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Graduate Students

Alyssa Ames-Sikora, M.A.

Alyssa studies emotion reactivity and parent-child interactions as risk and protective factors for depression in children, adolescents, and young adults.

Master's thesis: Depression and Empathy Predict Emotion-Modulated Startle Reactivity.

Dissertation: Rigidity of Maternal Emotion Expressions during Mother-Child Interactions in Relation to Mother’s Depression

Jackson Gray, M.A.

Jackson studies emotion regulation and heart rate variability in relation to anxiety and depression.

Master's thesis: Cognitive Reappraisal Moderates the Quadratic Association between Heart Rate Variability and Negative Affectivity



Research Assistants

Warda Abdi

Mother-child interaction rating, data entry, narrative rating        

Kyrsten Buote

Participant recruitment, data collection, data entry, emotion image rating, behavioral observation coding                                                                                                                                                            

Stacy Epeagba

ECG scoring

Elisa Guzman-Pantoja

Emotion image rating, fMRI digital stimuli processing, data entry, narrative rating

Candice Jones

Emotion image rating, fMRI digital stimuli processing, data entry, behavioral observation coding

Naomi Ruffin

ECG scoring and processing

Tanner Thurman

ECG scoring, digital stimuli processing

Kristy (Nam Phuong) Tran

ECG scoring

Ava Ward Barnes

Behavioral observation coding


Recent Graduates

Meghan Rose Donohue, Ph.D. (2018)

Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine

Master's thesis: Learning to Repair Transgressions: Toddlers' Social Learning of a Reparative Prosocial Act

Dissertation: Functions of Guilt and Reparative Behaviors in Middle Childhood

Sarah Garcia, Ph.D. (2017)

Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Psychology, University of Denver

Master's thesis: The Association between Empathy and Prosocial Story Themes and Internalizing Problems in School-Aged Children

Dissertation: Negatively Biased Facial Affect Discernment and Socially Inhibited Behavior in Middle Childhood

Meena Khowaja, Ph.D. (2017)

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Children's Hospital Colorado

Dissertation: Associations between Stress and Resourcefulness among Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities


Faculty Advisor


Erin C. Tully, Ph.D.

Erin earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Emory University. She studies intergenerational transmission of risk for depression and family characteristics that foster healthy psychological outcomes in children. She has a particular interest in how parents' emotions and behaviors contribute to children's development of compassion.

Research Collaborators


Akihiko Masuda, Ph.D.

Erin Tone, Ph.D.


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