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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

Meghan Rose Donohue, M.A.

Rose studies young children's understanding of emotions, guilt following transgressions, and use of reparative behaviors.

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

Meghan Goyer, M.A.

Meghan is interested in emotion regulation, mindfulness, and cognitive biases as risks for depression and anxiety.

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         

Kyrsten Buote

Participant recruitment, data collection, data entry, emotion image rating                                                                                                                                                              

Alley Christopher

Data collection, emotion image rating

Meghan Dishman

Mother-child interaction rating, digital stimuli processing, data entry

Stacy Epeagba

ECG scoring

Miriah Green

Facial affect rating, digital stimuli processing, data entry

Elisa Guzman-Pantoja

Emotion image rating, fMRI digital stimuli processing, data entry

Andrew Helbling

Facial affect rating, mother-child interaction rating, fMRI data collection, data entry

Candice Jones

Emotion image rating, fMRI digital stimuli processing, data entry

Emilie Lefranois-Gijzen

Mother-child interaction rating, digital stimuli processing, data entry

Maya McKenzie

Data collection

Sean Minton

ECG scoring

Summer Shelton

Data collection, data entry, data coding

Tanner Thurman

ECG scoring, digital stimuli processing


Recent Graduates

Sarah Garcia, Ph.D. (2017)

Current Position: Postdoctoral 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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