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Doctoral Students

Arden Cooper, B.A.

Master’s thesis topic: Parent-Child Physiological Synchrony during Emotional Family Discussions

Jackson Gray, M.A.

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

Dissertation: Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia Reactivity to Other’s Emotions as Predictors of Internalizing Symptoms in Middle Childhood

Erin McDonald, B.A.

Master’s thesis topic: fMRI Study of the Neural Correlates of Children’s Positive and Negative Empathy


Research Assistants


Warda Abdi, B.A.

Mother-child interaction rating, data entry, narrative rating        

Diana Beau

ECG scoring, data entry, behavioral rating      

Kyrsten Buote, B.A.

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

Chloe Ford

ECG scoring and process, facial affect rating

Tristen McDaniel

ECG scoring and processing, data entry

Fatema Momin

ECG scoring and processing, digital stimuli processing

Luke Reeves

ECG scoring and processing, facial affect rating

Tanner Thurman

ECG scoring and processing, digital stimuli processing

Kristy Tran

ECG scoring and processing

Constance Wilson

ECG scoring and processing, facial affect rating

Doctoral Graduates

Alyssa Ames-Sikora, Ph.D. (2019)

Current Position: Clinical Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD), Columbia University Medical Center

Master’s thesis: Depression and Empathy Predict Emotion-Modulated Startle

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

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: Psychologist, Division of Pediatric Behavioral Health, Nemours Children’s Health System

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


Faculty Advisor

Erin C. Tully, Ph.D.

Dr. Tully studies emotion-responsivity factors, such as appraisal of others’ emotions and empathic emotions, as potential risk and protective factors for depression and anxiety in children. She has a particular interest in how parents’ emotions and behaviors contribute to children’s development of empathy, compassion, and prosocial behavior. Dr. Tully and the FEELINGS lab researchers use diverse methodology, including behavioral observations, heart rate variability, and fMRI tasks to study these risk and protective factors from toddlerhood through early adolescence.

Research Collaborators

Lindsey Cohen, Ph.D.
Akihiko Masuda, Ph.D.
Erin Tone, Ph.D.

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