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Doctoral Students

Kyrsten Buote, B.A.

Master’s thesis topic: Parent-Child Dyadic Mutuality during Discussions of Family Events

Arden Cooper, B.A.

Master’s thesis topic: Physiological Correlates of Interpersonal Guilt during Middle Childhood

Katrina Farris, B.A.

Master’s thesis topic: Neural Correlates of Children’s Positive Empathy toward Mothers

Erin McDonald, B.A.

Master’s thesis topic: Neural Correlates of Children’s Empathy and Prosocial Behaviors

Amanda Thompson, M.A.

Dissertation topic: Longitudinal Models of Parenting, Genes, Emotionality, and Internalizing Problems

Katie Tobin, B.A.

Master’s thesis topic: Longitudinal Models of Parents’ and Child’s Internalizing Problems Moderated by Parenting


Research Assistants


Ava Barnes, M.A.

Parent-child emotional discussions rating team  

Diana Beaubrun, B.A.

Behavioral rating, participant recruitment   

Katie French

Parent-child discussion rating

Fatema Momin, B.S.

ECG scoring and processing, digital stimuli processing

Zainab Nabi

ECG scoring and processing

Lexi Smith

ECG scoring and processing

Victoria Steelman

Parent-child discussion rating

Constance Wilson, B.A.

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

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: Research Associate, 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

Jackson Gray, Ph.D. (2020)

Current Position: Pediatric Neuropsychology Postdoc; Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, University of Denver

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

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

Laura McKee, Ph.D.
Akihiko Masuda, Ph.D.
Erin Tone, Ph.D.