Welcome to the Research Team page!
Our projects definitely require a team effort! I have had the pleasure of working with a number of faculty colleagues, project staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students on a number of different research projects.
Below are photos and links to research team members.
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South Bend Professional Staff
Cheryl Lee, Project Coordinator
Gretchen Nichols, Family Coach
Melissa Denney, Family Coach
Geri Sult, Family Coach
Kathy Heyn, Assessment Coordinator
Michael Lafollette, Recruitment Coordinator
Ft. Wayne Professional Staff
Kathleen Bergman Miller, Ph.D., Project Coordinator
Dianna graduated from California State University Long Beach in 2013 with a B.A. in Psychology, and a minor in Sociology. Her research interests focus on the development of children from low-income, minority families. Specifically, she is interested in how parenting techniques influence the socio-emotional and academic development of at-risk children. Outside of school, Dianna enjoys swimming and biking.
Molly graduated from Texas Christian University in 2015 with a B.S. in Psychology. She is broadly interested in parent-infant interactions, attachment, theory of mind, and socio-emotional functioning. She is currently involved in a project examining how parent and infant emotion, cognition, and physiology influence the developing attachment relationship. By studying the complex emotional, cognitive, and physiological changes as the parent-infant relationship begins, she hopes to provide insight on how we can better aid parents and babies during such a vulnerable, yet crucial time. In her spare time, Molly enjoys baking and hiking with her dog, Brynn.
Amanda graduated from Lehigh University in early 2015. Her research focuses on the development of emotion regulation in young children. More specifically, she is interested in the factors that influence emotion regulation (e.g. parenting) and the factors that emotion regulation influences (e.g. social competence). Amanda plans to use her findings to help design prevention/intervention programs for children who have poor emotion regulation in order to encourage better outcomes for both the children and their families.
Sam graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2018 with a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology. She is interested in parenting and the socio-emotional development of children. Her interests are specially geared toward research of the marital conflicts, parenting interventions, and the parental relationships with the school system. She enjoys all types of sports and movies and loves spending quality time with her Bernedoodle, Finnegan!
Emily is interested in several lines of research relevant to familial and formal educational settings. Her interests include the impact of parental emotion regulation on child attachment, emotion-regulation, and academic achievement, as well as factors that negatively impact and could improve child emotion-regulation, character development, and academic perseverance and achievement.
2019 Undergraduate Research Assistants
Maria Elosua Cantu
Mary Ellen McCabe