Human Development and Family Studies

Heather Helms, Ph.D.

Current Students

Kaicee Beal

Kaicee Beal, M.S.

Research Interests: ADHD and family processes, with a particular interest in marriage and parenting

Former Students

Natalie Hengstebeck

Natalie Hengstebeck, M.S., Ph.D.
2015/2016 Fulbright Scholar, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Research Interests: Marriage, family policy, marriage in cultural contexts, effects of macro-level policies on micro-level individuals and families, marital and family dynamics and coping strategies

Masters Thesis: Spouses' gender role attitudes, wives' employment status, and Mexican-origin husbands' marital satisfaction (link to NC Docks)

Doctoral Dissertation: Childrearing, Gender, and Well-Being in Cross-National Context (link to dissertation)

Current Work: Postdoctoral Fellow, Scholars Strategy Network, Research Triangle Park Chapter, Duke University

Claire Wood

Claire Wood, M.S., Ph.D.

Research interests: Initiation and dissolution of relationships, marital processes

Master's Thesis: Gender-typed attributes and marital satisfaction in Mexican immigrant couples: a latent profile approach (link to NC Docks)

Doctoral Dissertation: Person-centered approaches to modeling trajectories of concurrent substance use across adolescence and adulthood: individual and family background predictors (Link to NC Docks)

Current Work: Assistant Research Professor, Missouri Institute of Mental Health

Dr. Helms with Dr. Yuliana Rodriguez at graduation

Yuliana Rodriguez, M.S, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, East Carolina University, Department of Human Development and Family Science

Master’s Thesis: Spillover and Crossover Effects of Mexican Immigrant
Wives’ Acculturative Stress on Spouses’ Marital Satisfaction and Marital Conflict as moderated by Wives’ Marriage Work with Husband and Close Friend
(link to NC Docks)

Doctoral Dissertation: Mexican immigrant couples' marital quality and coparenting satisfaction: the role of spouses' incongruence in familism attitudes (link to NC Docks)

Dr. Helms with Dr. Gerry Carter at graduation

Gerry Carter, MA., MPA, Ph.D, Executive Director, Catholic Social Services of the Diocese of Charlotte, NC

Dissertation: Predictors of Change in Relationships Quality among First-time Unmarried Parents

Dr. Debra Craig Allman

Deb Craig Allman, Ph.D, Instructor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, UNCG

Dissertation: Household Income, Economic Pressure, and Depressive Mood among Unmarried Women in Midlife: The Moderating Effects of Locus of Control, Financial Instrumental Support Received from Parents, and Race

Dr. Helms with Dr. Christine Proulx at graduation

Christine Proulx, M.S., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Missouri

Dissertation: A Contextual Process Model of the Associations among Family Vulnerabilities, Life Stressors, Marital Behavior, Marital Satisfaction, and Personal Well-being

Dr. Helms with Dr. Jill Walls at graduation

Jill Walls. M.S., Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Ball State University, Family and Consumer Sciences Department

Dissertation: Implications of Intensive Mothering Beliefs for the Well-being of Full-time Employed Mothers of Infants: Moderating Effects of Childcare Satisfaction and Workplace Flexibility

Dr. Helms with Dr. Stephanie Parade at graduation

Stephanie Parade, M.S., Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University

Dissertation: Marital Satisfaction Across the Transition to Parenthood: A Vulnerability-Stress-Adaptation Perspective