Human Development and Family Studies

Current Graduate Students


Caitlin E. Stone, M.A.

5th year Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology

B.A. from Tufts University (Child Development & Psychology)

M.A. from the University of North Carolina - Greensboro in Clinical Psychology

Research Interests - The relationship between child emotional expressiveness, parental emotional socialization, and childhood psychopathology

Currently working on the RIGHT Track Project

 

Jennifer S. Mackler, B.A.

2nd year Clinical Psychology Student

B.A. from University of Maryland - College Park (2005)(Psychology & Crimonology)

Prior research experience - Child Development Lab (Dr.
Nathan Fox)

Currently working on the RIGHT Track Project & C.A.P. Study

 

Sara E. Loudermilk, M.A.

3rd year Clinical Psychology Student

B.S. from East Tennessee State University (2001)

M.A. from the University of North Carolina - Greensboro in Clinical Psychology (2007)

Research Interests - Child outcomes and the influence that parenting and the parent-child relationship have on these outcomes

Currently working on the RIGHT Track Project

 

Erik Nelson, B.A.

2nd year Master's Psychology Student

B.A. from North Carolina State University (Psychology)
B.S. from North Carolina State University (Biological Sciences)

Prior experience - special education teacher for Guilford County Schools

Research Interests - The perspective taking skills of young children and the role these skills play in theory of mind development

Currently working on the S.T.A.R. Project


Parita Vithlani, B.A.

1st year Developmental Psychology Student

B.A. from North Carolina State University (2007) (Psychology)

Prior research experience - Kindergarten Transition Study (Dr. Mary Haskett); Memory &
Narrative Development(Dr. Lynn Baker-Ward); Relationship Status & Attraction (Dr.
Katherine Klein)

Research Interests - to explore protective factors contributing to the positive socio-
emotional development of children.

Currently working on the S.T.A.R. Project

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 Current Post-Doctoral Fellows



Amanda P. Williford, Ph.D

Dr. Amanda Williford received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Virginia.
She received her M.A. and Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Dr. Williford completed her clinical internship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

She also completed a 1-year Clinical- and Policy-oriented postdoctoral appointment through the
Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships at UNCG. Currently, Dr. Williford is a postdoctoral fellow for an
NIMH funded, longitudinal grant entitled Developmental Trajectories of Early Behavior Problems.

Her clinical expertise is in the assessment and treatment of young children with externalizing behavior problems
and their families. Her research interests include the examination of risk and protective factors that predict
developmental pathways and stability of externalizing behavior.

 

Alysia Y. Blandon, Ph.D

Dr. Alysia Blandon received her B.A. in Psychology from Colorodo College. She received her
M.A. and Ph.D in Developmental Psychology from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Blandon is currently a postdoctoral fellow for an NIMH funded longitudinal grant entitled
Developmental Trajectories of Early Behavior Problems.

Her research interests are in studying how family processes shape children's early social and emotional
development. Dr. Blandon is particularly interested in exploring the interactive influences of contextual, child,
and family factors on the development of children's self-regulation (physiological, emotional, and behavioral)
across early childhood.