Human Development and Family Studies


Stephanie Parade, Esther Leerkes, and Regan Burney at hooding ceremony, December 2010.

My current graduate students are:

Jin Qu who is interested in how maternal sensitivity affects children's later socio-emotional development and in the factors (e.g. early childhood experience, emotion regulation, cognitive factors) that predict parenting behavior.

Lindsey Gedaly who is interested in early childhood development and parenting with an emphasis on parent-child attachment.

Pamela Norcross who is interested in infant development, attachment, maternal behaviors, and early parenting.
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(Jessica Gudmundson & Esther Leerkes, May 2012) Esther Leerkes & Meagan Matthews, HDFS Graduation Recognition Ceremony, May 2013

Recent graduate students:

Meagan Matthews, MS (2013)
Thesis: Psychosocial Predictors of Breastfeeding Initiation and Duration
Current Employment: Parent Educator, United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham

Jessica Gudmundson, Ph.D (2012)
Current Position: Data Collection Specialist, STAR Project, UNCG
Dissertation: Links Between Maternal Education and Parenting During Children's First Three Years: The Moderating Role of Income and Partner Status

Stephanie Parade, Ph.D. (2010)
Current Position: Research Assistant Professor, Alpert School of Medicine, Brown University
Dissertation: Marital Satisfaction Across The Transition To Parenthood: A Vulnerability-Stress-Adaptation Perspective.

Regan Burney, Ph.D. (2010).
Dissertation: Links Between Temperament and Coparenting: The Moderating Role Of Family Characteristics.
Current employment: Project Manager, Children's Healthy Weight Research Group, UNC-Chapel Hill, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

Kathy Siepak, Ph.D. (2008).
Current position: Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education, University of Texas of the Permian Basin
Dissertation: Longitudinal Influences of Maternal Sensitivity on Infant Temperamental Reactivity and Emotion Regulation