Human Development and Family Studies

 Fall 2013 Cohort


Name: Lindsey Gedaly


Program: MS/Ph.D

Education: B.A. in Psychology, Clark University 2013

Research Interest: Attachment, parenting, and early childhood development.

Advisor: Dr. Leerkes

Career Plans: Research




Name: Jin Qu


Program: Ph.D

Advisor: Dr. Esther Leerkes

Career Plans: Teaching and research.

Previous Education: M.S. in clinical psychology at Morehead State University in Kentucky. B.A. in psychology at Lawrence University in Wisconsin.

Research Interests: Infants’ emotion regulation, infant’s temperament. Maternal sensitivity. Parenting. Family system.




Name: Hongjian Cao


Program: Ph.D Advisor:

Dr. Mark Fine

Career Plans: Academic/Professor (teaching and research)

Previous Education: BS in Special Education, Beijing Normal University 2010, MS in Developmental Psychology, Beijing Normal University 2013

Research interests: Intimate Relationship, Divorce, Effects of family transitions on family members.






Name: Margaret Whedon


Program: Ph. D

Advisor: Dr. Susan Calkins

Career Plans: Academic/Professor (research and teaching)

Previous Education: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, June, 2010

Research Interests: I am interested in the development of self-regulation across infancy and early childhood. As a graduate student, I will explore the ways in which cognitive, emotional, and psychophysiological processes interact to support the effortful regulation of behavior, and their implications for early behavior and adjustment problems.



Name: Selin Zeytinoglu

Program: Ph.D




Name: Nina Conrad Allen

Program: LECE certificate

Bio: I am currently a fifth grade teacher in Davidson County. I graduated from UNCW in 2006 with a degree in elementary education. I graduated from Elon University in 2011 with a master's degree in elementary education. I am a National Board certified teacher. I am also certified as an AIG specialist and a reading specialist. After completing this program I would like to teach education classes at my local community college.




Name:  Sherri Shore Perdue
Program:  BK: ISED
Advisor:  Dr. Catherine Scott-Little
Career Plans:     Family & Child Advocate/Teacher
Previous Education:   AAS Early Childhood Education, GTCC ‘10, BS Auditory/Oral PID w/B-K Licensure,                                              UNCG ‘12
Research Interest:  Childhood Aggression, Emotional/Social Competency, Assessments-Diagnosis                                                   and Medication in Early Childhood



Name: Lauren Figurski


Program: BK:ILP

Advisor: Dr. Danielle Crosby

Career Plans: Early Interventionist/ Parent Educator

Previous Education: B.S. in Family Community Services, Michigan State University Research Interests: Atypical Development Infant-Toddler, Parent-Child Interactions, Screening and Assessments of Infants/Toddlers, Early Childhood Inclusive Education Settings



Kathryn King Edge (BKISED)




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Name: Kelly Griffin
Program: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Leadership in Early Care and Education
Career Plans: Preschool Teacher/Preschool Director
Previous Education: BS in Child Development, Meredith College 2013
Research Interests: The Development of Phonological Awareness in Young Children and Strategies to Teach Monolingual and Dual Language Learners in North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten (NC Pre-K) Programs


Name Tara Kidroske
Program: -MEd BKISD
Advisor Dr. Catherine Scott-Little
Career plans: Early intervention, family support, Kindergarten readiness
Previous Education: Bachelor of Science in Psychology/ minor in Counseling; Liberty University 2012


Name: Diana Tursi


Program: B-K licensure, Masters in Education

Career Plans: Inclusive preschool teaching and administration

Previous Education: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Child development concentration, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC – May, 2005

Research Interests: Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education, Special Needs Inclusion in Preschool Settings