Developmental Psychology Faculty

Core Faculty

  • Richard Bargdill
    I research habitual experiences of boredom; meaningful events in people’s lives including: Peak and Plateau experiences, aesthetic chills, environmental activism, and self-actualization.
  • Alicia Borre
    Individual, familial and contextual factors associated with resilience in children and youth. Parenting processes and positive development; stress, coping and wellbeing.
  • Ellen Carpenter
    Scholarship of teaching and learning: alternative grading schemes, undergraduate teaching assistants, personality traits conducive to successful online learning; faculty mentoring; DEI pedagogy. 
  • Wendy Kliewer
    Social development of school-age children; stress and coping by children and parents; health behaviors; effects of violence on children; coping with illness and community violence.
  • Fantasy Lozada
    Social and emotional development among African American and Latine families; culturally affirming and responsive school environments family cultural and socialization processes; culture and race-related experiences as a context for lifespan development; and psychophysiological correlates of emotion.
  • Terri Sullivan
    Impact of peer victimization and witnessed violence on children’s social and emotional development; emotional and social competencies in adolescent development; school-based violence prevention program development and evaluation.
  • Chelsea Williams 
    Positive development and well-being, particularly among Latine, African American and Multiracial youth and families; young children’s ethnic-racial identity and cultural experiences; ethnic-racial identity across the lifespan; ethnic-racial socialization and the role of families; psychological, educational, and health outcomes/disparities.
  • Marcia Winter
    Child development in contexts of both acute and chronic stress; susceptibility and adaptation at individual, dyadic, and family group levels; parenting and family processes; biopsychosocial processes of child emotional and physical health.

Affiliate Faculty

  • Amy Adkins
  • Fazil Aliev
  • Peter Barr
  • Rosalie Corona 
    Primary affiliation: Clinical psychology (child/adolescent concentration)
    Emotional and behavioral adjustment of minority adolescents, particularly Latino youth; developing and evaluating interventions that promote adolescent health and resilience.
  • Tracey Gendron
    Primary affiliation: Gerontology
    Professional identity development and career commitment of Gerontologists, education through community engagement and service-learning, aging anxiety, ageism and gerontophobia, LGBT aging and staff knowledge and quality of care.
  • Shawn Jones
    Primary Affiliation: Counseling Psychology
    Research to understand the interplay between race-related risk and protective factors that influence Black youth and family wellbeing.
  • Sally Kuo
  • Bryce McLeod
    Primary affiliation: Child-clinical psychology (child/adolescent concentration)
    Research designed to promote understanding of how psychotherapy reduces dysfunction and promotes mental health in youth.
  • Michael Southam-Gerow, Chair of Psychology Department
    Primary affiliation: Child-clinical psychology (child/adolescent concentration)
    Treatment of childhood internalizing disorders, evaluation of treatment outcome in real-world settings, developmental psychopathology research related to emotion understanding and regulation.
  • E. Ayn Welleford
    Primary affiliation: Gerontology
    Successful aging, caregiver burden, coping with distress, adult mother-daughter relationships, and geriatric education.

Emeritus Faculty

  • Barbara Myers
    Children and families of incarcerated parents; parenting children with autism spectrum disorders, disabilities, or other risk conditions; early intervention for young children with disabilities.