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Our Current Graduate Students

Odetta Odartey Addo

Odetta Odartey Addo

Odetta is originally from Ghana, West Africa. She received her MS in Criminal Justice and Human Services from Elmira College and her MSW from Syracuse University. Her advisor is Robert Moreno. Odetta’s research interests are in single-motherhood and positive child outcomes, the relationship between social support and child outcomes, and the impact of acculturation on the value system and parenting strategies of the Ghanaian American woman.

Email: oodartey@syr.edu

DeAnna Laura Bay

DeAnna Laura Bay

DeAnna is originally from Liverpool, NY. She received her B.S. in Psychology and Spanish from Wager College and M.Ed. in Therapeutic Recreation Management and Child Life from Springfield College. Her advisor is Dr. Roopnarine. DeAnna’s research interests include one-person child life programs, children’s play/recreation in medical settings in multicultural contexts, patient and family centered care, and family expectations of dolphin-assisted therapy/activities.

Email: dbay01@syr.edu

Christina Bobesky

Christina Bobesky

Christina is from Camillus, NY. She received her BA in Psychology from Le Moyne College, and her MS in Mental Health Counseling from SUNY Oswego. Her advisor is Dr. Matthew Mulvaney. Christina’s research interests include immigrant family acculturation, bicultural adaptation, intergenerational interactions, aging, and the study of Ukrainian families.

Email: rklinsne@syr.edu

Ayse Duygu Cakirsoy-Aslan

Ayse Duygu Cakirsoy-Aslan

Ayse is from Istanbul, Turkey. She received her BA in Psychology and her Master’s in Developmental Psychology from Koc University in Turkey. Her advisor is Matthew Mulvaney. Ayse’s research interests are in predictors of control of women’s bodies and sexuality, conceptions of honor and attitudes towards honor and honor-related violence in Turkish cultural context.

Email: adcakirs@syr.edu

Jason Chiang

Jason Chiang

Jason is originally from Taichung, Taiwan and immigrated to Canada with his family when he was 19 years old. He received his B.Sc. in Psychology from University of Toronto, and his M.S. in Educational Psychology and Methodology from SUNY Albany. His advisor is Robert Moreno. Jason’s research interests are the unique parental beliefs and practices found among Chinese families and their effects on children’s psychological and academic outcomes, and experiences of East Asian immigrant families in North America.

Email: jachiang@syr.edu

Melinda Day

Melinda Day

Melinda is from Norwalk, CT. She received her BA in Child Development from Tufts University and her Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Illinois-Chicago. Her advisor is Robert Moreno. Melinda’s research interests are in early childhood education, race and ethnic stereotype formation in young children, preschool teacher training, and multicultural education.

Email: meday@syr.edu

Meghan Hall

Meghan Hall

Meghan is from Bow, New Hampshire. She received both her B.A. in Biology and M.S. in Child and Family Global Health from Syracuse University. Her advisor is Dr. Bruce Carter. Meghan’s research interests are racial and ethnic health disparities in child and family health, child development in cross-cultural contexts, and the effects of parental health and behavior on child development and parent-child relationships.

Email: mbhall@syr.edu

Woosang Hwang

Woosang Hwang

Woosang is originally from Seoul, South Korea. He received his BA in Child and Family Studies and Mass Communication, and MA in Child and Family Studies from Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea. His advisor is Dr. Eunjoo Jung. Woosang took a Certificate of Advanced Study in ‘Public Management and Policy’ at the Department of Public Administration and now, he is working in the Aging Study Institute as a research assistant. He’s research interest is 1) work-family policies and low-fertility issues, 2) employed mothers and their young children’s well-being, and 3) aging and intergeneration family relations over the life course.

Email: hwoosang@syr.edu

Lei Jin

Lei Jin

Lei is from Nanjing, China. She received her BS in Psychology from Nanjing Normal University in China and her master’s in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in human learning from University of Colorado-Denver. Her advisor is Robert Moreno. Lei’s research interests are in cross-cultural studies, the effects of acculturation on parent-child relationships, adolescent school outcomes and their heritage language acquisition in Immigrant families (e.g., Asian American families).

Email: lejin@syr.edu

Jennifer King

Jennifer King

Jenn is from Brockport, NY. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy from Cornell University; an M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Millersville University, PA; and an M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the U. of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry. Jenn is a practicing marriage and family therapist. Her advisor is Bruce Carter. Her research interest is inter-generational communication and socialization processes, specifically between mothers and daughters at menarche.

Email: jnking01@syr.edu

Nesibe Sumeyye Kutahyalioglu

Nesibe Sumeyye Kutahyalioglu

Nesibe is a master student in the Child and Family Studies. She was born and grew up in Ankara, Turkey. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Dumlupinar University, Turkey. Also she practiced two years in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Nesibe’s advisor is Dr. Jaipaul Roopnarine. Her research interests include neonatal and infant’s mental health, mother – baby relationship before the birth and after the birth and how the delivery process affects the baby’s psychology.

Email: nskutahy@syr.edu

Hyun Sook Lee

Hyun Sook Lee

Email: hlee56@syr.edu

Rachel Linsner

Rachel Linsner

Rachel is from Clifton Springs, NY. She received her BS in Human Development from Cornell University. Her advisor is Matt Mulvaney. Rachel’s interests are in early childhood education, teacher training, family policies, and families in the social services/foster care system.

Email: rklinsne@syr.edu

Aysha Mabin

Aysha Mabin

Aysha is from Cerritos, California. She received her BA in Psychology with a minor in Child and Adolescent Development from California State University, Fullerton. Her advisor is Dr. Ambika Krishnakumar. Aysha’s research interests include the influences of parents’ personal health, involvement and marital impediments on child social-emotional development and academic achievement. Her interests also include examining societal and familial culture on the educational endeavors of Black/African-American youth.

Email: amabin@syr.edu

Debra Powless Montroy

Debra Powless Montroy

Debra is from Syracuse, New York. She received her BA in Sociology from State University of New York at Oswego. She has a Master’s Degree in School Counselor Education, a C.A.S. degree in Guidance and Counseling and a C.A.S degree in Educational Leadership, all from Syracuse University. Debra’s advisor is Eunjoo Jung. Debra’s research interests include educational attainment, children’s resilience and academic success, and family empowerment in school settings.

Email: dpmontro@syr.edu

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Varsty Muhammad

Email: vmuhamma@syr.edu

Allie Murray

Allie Murray

Allie is originally from Downingtown, Pennsylvania. She received her BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Information Technology Management from the University of Notre Dame. She also spent a year serving as an AmeriCorps member at the Robinson Community Learning Center in South Bend, IN. Allie’s advisor is Dr. Kamala Ramadoss. Her research interests include the influence of youth sports on children as it relates to helicopter parenting, organized play, and the reinforcement of coaches.

Email: almur100@syr.edu

Robert Myers III

Robert Myers III

Robert grew up in from Lancaster, PA. He received his BA in Psychology from Temple University and his Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) and Master’s in International Relationships (MA-IR) at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. His advisor is Dr. Jaipaul Roopnarine. Robert’s research interests are in disability studies, early childhood and inclusive education, adolescent transition, economic empowerment and intersectionality.

Email: remyersi@syr.edu

Jesse Cawley Palermo

Jesse Cawley Palermo

Jesse is from Skaneateles, NY. He received his BA in Architecture and Education from Princeton University and his MS in Social Work from Columbia University. He is currently practicing as an LMSW in behavioral health. Jesse’s advisor is Dr. Bruce Carter. His research interests include expression and prodromal symptoms of mood disorders among youth, genetic basis of substance use disorders and modalities of family therapy.

Email: jcpalerm@syr.edu

Mark Primus

Mark Primus

Email: maprimus@syr.edu

Sangita Pudasainee-Kapri

Sangita Pudasainee-Kapri

Sangita is from Nepal. She received her BS in Nursing from Tribhuvan University, Nepal and her MS in Child and Family Studies from Syracuse University. Her advisor is Rachel Razza. Sangita’s research interests are parent-child relationships, father involvement with their children, mother-father relationship quality, socio-emotional development, and behavior and health outcomes among children.

Email: spudasai@syr.edu

Kimberly Raymond

Kimberly Raymond

Kimberly is from Syracuse, NY. She received her BA in Psychology and her MS in Human Services/Counseling from the State University of New York at Oswego. Her advisor is Rachel Razza. Kimberly’s research interests include the area of child social withdrawal, as well as the influence of social, emotional, and cognitive development on child social functioning and peer interactions.

Email: kraymond@syr.edu

Staceyann Barbett Reid

Staceyann Reid

Staceyann is from Queens, NY. She received her BA in Psychology from the City University of New York – Queens College and her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from LIU Post. She also has a Post-Baccalaureate Advanced Certificate in Play Therapy from the State University of New York at Oswego. Her advisor is Dr. Rachel Razza. Staceyann’s research interests are in social-emotional development, childhood trauma, mindfulness, and the academic success of at-risk urban children and youth.

Email: sbreid@syr.edu

 Rodlyn Remina Yafetto

Rodlyn Remina Yafetto

Rodlyn received her Master’s in Administration with a specialization in Human Resources from Lasell College, and a BS in Management from Cambridge and Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Rodlyn’s advisor is Dr. Jung. Her Research Interests include early childhood education, child development, family dynamics’ impact on young children’s school performance and child discipline within immigrant families. Rodlyn is originally from Cape Coast, Ghana.

Email: rryafett@syr.edu

Kai Sun

Kai Sun

Kai is from Shandong, China. She received her BS in Applied Psychology from East China Normal University (Shanghai, China). Her advisor is Robert Moreno. Kai’s research interests are in parent-child teaching interactions, early math education at home and Chinese immigrant families.

Email: ksun02@syr.edu

Dimple Vadgama

Dimple Vadgama

Dimple is from Mumbai, India. She received her B.Sc. in Human Development with Developmental Counseling major from SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, India. She received her M.Sc. in Human Development from Mumbai University. Her advisor is Dr. Jaipaul Roopnarine. Dimple’s research interests are in parent-child relationships, parents’ involvement in their children’s academic socialization, acculturation and Asian Indian families.

Email: dpvadgam@syr.edu

Michael Waide

Michael Waide

Michael is from West Virginia. He received his BS in Medical Laboratory Science from West Liberty University and his M.Div. from Emory University. His advisor is Kamala Ramadoss. Michael’s research interests are caregiver stress and grandparent-grandchild relationships.

Email: mwaide@syr.edu

Susima Weerakoon

Susima Weerakoon

Susima Weerakoon is from Beverly Hills, Michigan. She received her BA in Child Development from Michigan State University. Her advisor is Dr. Bruce Carter. Susima’s research interests include early childhood education, preschool teacher training, and academic success for at-risk children.

Email: stweerak@syr.edu

Grace Wischerth

Grace Wischerth

Grace is originally from NYC. She received her BA in Cognitive Science from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. Her temporary adviser is Dr. Rachel Razza. Grace’s research interests are in emotional development, risk and resilience, families of low-socioeconomic status, parenting, and cross-cultural research.

Email: gawische@syr.edu

Xiaoyan Zhang

Xiaoyan Zhang

Xiaoyan is originally from Guangdong, China. She holds a bachelor degree from Guangdong Polytechnic Normal University where she studied English (Translation). Her advisor is Dr. Ambika Krishnakumar. Xiaoyan’s research interests are early childhood education, parenting, and the effects of maternal negative emotion on children’s long-term development. She can usually be found training for her next run or eating Cantonese food.

Email: xzhan147@syr.edu

Ying Zhang

Ying Zhang

Ying Zhang is the first-year PhD candidate in the Child and Family Studies. She was born and grew up in China, where she received her Master of Education degree from Jilin University, majoring in applied psychology. Ying’s interests is exploring how family system and school education influence children’s emotional experience, cognitive processing and positive outcomes. Her advisor is Dr. Eunjoo Jung.In her spare time, she enjoys playing badminton, bowling, learning and trying anything new with curiosities.

Email: yzhan41@syr.edu

Yue Zhang

Yue Zhang

Yue is from Tianjin, China. She received her B.A. in English Translation from Tianjin Foreign Studies University and her M.S. in Child and Family Studies in Syracuse University. Her advisor is Eunjoo Jung. Yue’s research interests focus on investigating the factors that affect immigrant children’s learning and educational achievement, especially in Asian immigrant children and family in the U.S. She is also interested in studying the parent-child interactions and the influences of parenting styles on immigrant’s children’s outcome.

Email: yzhan114@syr.edu

Zhenqiang Zhao

Zhenqiang Zhao

Zhenqiang Zhao is from northeastern part of China and completed Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Wuhan University in China. Zhao’s advisor is Dr. Eunjoo Jung. Zhao’s research interests include parenting or interactions between parents and their children under different cultural environment, parental/familial influences on child and adolescent development

Email: zzhao26@syr.edu