Meet Our Students

Our Current Graduate Students

Aida Abolhassani portrait

Aida Abolhassani

Aida is originally from Iran, Tehran. She received her bachelor in Microbiology and M.S. in Family Counseling from Beheshti University, also she had one semester experience in Guidance and Counseling in University of Putra Malaysia. In addition she worked as a counselor with the approach of Cognetive Behavior Therapy and Schema Therapy about 5 years in Iran. Her advisor is Dr. Jaipaul Roopnarine and her research interest are in children’s play/parent-child relationship and child development in cross-cultural contexts, and the effects of parental behavior on child development.

Email: aabolhas@syr.edu

Odetta Odartey Addo portrait

Odetta Odartey Addo

Odetta is originally from Ghana, West Africa. She received her M.S. in Criminal Justice and Human Services from Elmira College and her MSW from Syracuse University. Her advisor is Dr. Ambika Krishnakumar. 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 portrait

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. Jaipaul 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

Ayse Duygu Cakirsoy-Aslan portrait

Ayse Duygu Cakirsoy-Aslan

Ayse is from Istanbul, Turkey. She received her B.A. in Psychology and her Master’s in Developmental Psychology from Koc University in Turkey. Her advisor is Dr. 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

Taylor Ellis portrait

Taylor Ellis

Taylor Ellis is from Wayne County, NY. She received her B.A. in Child and Family Studies at Keuka College. Her advisor is Dr. Bruce Carter. Some of her research interests include family systems, migration patters, cultural diversity, development, and immigrant and refugee families.

Email: tnellis@syr.edu

Bio-Xiaoyu Fu portrait

Bio-Xiaoyu Fu

Xiaoyu is from Jiangxi, China. She received her B.S. in International Studies from Renmin University of China, and her M.A. in Public Administration from Northeastern University. Her advisor is Dr. Eunjoo Jung. Fu’s research interests are in parenting, parent-child relationship, early childhood education, and children’s school achievement.

Email: xfu104@syr.edu

Meghan Hall portrait

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

Lei Jin portrait

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 Dr. Ambika Krishnakumar. 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 portrait

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 Dr. Bruce Carter. Her research interest is inter-generational communication and socialization processes, specifically between mothers and daughters at menarche.

Email: jnking01@syr.edu

Rachel Linsner portrait

Rachel Linsner

Rachel is from Clifton Springs, NY. She received her B.S. in Human Development from Cornell University. Her advisor is Dr. Matthew 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 portrait

Aysha Mabin

Aysha is from Cerritos, California. She received her B.A. 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

Dickson Mukara Matsantsa Ongayi Portrait

Dickson Mukara Matsantsa Ong’ayi

Dickson is originally from Kenya, East Africa. He received his B.ED. in Early Childhood Development and Education from Kenyatta University – Kenya and M.A in Child Development from University of Haifa-Israel. His advisor is Dr. Jaipaul Roopnarine. Dickson’s research interest is in parent-child relationship, and paternal involvement and their influence on children’s socio-emotional and cognitive development across sub-Saharan Africa. He is also interested in cross-cultural child disciplining strategies, allocare, and intimate partner violence and how these factors affect children’s psychological well-being and academic outcome.

Email: dmongayi@syr.edu

Staceyann Barbett Reid portrait

Staceyann Reid

Staceyann is from Queens, NY. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the City University of New York – Queens College and her M..S 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

Sanum Shafi portrait

Sanum Shafi

Sanum holds a bachelor degree from SUNY Binghamton where she studied Psychology and French Linguistics. Her family is originally from Pakistan so she is also fluent in Urdu and Hindi. Sanum’s research interests are early childhood education, bilingual education, and child development in cross-cultural contexts. Her advisor is Dr. Bruce Carter.

Email: sshafi@syr.edu

 Rodlyn Yafetto portrait

Rodlyn Remina Yafetto

Rodlyn is a doctoral student who received her Master’s in Administration with a specialization in Human Resources from Lasell College, and a B.S. in Management from Cambridge and Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Rodlyn’s research focuses on work and family. Her research interests are in immigrant and refugee families, family dynamics’ impact on relationship satisfaction and children’s academic performance, and the use of religion and spirituality practices as a coping mechanism for work and family stress within immigrant families. Rodlyn’s advisor is Dr. Bruce Carter.

Email: rryafett@syr.edu

Kai Sun portrait

Kai Sun

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

Email: ksun02@syr.edu

 

Rui Tian portrait

Rui Tian

Rui Tian is from Beijing, China. She received her B.S in Psychology from Beijing Forestry University and her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Syracuse University. Her advisor is Dr. Ambika Krishnakumar. Rui’s research interests are parenting, marital quality, inter-parental conflict and how those factors affect children developmental outcomes. She loves cats and she is an indoor person.

Email: rtian100@syr.edu

Xiaoyan Zhang portrait

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 portrait

Ying Zhang

Ying Zhang is from Jilin, China. She received her Master degree from Jilin University with a major in Applied Psychology. Her advisor is Dr. Rachel Razza. Ying’s research interests are parenting, self-regulation, mindfulness, and children’s school achievement.

Email: yzhan41@syr.edu