Meet Our Students

Our Current Graduate Students

Odetta Odartey Addo

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

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

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

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.S. in Psychology from University of Toronto, and his M.S. in Educational Psychology and Methodology from SUNY Albany. His advisor is Dr. Jaipaul Roopnarine. 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

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 B.A. in Child and Family Studies and Mass Communication, and M.A. 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 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

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

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

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

Debra Powless Montroy

Debra Powless Montroy

Debra is from Syracuse, New York. She received her B.A. 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

Mark Primus

Mark Primus

Email: maprimus@syr.edu

Kimberly Raymond

Kimberly Raymond

Kimberly is from Syracuse, NY. She received her B.A. in Psychology and her MS in Human Services/Counseling from the State University of New York at Oswego. Her advisor is Dr. 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 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

 

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. Kamala Ramadoss.

Email: rryafett@syr.edu

Kai Sun

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

Jennifer Thomas

Jennifer is originally from Camillus, NY. She received her B.A. in Psychology from St. Bonaventure University. Her adviser is Dr. Kamala Ramadoss. Jennifer’s research interests include analyzing variables related to positive and negative outcomes of at-risk youth living in residential treatment programs. Jennifer is also interested in researching early childhood parentification as it relates to child development and life trajectory.

Email: jmtho100@syr.edu

 

Rui Tian

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

Dimple Vadgama

Dimple Vadgama

Dimple is from Mumbai, India. She received her B.S. in Human Development with Developmental Counseling major from SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, India. She received her M.S. in Human Development from Mumbai University. Her advisor is Dr. Kamala Ramadoss. 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

Susima Weerakoon

Susima Weerakoon

Susima Weerakoon is from Beverly Hills, Michigan. She received her B.A. 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 B.A. in Cognitive Science from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. Her adviser is Dr. Matthew Mulvaney. 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

Ying Xu

Ying Xu is from China and received her B.A. in English from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. She worked for 11 years at a US NGO aiming to provide quality care and education programs for orphans and left-behind children and families in China and other Asian countries. Ying is a certified professional trainer by CIIC. Ying’s research interests include parenting, sex education for children, how to support children and families who are separate, as well as how the parents’ relationship influence children’s development.

Email: yxu136@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 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

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 Dr. 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