Fowler Memorial House, Room 207
1200 West State St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Science
HHS Signature Research Area(s)
- Developmental Health and Wellness
Department of Human Development and Family Science Research Area(s)
- Health and Well-Being
- Interpersonal Relations
I joined the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the fall of 2019. Prior to that, I earned my PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Pediatrics/Section of Nutrition at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. My research is centered on the role of individual differences, such as temperament and self-regulation, in promoting healthy eating patterns and growth trajectories in early childhood. In addition, I am interested in whether child characteristics evoke parenting practices that support optimal growth and developmental outcomes. My research involves laboratory observations of child behavior and parent-child interactions during play and feeding contexts. To date, my work has focused on infancy and early childhood, which are influential periods for shaping long term food preferences and dietary patterns.
- PhD, 2016, Pennsylvania State University
- HDFS 325 - Health & Health Care for Children and Families