Estephan “Steve” Hakim Advisor: Kristina McDonald

Steve is a second-year graduate student working with Dr. Kristina McDonald in the Developmental program. He received his BS in Psychology from UAB where he spent 2 years studying adolescent psychopathology with Dr. Sylvie Mrug. More recently, he has worked in various research labs at Cal State University, Northridge. His interests include the development of maladaptive coping strategies in adolescents and adolescent aggression. He is equal parts country and rock and roll.

Stephanie Masters

Stephanie is a third year student working with Dr. Joan Barth. Broadly, she is interested in gender development, stereotypes, and peer relationships, with particular focus on how these variables may affect educational occupational outcomes across the lifespan. Stephanie earned her BA in psychology and MS in clinical psychology from the University of Texas at Tyler.

Rebecca Bauer

Rebecca Bauer is a second year graduate student in the Cognitive Psychology and Developmental Science dual program, working with Dr. Ansley Gilpin.  Before coming to UA, Rebecca earned her MA in Psychological Science from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.  Rebecca is interested in creativity and imaginative processes and how they relate to executive functioning and language throughout the lifespan. Further, she is interested in whether creativity and imagination are modifiable and whether improvement can positively impact other skills

Sunmi Seo

Sunmi is a fifth-year doctoral student in developmental science at UA working with Dr. Kristina McDonald. Her research interests include peer relationships, parent-adolescent relationship, and adolescents’ behaviors. For her dissertation, Sunmi is focusing on how popularity goals and popularity affect adolescents’ aggression and peer victimization.

Jenna Reardanz Advisor: Frances A. Conners

Jenna Reardanz is a 5th year student who works with Dr. Fran Conners and Dr. Kristina McDonald. She received her B.A. from Whitworth University (Spokane, WA) with a major in Psychology and minor in Theology. Her research interests center around disability and social development. Additionally, she is interested in how research can best be used to inform and influence policy. In her free time she enjoys reading, swimming, spending time with friends and family, and cheering on the Crimson Tide!

Tarsha Patterson Advisor: Kristina McDonald

Tarsha is a 5th year student working with Dr. Joan Barth. Tarsha holds dual Bachelors’ Degrees in Psychology and Business Administration from Jackson State University also earned a MS in Clinical Psychology from the Auburn University Montgomery. Her research streams are located at the intersection of aggression, anxiety and parenting. More specifically, Tarsha plans to examine the rates of comorbidity between anxiety and aggression and investigate how parenting behaviors may predict patterns of anxiety and aggression. During her spare time, Tarsha loves to read, travel, and tutor underserved children.


Katelyn Massey Advisor: Jeffrey G. Parker

Kate is a fifth-year graduate student working with Dr. Jeffrey Parker. She received her BA from Elon University and her MA from UA in the fall of 2018. Her research focuses on the friendships of adolescents and young adults, including behavioral responses (i.e., competition, snark, etc.) to relational balance and conflict. Her interests also include individual assessment, program evaluation, and uses for person-centered data analysis.

Amber Ingram Advisor: Jeffrey G. Parker

Amber is a 5th year graduate student working with Dr. Jeff Parker. She received her B.A. from the University of Alabama. Her research interests involve different aspects of adolescents’ friendships, including attachment, jealousy, and romantic attraction. She is also interested in foster children’s friendship experiences. Her thesis explored how sex, self-esteem, and closeness moderate the link between perceptions of intimacy and friendship jealousy.