Ricardo Wilhelm Advisor: Philip Gable

Ricardo Wilhelm is a 3rd year student working with Dr. Philip Gable.  Broadly, his research focuses on examining the interaction between emotion, motivation, cognition, and personality with neural measures of motor-action preparation and feedback processing.

Sunmi Seo

Sunmi is a third-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 third year student working 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 2nd year student working with Dr. Kristina McDonald. 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 Massey is a second-year graduate student in the Developmental Concentration. She works with Dr. Jeffrey Parker and her research interests include adolescents’ friendships and individual and contextual characteristics that affect friendship experiences. She is currently working on her thesis examining same-sex triads during competitive activities and the role that gender, triad structure, and friendship jealousy play in behavior.

Amber Ingram Advisor: Jeffrey G. Parker

Amber is a 3rd 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.


Carmen Farrell Advisor: Ansley Tullos Gilpin

Carmen Brown Farrell is a third year doctoral student working with Dr. Ansley Gilpin. Her interests include young children’s social-cognitive development. Her masters’ thesis was conducted on how executive functions relate to understanding deception. Carmen intends to continue to explore how self-regulatory abilities relate to the development of more advanced social skills.


Student Jessica Mendoza

Jessica Mendoza Advisor: Beverly Roskos

Jessica is a 2nd year student in the doctoral program and is working with Dr. Beverly Roskos. She completed her undergraduate degree at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Broadly, she is interested in examining the impact of technology on cognition. Specifically, her interest is to analyze technology’s influence on spatial abilities in terms of wayfinding and retained memory of the navigated environment. Another interest of hers is deciphering how individuals perceive sentiment in messages in online environments such as (texting, emailing, chatrooms, etc.). Outside of her academic life, Jessica enjoys trying out new recipes, watching movies, and playing video games.