Human Development and Family Sciences

HDFS doctoral students hosting virtual conference

Career Placements – Selected Ph.D. in HDFS Alumni


Grad Year

Dissertation Title


Alison Hooper 2017 Identifying and Exploring Profiles of Home-Bsed Child Care Providers Based on Their Beliefs and Practices
Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education, University of Alabama

Allen Vaughan Prettyman 2011 Development of Professional Education Curriculum for Early Childhood Educators: Supporting Partnerships with Families
Director of Nurse Managed Health Center (NMHC), University of Delaware

Bethany Willis Hepp 2013 An Examination of Openness in International Adoption Assistant Professor, Towson University
Caitlin Bailey 2020 Co-Director, National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities
Danielle Riser 2022 Quantitative Researcher, American Institutes for Research, PA
Di Liu 2020 Assistant Professor, Department of Early Childhood Education, Jiangsu Normal University, China
Dorit Radnai-Griffin 2011 The Effects of Training and Onsite Support on the Quality of Early Language and Literacy Environment and Adult-Child Interactions in Infant and Toddler Classrooms Director, University of Delaware Lab School
Gerilyn Slicker 2022 Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education, University of Nevada, NV
Jessica Schulz 2015 Social Media Use and Depression in Emerging Adults: The Moderating Effects of Parental Support Research Analyst, Catapult Learning
Jing Tang 2021 Research Scientist, Child Trends
Juana Gaviria-Loaiza 2018 Maternal Depression and Child-Directed Speech: Influences on Toddlers’ Communication Abilities and Socioemotional Competence Research Assistant, Starting at Home Project
Juliet Bradley 2010 A Longitudinal Examination of the Moderating Impact of Family and Peer Factors on the Relationship Between Anxiety and Alcohol Use During Adolescence
Professor, Human Services Department, Purdue University Global

Karen Doneker 2012 Caregiving of Aging Adults and Adults with Disabilities: Theoretical Foundations and Policy Alternatives Associate Professor, College of Liberal Arts, Towson University
Kathleen McCallops 2022 Senior Research Associate, ChristianaCare, DE
Kelley Perkins 2016 A Multi-Case Study of the Onsite Assistance Systems, Activities and Supports of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems
Managing Director, Infant Toddler Specialist Network, State Capacity Building Center

Kendell Daughtry 2021 Researcher, American Institutes for Research, PA
Lara Andrews 2022 University Lecturer, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Laura Cutler 2020 Postdoctoral Researcher, College of Education and Human Ecology, The Ohio State University, OH
Laura Finan 2016 Parent, Peer, and Sibling Relationship Factors and Depression in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood: A Growth Curve Analysis Assistant Professor, Illinois State University
Laura Thompson Brady 2013 A Qualitative Exploration of How Quaker Families Transmit and Practice Values Related to Political Violence and Peace Founder and Coach, The Nourished Home
Megan Barolet-Fogarty 2016 Latina Mothers in Early Head Start: Negotiating Cultural Differences Through Relationships with Home Visitors Director of Youth and Family Engagement, Centro Hispano
Melina McConatha 2015 Creating Supportive LGBTQ Spaces: Finding New Constructs of Families and Communities in the Virtual World Assistant Professor, Lincoln University
Natalie Brousseau 2021 Postdocoral Fellow,University of Connecticut, CT
Neda Moinolmolki 2016 The Role of Bhutanese Adolescent Refugees’ Acculturation and Familial Social Capital on their General Well-Being and School Adjustment Assistant Professor of Psychology, College of Coastal Georgia
Nikki DiGregorio 2014 Same-Sex Marriage Policies and Lesbian Family Life
Associate Professor, School of Human Ecology, Georgia Southern University

Sara Shaw 2018 Validating the Early Childhood Self-Assessment Tool for Family Shelters Research Scientist II at Child Trends
Sevil Buzcu 2016 The Analysis of the Family Goal Setting Process in One Early Head Start Program from the Perspectives of Family Service Providers and Parents Hacettepe University, Department of Primary Education
Tracy Neuhardt Davenport 2010 Defining Integrated Healthcare Owner/Founder, Tracy’s Healthy Living
Virginia Sawyer 2022 Director of Research, Addiction Policy Forum