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Our Graduate Students



Benjamin Burke
Ben is from Auburn, AL. He graduated with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University. Ben is working with Dr. Amy Rauer and his research interests concern successful therapeutic interventions for romantic couples.
Email: bmb0016@tigermail.auburn.edu

Jayson Carmona
Jayson is from Princeton, TX. He graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from Brigham Young University-Idaho. Jayson is working with Dr. Scott Ketring and his research interests concerns which parenting variables influence child academic outcomes across different cultures.
Email: jzc0109@tigermail.auburn.edu

Carlie Cave
Carlie is from Montville, CT and received her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University. Her major professor is Dr. Francesca Adler-Baeder and her research interests include relationship education programming for adult couples, and the experiences of military families.
Email: cnc0019@tigermail.auburn.edu

Erin Cooper
Erin is from Pulaski, TN and received a B.S. from the University of North Alabama, where she double-majored in psychology and sociology. She is a first-year Marriage and Family Therapy student, and is still in the process of choosing a major professor and developing research interests. She is largely interested in dynamics of romantic couple relationships and couple relationship education outcomes.
Email: emc0052@auburn.edu

David Curtis
David is from Ogden, UT and received his B.S. in Psychology from Brigham Young University and his M.S. in Couple and Family Therapy from the University of Maryland, College Park. His major professor is Dr. Thomas Fuller-Rowell. His research interests revolve around stress reactivity, stress-related effects on health, and the moderating role of self-regulatory abilities on the stress-health link.
Email: dsc0019@tigermail.auburn.edu

Christiana Datubo-Brown
Christiana is a native of Nigeria who has also lived in Texas (Corpus Christi, Houston, and Austin) for over half her life. She received her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from The University of Texas at Austin and her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Auburn University. Her major professor is Dr. Margaret Keiley. Her research focuses on fathers, fatherhood, and father-child relationships.
Email: cad0014@tigermail.auburn.edu

DaJuandra Eugene
DaJuandra is from Atlanta, GA. She received her B.A. in Communications and her M.Ed. in Communication Disorders from Georgia State University. Dr. David Chae is her major professor and her research interests are centered around applied research, health disparities, population health, family stress and health events, and caregiver and care recipient health outcomes.
Email: dye0001@auburn.edu

Ania Evans
Ania is from Andrews AFB, MD and received her B.S. in Psychology from Auburn University. Dr. Megan Haselschwerdt is her major professor. Her research interests center around domestic violence with a specific emphasis on military families, resiliency, and intersectionality.
Email: aze0012@auburn.edu

Courtney Fixelle
Courtney is from Coral Springs, Florida. She received her B.S. with a double major in Family and Child Sciences and Sociology from the Florida State University. Currently, she is studying to obtain her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy and is undecided on a major professor. Her research interests include parent-child relationships, eating disorders, and romantic relationships.
Email: czf0032@auburn.edu

Sarah Fuller
Sarah is from Eclectic, Alabama, and received her B.S. In Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University. Sarah is working with Dr. Tommy Smith and her research interests center around the unique challenges of couples and families in rural populations.
Email: sjf0005@tigermail.auburn.edu

Brian Gillis
Brian Gillis is from Dayton, Ohio. He received a B.A. in English from Auburn University, an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, and an M.F.T. from Southern Connecticut State University. His major professor is Dr. Mona El-Sheikh, and his research interests include physiological regulation and biological mechanisms (sleep, physical activity, and nutrition) that can serve as protective factors for adolescents and their families.
Email: gillibr@tigermail.auburn.edu

Rebecca Goodman
Rebecca is from Columbia, SC. She received a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Women's Studies from Clemson University and her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Auburn University. Her major professor for her M.S. was Dr. Scott Ketring, and her current major professor is Dr. Di Samek. Her research interests are in clinical research, particularly therapy outcomes, as well as in family processes and adolescent outcomes, particularly externalizing problems.
Email: rjg0011@tigermail.auburn.edu

CC Hermes
CC is from Knoxville, TN, and she received her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University. While still in the process of choosing a major professor, her interests include both intervention and prevention research as they relate to romantic relationships.
Email: cch0026@tigermail.auburn.edu

Olivia Hartwick
Olivia is from Fort Atkinson, WI and received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Her major professor is Dr. Brian Vaughn, and her research focuses on preschoolers' social interaction, particularly peer conflict, within a childcare center.
Email: ozh0002@tigermail.auburn.edu

Kathleen Hlavaty
Kathleen is from Ann Arbor, MI. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan and her M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University. Kathleen works with Dr. Megan Haselschwerdt and Dr. Gregory Pettit. Her research examines how relationships (peer, family, and romantic) can foster resilience in adolescence and emerging adulthood.
Email: Kathleen.Hlavaty@gmail.com

Nakia Jones
Nakia is a graduate student in the Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s Program. Her bachelors is in Human Development and Family Studies from The University of Alabama. She is interested in researching reconnecting relationships of post incarcerated mothers and fathers with their children. Her career plans are to become a full time therapist and eventually develop a community resource center.
Email: ndj0004@tigermail.auburn.edu

Alex Kaeppler
Alex is from Oregon, WI and received his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. His major professor is Dr. Stephen Erath. His research interests include the development of anxiety disorders, such as Social Anxiety Disorder, in children and adolescents and how these disorders continue to develop throughout the lifespan.
Email: akk0021@auburn.edu

Dani Lauricella
Dani a student in the Marriage and Family Therapy program. She is from Agua Dulce, California. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a BS in Human Development. She has not yet decided on a major professor. Her research interests are still being focused, but she is interested in resilience, grief and loss, and sibling relationships.
Email: dzl0055@tigermail.auburn.edu

Connor Martz
Connor is from Hartland, WI and received his B.S. in Community & Nonprofit Leadership and Global Health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His major professor is Dr. David H. Chae. His research interests include health inequities and the social determinants of health, with a focus on the biopsychosocial mechanisms that generate health disparities.
Email: cdm0061@auburn.edu

Joanna Matusick
Joanna is a native of Delaware, but now calls Auburn home. She received her B.S. in HDFS from Auburn University and currently works in the department with the outreach program, Family Child Care Partnerships. Her research interests include caregiver-child interactions and stress management for child care providers.
Email: odonnjo@auburn.edu

Leanna McConnell
Leanna is from Medina, OH and received her B.A. in psychology from Miami University. Her major professor is Dr. Stephen Erath. Her research interests are varied but are all centered around risk. She is still developing her interests during her first year of graduate school.
Email: lzm0051@auburn.edu

Beth McDaniel
Beth is from Gulf Shores, AL and received her B.S.W. and M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University. Her major professor is Dr. Gregory Pettit. Her research interests center around the development of compassion, social skills, and positive social relationships, behavioral and physiological regulation when confronting stressors, cultural and racial sensitivity, and civic responsibility and engagement. Using a social-ecological approach, she also examines the developmental, physiological, social, and health consequences of income inequality and concentrated poverty and the identification of federal, state, and local-level policies that promote, or prevent, equitable access to resources and opportunities.
Email: coopes1@auburn.edu

Sandy Morrison
Sandy is from Rockford, IL and received her B.S. in Psychology from Truman State University and her M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University. Her major professor is Dr. Francesca Adler-Baeder. Her research interests are in prevention/intervention research, parenting, and positive youth development.
Email: sum0001@auburn.edu

Jessica Norton
Jessica is a native of Charleston, SC and received her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Human Development from Howard University, in Washington, DC. Her major professor is Dr. Adrienne Duke and her research interest concern intervention development and evaluation of family inclusive programs to address adolescent conduct disorder.
Email: jrn0010@auburn.edu

Amanda Peterson
I am from Gainesville, Florida. I attended undergrad at Florida State University with a double major in Family and Child Sciences and Psychology. My research interests are romantic relationships.
Email: alp0064@tigermail.auburn.edu

Raven Pyle
Raven is from Midland, GA. She received a B.S. in both Child and Family Development and Psychology from The University of Georgia and her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Auburn University. Her major professor is Dr. Margaret Keiley. Her research focuses on trauma, child abuse/neglect, and the transmission of risk and protective factors within family systems.
Email: rap0015@tigermail.auburn.edu

Lucy Riley
Lucy Riley is from Springville Alabama and received her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in middle childhood and adolescence from Auburn University. Her major professor is Dr. Di Samek. Her research interests are substance use, parenting, and personality in adolescence and emerging adulthood.
Email: lkr0008@auburn.edu

Ekjyot Saini
Ekjyot is from Queens, NY and received her B.A with concentrations in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science and History from the University of Michigan, as well as her M.S.W in Interpersonal Practice with Children and Families from the University of Michigan. Her major professor is Dr. Mona El-Sheikh. Her research interests include family relationships, socio-emotional adjustment, stress and self-regulation, the role of biophysiological mechanisms, and how they influence disparities in child and family outcomes.
Email: eks0016@tigermail.auburn.edu

Rachel Savasuk
Rachel is from New Smyrna Beach, FL and received her B.S. in Psychology and Family and Child Sciences as well as her M.S. in Family and Child Sciences from Florida State University. Dr. Francesca Adler-Baeder and Dr. Megan Haselschwerdt are her major professors. Her interests are in prevention/intervention research, diverse family experience, and dating violence/aggression in adolescent romantic relationships.
Email: rms0036@tigermail.auburn.edu

Caroline Tunkle
Caroline is from Rabun Gap, Georgia. She received a dual B.S. in Human Development and Family Science and Psychology from The University of Georgia. Caroline also has her certification in Family Life Education (CFLE). Currently, she is studying to obtain her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy and is working with Megan Haselschwerdt. Her research interests include complex families of domestic violence and intergenerational communication patterns between and within families.
Email: crt0030@tigermail.auburn.edu

Carly VanDenBerg
Carly received a B.S. and M.S. in Human Development & Family Studies from Auburn University. Her major professor for her M.S. was Dr. Greg Pettit, and her current major professor is Dr. Stephen Erath. Her research interests include intergenerational continuities in parenting, parent-child interactions, determinants of parenting and goodness-of-fit in parent-child relationships.
Email: arendce@auburn.edu