University of Kentucky

  Doctoral Students
Current Ph.D. Students

Marcia M. Bell 

Home Town:Lexington (KY), United States

Research Interests: The impact of social media and technology on adolescent adjustment

Affiliation: RA, University of Kentucky

Guangyi Cui 

Home Town:Jinan, China

Research Interests: Parent-adolescent relationship, Parenting style, and adolescent sexuality

Affiliation: RA, University of Kentucky

Charlene Harris 

Home Town:Siparia, Trinidad and Tobago

Research Interests: Perceptions of mental health, Youth violence and victimization, Family/Parent-child relationships, Cultural and race relations on adolescent deviance and crime perpetration, Adolescent sensation seeking and health risk behaviors

Affiliation: RA, University of Kentucky

Erin Henry 

Home Town:Richmond (KY) United States

Research Interests: Adolescent deviant behavior, adolescent development, divorce/remarriage/step-families, domestic violence

Affiliation: RA, University of Kentucky

Albert Ksinan Albert Ksinan

Home Town:Ostravice, Czech Republic

Research Interests: obesity, the impact of body image on adolescents' self-perception

Affiliation: RA, University of Kentucky

Gabriela Jiskrova Gabriela Jiskrova 

Home Town:Brno, Czech Republic

Research Interests: identity development, minority group adolescents

Affiliation: RA, University of Kentucky

Jakub Mikuška 

Home Town: Bratislava, Slovakia

Research Interests: Adolescent development, personality, video games, social media, cyberspace, research methods

Affiliation: RA, University of Kentucky



Past Ph.D. Students


Lara M. Belliston, Ph.D. (2004)

Home Town: Westminster, California

Research Interests: Adolescent Development, Program Evaluation, Internalizing and Externalizing Behaviors, Family Processes, Theory and Research Methods

Affiliation: Evaluator, Ohio Department of Mental Health, Office of Program Evaluation and Research, Columbus, Ohio


Pan Chen, Ph.D. (2009)

Home Town: Changsha, China

Research Interests : Adolescent development, deviant behaviors, the influence of the single-child policy on adolescent adjustment, cross-cultural perspectives, Chinese immigrants

Affiliation: Postdoc, Department of Psychiatry, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Li Huang, Ph.D. (2007)

Home Town: Yue Yang, China

Research Interest: Deviance, self-control, family processes, General Theory of Crime, cross-cultural / cross-national, adolescence problem behaviors

Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Sociology and Philosophy, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama


Dusty Jenkins, Ph.D. (2010)

Home Town: Baytown, Texas

Research Interests: Adolescent development, Adolescent sexual attitudes and behaviors, Dating relationships

Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX


Emily Kahumoku-Fessler, Ph.D.  (2011)

Home Town:Enterprise, Alabama

Research Interests: Adolescent and Adult Sexuality, Body Image/Objectified Body Consciousness, Clinical Interventions for issues regarding sexuality, Adolescent Development

Affiliation: On job market

Lloyd E. Pickering, Ph.D. (2005)

Home Town: Robbinsdale, Minnesotta

Research Interests: Adolescence, family processes, deviant behavior, religiosity, parent-teen relationships

Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Department of Child and Family Studies, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi


J. Blake Snyder, Ph.D. (2002)

Home Town: Anniston, Alabama

Research Interest: Parenting, adolescence, religiosity, mentoring, transition to adulthood, attachment theory

Affiliation: Director of Summer School and Associate Professor, Clemson University, Clemson, SC


Elizabeth M. Trejos, Ph.D. (2006)

Home Town: San José, Costa Rica

Research Interests: Family processes, immigrants, crime, adolescent adjustment problems, internalizing behaviors, cross-national/cross-cultural studies

Affiliation: Associate Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas



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