Human Development and Family Studies

School of Health and Human Sciences

Dr. Leerkes and Dr. Jin Qu at 2017 hooding/graduation ceremony.

Current Postdocs

Mairin Augustine

Mairin Augustine, PhD

Mairin earned her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University in 2016. She is working under the primary mentorship of Dr. Leerkes while completing a Carolina Consortium on Human Development postdoctoral fellowship through the Center for Developmental Science at UNC Chapel Hill (T32-HD07376). She is interested in how parenting interacts and transacts with infant/child temperamental qualities to predict positive self-regulatory outcomes in early development.

Current Graduate Students

Pamela Norcross who is interested in infant development, attachment, maternal behaviors, and early parenting.

Lauren Bailes who is interested in infant emotional development (e.g., temperament, emotion regulation), parent-infant interactions, and infant physiological regulation.

Recent Graduate Students

Jin Qu, Ph.D. (2017)

  • Dissertation: Identifying Adaptive Emotion Regulation Behaviors Among Infants
  • First Post PhD Employment: Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychology Department, Penn State University
  • Current Employment: Assistant Professor of Psychology, Clarion University

Angel Dunbar with her dissertation committee

Angel Dunbar, Ph.D. (2016)

  • Dissertation: Sociocultural Predictors of Parental Racial and Emotion Socialization and Relations to Child Social-Emotional Adjustment
  • First Post PhD Employment: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of African American Studies, University of Maryland
  • Current Employment: Assistant Professor, Department of African American Studies, University of Maryland

Photo: Angel Dunbar with her committee after her dissertation defense
From left to right: Susan Calkins, Esther Leerkes, Angel Dunbar, Stephanie Coard, and Andy Supple

Lindsey Gedaly, M.S. (2015)

  • Thesis: Environment and genetic predictors of infant attachment disorganization.
  • Currently Doctoral student in HDFS at UNCG

Meagan Matthews, M.S. (2013)

  • Thesis: Psychosocial Predictors of Breastfeeding Initiation and Duration
  • Current Employment: Registered Behavior Technician at Madison Behavior Therapy

Jessica Gudmundson, Ph.D. (2012)

  • Dissertation: Links Between Maternal Education and Parenting During Children’s First Three Years: The Moderating Role of Income and Partner Status
  • Current Position: Project Manager, Spelman College

Stephanie Parade, Ph.D. (2010)

  • Dissertation: Marital Satisfaction Across The Transition To Parenthood: A Vulnerability-Stress-Adaptation Perspective.
  • Current Position: Research Associate Professor, Alpert School of Medicine, Brown University

Regan Burney, Ph.D. (2010)

  • Dissertation: Links Between Temperament and Coparenting: The Moderating Role Of Family Characteristics.
  • Current employment: Project Manager, Children’s Healthy Weight Research Group, UNC-Chapel Hill, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.
(Jessica Gudmundson & Esther Leerkes, May 2012) Esther Leerkes & Meagan Matthews, HDFS Graduation Recognition Ceremony, May 2013

Stephanie Parade, Esther Leerkes, and Regan Burney at hooding ceremony, December 2010.

Esther Leerkes & Lindsey Gedaly, HDFS Graduation Recognition Ceremony, 2015