Human Development and Family Studies

School of Health and Human Sciences

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

Current Graduate Students

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

Recent Graduate Students

Pamela Norcross, Ph.D. (2019)

  • Dissertation: Examining Pathways Linking Maternal Depression to Maternal Sensitivity: Role of Maternal Causal Attributions
  • Current employment: Assistant Professor in Child Development Program in the Department of Human and Environmental Sciences at Meredith College

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