People

lab director


Rona Carter, Ph.D. : Assistant Professor of Developmental Psychology

Rona Carter, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Developmental Psychology

Dr. Carter received her Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology at Florida International University and her post-doctoral training at the Institute for Social Research and Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Carter’s research focuses on biological transitions and critical developmental tasks, primarily how puberty interacts with identity and social development (race, gender) to influence girls interpersonal experiences and psychological well-being. Dr. Carter draws upon both secondary data analysis and original data collection and uses a multi-method (i.e., survey, experimental, observational), multi-informant (i.e., the adolescent, their close friend, parent, and teacher) design framework to address her research questions. Faculty Profile

ronac@umich.edu

staff


Le’Neul Bland : Lab Manager

Le’Neul Bland

Lab Manager

Le'Neul recently graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. She is currently in the Master's of Social Work program at the University of Michigan. Her passion has always been to help, understand, and work with children. Adolescence and puberty are her topics of interest in the field of developmental psychology and she plans to attend graduate school to study these topics. She enjoys volunteering at St. John's Hospital in the Neo-Natal Unit and at the gift shop. On campus, she was a part of the Undergraduate Psychology Society organization.

lletaush@umich.edu

 

graduate students


Change Kwesele : Graduate Student

Change Kwesele

Graduate Student

Change (pronounced Chang-gay) is a first year student in the joint Ph.D in Social Work and Developmental Psychology program. Her interests are in addressing determinants that impact overall wellness including mental, physical illness, poverty, and community development in the United States and Sub-Saharan Africa. She has a passion for youth as agents for change and is interested in studying identity development and risky behaviors in underserved populations. Change is interested in how these factors contribute to holistic wellness, positive educational and personal outcomes. Her goal is contribute to evidence-based wellness and social service programs for youth. When she is not in the classroom Change enjoys practicing self care, serving as a youth mentor, and social justice advocate. She also loves photography, writing, African dancing, traveling and just being creative.

ckwesele@umich.edu

Joonyoung Park : Graduate Student

Joonyoung Park

Graduate Student

Joonyoung Park is a first-year graduate student in the Developmental Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Michigan. Joon is broadly interested in how society and parents convey information related to puberty to their adolescents who are just entering their puberty. She is currently involved in examining the relationship between adolescents’ early pubertal development, parent-adolescent relationships, and risky sexual behaviors. Her goal is to work in policy settings related to adolescent development. When Joon is not in the lab, she loves watching movies, and you might be able to find her in either State or Michigan theater on weekends.

jyoungp@umich.edu

Janelle Davis : Graduate Student

Janelle Davis

Graduate Student

Janelle Davis is a third year graduate student working on her PhD. in developmental Psychology. She is interested in studying eating disorders and eating disordered behavior in late adolescence and emerging adulthood. In particular, Janelle is interested in social contagion and the different stressors that facilitate eating disordered behaviors throughout late adolescence and emerging adulthood. Outside of academia Janelle enjoys cooking, swing dancing, and finding a good excuse to be outside.

djanelle@umich.edu

undergraduate research assistants


Jessica Mills : Undergraduate Research Assistant

Jessica Mills

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Jessica is a current freshman at the University of Michigan, majoring in Biology and Psychology, with a minor in Spanish. She became interested in psychology through volunteer experiences and courses in high school as well as at the University of Michigan. In the future, she hopes to conduct research that combines her passions of biology and psychology. In her free time, Jessica is involved in the Spanish and Genetics clubs, and enjoys swimming and figure skating.

jesmills@umich.edu

Lexi LaChappa : Undergraduate Research Assistant

Lexi LaChappa

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Lexi is a current senior at the University of Michigan, majoring in psychology with a minor in community action and social change (CASC). She has always known that she was interested in psychology and has recently discovered an interest in the psychological development of adolescents, as well as the positive and negative implications of that development after adolescence. On campus, she also works as a research assistant for the Diversity Research and Policy Program (DRPP) in the School of Education, along with attending all Michigan men's basketball games as the vice president of the Maize Rage fan section. After graduating in May 2020, Lexi intends to continue her studies and obtain a PhD in psychology so that she may continue to work at high-ranking research institutions like the University of Michigan.

lexilach@umich.edu

Andrea Bavikatty : Undergraduate Research Assistant

Andrea Bavikatty

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Andrea is a current sophomore at the University of Michigan, majoring in Psychology with a possible minor in German. While taking a psychology course, she became interested in the field of developmental psychology and was drawn to the AIR Lab and its work regarding social factors that impact the development of adolescents. Upon graduating from the University of Michigan, Andrea plans on entering into a psychology graduate program. On campus, she is involved with the University of Michigan chapter of the College Democrats and the volunteer organization Appreciate + Reciprocate.

bavikat@umich.edu

Sydney Kayne : Undergraduate Research Assistant

Sydney Kayne

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Sydney is currently a sophomore at the University of Michigan with a major in psychology and intended minors of music and gender and health. Through volunteer experiences and developmental psychology classes, she has acquired a passion for the field of adolescent psychology and identity formation. She plans on obtaining a PhD in psychology and ultimately teaching at a university, conducting research. On campus, she is the president of Project Harmony, a music-based volunteer organization that visits local senior homes, preschools, and the Mott Hospital with the goal of spreading happiness and positivity through musical activity.

sydneyjk@umich.edu

lab alumni


graduate students: Amira Halawah undergraduate students: Cathleen Nick, Ashley Yaldo, Emee Ta, Balsam Elajouz, IIana Herzberg, Bridget Mary Putt, Rachel Carretta, Noah Cook, Kareem Hakim, Erika Donaldson, Jessica Gelfarb, Asia Bond, Briauna Horton, Taylor Garland, Jenna Funsten, Briana Akani, Lauren Devincent, Millicent Gyamfuah, and Samantha Kim, Tamara Mackie and Chelsea Schwandt