Lab Members

Pamela Davis-Kean
Professor of Psychology

Dr.  Davis-Kean’s research continues to evolve as she seeks the various pathways that socio-economic status (SES) of parents relates to the outcomes of their children. Davis-Kean’s primary focus is on parental educational attainment and how it can influence the development of the home environment throughout childhood, adolescence, and the transition to adulthood. Achievement is the primary outcome that she studies and she is an expert in the use of standardized test with children as well as using any type of assessment with young children.

Dr.  Davis-Kean research continues to evolve as she seeks the various pathways that the socio-economic status (SES) of parents relates to the outcomes of their children. Davis-Kean’s primary focus is on parental educational attainment and how it can influence the development of the home environment throughout childhood, adolescence, and the transition to adulthood. Achievement is the primary outcome that she studies (math achievement in particular) and she is an expert in the use of standardized test with children as well as using any type of assessment with young children.

Davis-Kean is the director of the Population, Neurodevelopment, and Genetics program at the Institute for Social Research. This group examines the complex transactions of brain, biology, and behavior as children and families develop across time. She is interested in both micro (brain and biology) and macro (family and socioeconomic conditions) aspects of development to understand the full developmental story of individuals.  Her primary focus in this area is how stress as relates to family socioeconomic status translates to parenting beliefs and behaviors that influence the development of children.

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Nicholas Waters
Doctoral Student

Nick received his B.A. in psychology from the University of Michigan. He is currently a doctoral candidate in developmental psychology and a NICHD fellow in interdisciplinary science. His research focuses on the role of socioeconomic status and family-level factors in the development of children’s cognitive skills and academic outcomes. Currently, he is investigating the influence of socioeconomic factors on children’s EF and related electrophysiological indices of error processing, using event-related potentials (ERPs).

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Valerie Freund
Doctoral Student

Valerie is a doctoral candidate in the developmental psychology program.

 

 

 

 

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Dominic Kelly
Graduate Student

Dominic received both his B.A. in Politics, Psychology and Sociology with a specialization in Psychology and his M.Phil. in Social and Developmental Psychology from Pembroke College, University of Cambridge. Currently, he is a second year student in the Developmental Area. Dominic is interested in using integrated advanced quantitative methods to approach problems regarding the development of sex differences and explore their consequences in the domains of education and health.

 

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