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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Sammy Ahmed
Doctoral Student

Sammy Ahmed received his B.S. in Applied Psychology from New York University. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the developmental area and a NICHD fellow in interdisciplinary science. His research focuses on the genetic, contextual and environmental predictors of neuro-cognitive development and academic achievement in young children. Sammy’s research integrates theory and methods from Genetics, Neuroscience, Psychology and Education to study and understand the nature and sources of cognitive development.

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Lauren Tighe
Doctoral Student

Lauren received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate in the Joint Developmental Psychology and Social Work program. Her research focuses on unique groups at the intersection of income, education, and achievement. Her dissertation focuses on families with college-educated parents who live in or near poverty and their children’s achievement and parental behaviors over time. Another project she is working on concerns “college undermatch”, which most often affects high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds. Lauren also has experience in program evaluation.

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Alexa Ellis
Doctoral Student

Alexa received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in French from the University of Michigan as well as her M.S. through the Accelerated Master’s Degree Program in developmental psychology at the University of Michigan. Currently, she is a graduate student in the Combined Program in Education and Psychology. She is currently a doctoral candidate and a recipient of the NSF graduate research award. Her research interests include understanding the different factors that impact mathematical achievement and the cognitive processes behind mathematical development.

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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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