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Sumayyah Allazzam

E-mail: saah7d@mail.missouri.edu
Hometown: Al-Rass, Saudi Arabia
Professional/Research Interests: Parenting practices across cultures, early childhood development, attachment.
Curriculum Vita (PDF)

Sumayyah received a BS in Psychology from Worcester State University in 2016. She is currently working toward a MA in Family Studies.


Sarah Armknecht

Sarah Armknecht

E-mail: skahhk@mail.missouri.edu
Hometown: Lindon, Utah
Professional/Research Interests: Early childhood cognitive and social development.
Curriculum Vita (PDF)

Sarah received a BS in Family Life from Brigham Young University in 2017. She is currently working toward a MS in Human Development and Family Science.


Emily Charvat

Emily Charvat

E-mail: eckm5@mail.missorui.edu
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Professional/Research Interests: Interpersonal relationships and family education.
Curriculum Vita (PDF)

Emily received a BS in Psychology-Clinical Concentration from the Southern Adventist University in 2018. She is currently working toward a MA in Family Studies.


Emma Coats

Emma Coats

E-mail: elcwhc@mail.missouri.edu
Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri
Professional/Research Interests: Understanding the influence of SES on early childhood development; helping children and families through stressful situations.
Curriculum Vita (PDF)

Emma received a BS in Human Development and Family Sciences from the University of Missouri in 2017. She is currently working toward a MA in Human Development and Family Sciences.


Liz Dreifuss

Liz Dreifuss

E-mail: emdr6f@mail.missouri.edu
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Professional/Research Interests: Older-adults' relationships, caregiving and overall well-being, specifically through the biopsychosocial approach.
Curriculum Vita (PDF)

Liz received a BS in Human Development and Family Science from the University of Missouri in 2018. She is currently working toward a MA in Human Development and Family Science.

"My main interest revolves around adults in later life. My current research with Dr. Benson focuses on older adult’s relationships, care giving, and over all well-being. My interest focuses specifically on older adults overall development as they age specifically through the Biopsychosocial approach. My long-term goal is to work directly with the aging population."


Elizabeth Etling

E-mail: eme99d@mail.missouri.edu
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Curriculum Vita (PDF)

Elizabeth received a Bachelor's of Health Science from the University of Missouri in 2018. She is currently working toward a MA in Child Life.


Kendra Ferguson

Kendra Ferguson

E-mail: kendra.ferguson@mail.missouri.edu
Hometown: Pensacola, Florida
Professional/Research Interests: Military families, military youth; child development.
Curriculum Vita (PDF)

Kendra received a BS in Psychology in 2010 and a MS in Public Administration in 2012 from Florida A&M University. She is currently working toward a MS in Human Development and Family Science.


Brianna Fletchall

Brianna Fletchall

E-mail: bjf8cd@mail.missouri.edu
Hometown: Denver, Missouri
Professional/Research Interests: Development and maintenance of romantic relationships in adulthood.

Brianna received a BS in Human Development and Family Science from the University of Missouri in 2018. She is currently working toward a MA in Human Development and Family Science.


Leah Hoelscher

Leah Hoelscher

E-mail: lrhgy9@mail.missouri.edu
Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa
Curriculum Vita (PDF)

Leah received a BS in Human Environmental Sciences: Child Life from the University of Missouri in 2018. She is currently working toward a MA in Child Life.


Gaukhar Kiikova

Gaukhar Kiikova

E-mail: gkdrf@mail.missouri.edu
Hometown: Astana, Kazakhstan
Professional/Research Interests: Early childhood development; socio-emotional development; parent-child relationships; and parenting.
Curriculum Vita (PDF)

Gaukhar received a BA in Social Sciences from KIMEP University in 2008 and a MS in International Relations from the University of Bristol in 2009. She is currently working toward a Master's in Human Development and Family Sciences.


Rachel Munk

Rachel Munk

E-mail: rjmunk@mail.missouri.edu
Hometown: Provo, Utah
Professional/Research Interests: Maintenance and preventative factors within marital relationships, correlations between individual well-being and marital satisfaction.
Curriculum Vita (PDF)

Rachel received a BA in Art History from Brigham Young University in 2012. She is currently working toward a MS in Human Development and Family Science.

"I currently work with Dr. Chris Proulx, and I am primarily interested in studying intimate and romantic relationships, with an emphasis in emotional intimacy between partners. More specifically, I am interested in studying factors such as attachment styles, emotional intelligence and regulation, and individual well-being, and how they predict marital satisfaction. Upon receiving my master’s degree I plan to pursue a PhD in Family Studies."


Ashley Shahan

Ashley Shahan

E-mail: anspf8@mail.missouri.edu
Hometown: Columbia, Missouri
Professional/Research Interests: Second language acquisition, child development and school readiness.
Curriculum Vita (PDF)

Ashley received a BS in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri in 2019. She is currently working toward a MA in Human Development and Family Science.


Hanamori Skoblow

Hanamori Skoblow

E-mail: skoblowh@mail.missouri.edu
Hometown: Edwardsville, Illinois
Professional/Research Interests: The intersection of aging and culture, how different cultures conceptualize and treat common age-related matters, including‚ but not limited to relationships, caregiving, emotions, and transitions to retirement, assisted living, or hospice care, along with issues stemming from dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Curriculum Vita (PDF)

Hanamori received a BA in Psychology from Beloit College in 2014. She is currently working toward a MS/PhD in Human Development and Family Science.


Beth Stoddard

Elizabeth Stoddard

E-mail: eastoddard@mail.missouri.edu
Hometown: Olympia, Washington
Professional/Research Interests: Coping and resilience in pediatric oncology.
Curriculum Vita (PDF)

Elizabeth received a BA in Psychology from Gonzaga University in 2018. She is currently working toward a MA in Child Life.