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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.


Emily Charvat

Emily Charvat

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

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.


Megan Doss

Megan Doss

E-mail: mndrdc@mail.missouri.edu
Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee
Professional/Research Interests: Helping children and families normalize and cope with the challenges of hospitalization, illness, and disability.
Curriculum Vita (PDF)

Megan received a BA in Art History from Rhodes College in 2014. She is currently working toward a MA in Child Life.


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."


Kendra Ferguson

Kendra Ferguson

E-mail: kendra.ferguson@mail.missouri.edu
Hometown: Pensacola, Florida
Professional/Research Interests: Military families, military youth; cognitive 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 MA 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.


Shelby Hicks

Shelby Hicks

E-mail: slhbbz@mail.missouri.edu
Hometown: Macon, Missouri
Professional/Research Interests: Children and families in health care settings, particularly children ages 0-3 years of age.
Curriculum Vita (PDF)

Shelby received a BS in Psychology from Missouri Western State University in 2017. She is currently working toward a MA in Human Development and Family Sciences.

"I plan to use my master’s degree to serve in a nonprofit organization to walk alongside women and children who have experienced traumatic disruptions in their lives. I hope to be able to promote healing and healthy development. "


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.


Rebecca Leaf

Rebecca Leaf

E-mail: rebeccaleaf@mail.missouri.edu
Hometown: Westminster, Colorado
Professional/Research Interests: Parent/adolescent relationships, how parents and siblings influence how adolescent sexuality develops, sexual decision-making in adolescents.
Curriculum Vita (PDF)

Rebecca received a BS in Human Development and Family Sciences from the University of Missouri in 2016. She is currently working toward a MS in Human Development and Family Sciences.


Kendall Malkin

Kendall Malkin

E-mail: krm6w7@mail.missouri.edu
Hometown: Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Professional/Research Interests: Working with children and families in stressful situations; chronic illnesses/disabilities; healthcare communication and relationships; and communication barriers.
Curriculum Vita (PDF)

Kendall received a BS in Child Life from the University of Missouri in 2017. She is currently working toward a MS in Child Life ("Fast Track" program).

"After completing my Masters in Child Life, I hope to start a career working with children and families in the healthcare setting, perhaps in the Emergency Department or wherever I am needed. Another focus is to work with those with chronic disabilities or illnesses. I eventually want to have a leadership role and/or go back to teach Child Life classes."


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."


Eric Salinas

Eric Salinas

E-mail: eesbvn@mail.missouri.edu
Hometown: Riverside, California
Professional/Research Interests: Latino families, parenting, adolescent development, and academic outcomes.
Curriculum Vita (PDF)

Eric received a BA in Psychology from the University of California-Riverside in 2016. He is currently working toward a MA in Human Development and Family Science.


Kayla White

Kayla White

E-mail: kayla.white@mail.missouri.edu
Hometown: Huntindon, Tennessee
Professional/Research Interests: How children and families react and cope to traumatic circumstances and the effects of terminal illness on the family unit.
Curriculum Vita (PDF)

Kayla received a BS in Psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2016. She is currently working toward a MA in Child Life.

"After completing my Masters, I plan to work as a Certified Child Life Specialist in a hospital. I also hope to educate people in other fields about the benefits of child life in various environments such as schools and funeral homes."