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Child/Human Development Faculty

Kelly Campbell, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Research interests:

  • Interpersonal chemistry in friendships and romantic relationships
  • Impact of being ‘in love’ on performance across domains (e.g., academics, athletics, creativity)
  • Couple rituals, infidelity, and the meaning of marriage
  • Health disparities related to race, income, and sexual orientation

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David Chavez, Ph.D., Professor

Research interests:

  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Disenfranchised populations including ethnicity, social class, and sexual orientation and mental health
  • Developmental psychopathology
  • Violence in families and children

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Laura Kamptner, Ph.D., Professor

Research interests:

  • Attachment
  • Parenting and parent training
  • Sibling relationships
  • Personal possessions and their meaning in childhood.
  • Early childhood development and education
  • Issues in human development.

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Jason Reimer, Ph.D., Professor

Research interests:

  • Language and memory development
  • Visual word recognition in children and adults
  • Reading acquisition
  • Development of cognitive inhibition

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Robert Ricco, Ph.D., Professor

Research interests:

  • Development of deductive and inductive reasoning
  • Reasoning, language, and social processes involved in argumentation
  • Dual process theories of cognition
  • Development of metacognition and epistemic thinking
  • Parent beliefs, goals, and expectations regarding children’s learning and development

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Amy van Schagen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Research interests:

  • Quality learning environments for young children
  • Early childhood education (ECE) and development
  • Teacher development and work environments
  • Access to high quality ECE for marginalized groups
  • Race, income, and culture in relation to ECE and child development

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Sharon Ward, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Research interests:

  • Creativity in children as it relates to extra-curricular activities
  • School psychology
  • Assessment of young children especially functional analysis of disruptive behaviors
  • Depression in early adolescence
  • Peer rejection and social skills in middle childhood.

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Amanda Wilcox, Ph.D., Professor

Research interests:

  • Contextual influences on children's development with particular emphasis on early childhood classroom influences
  • Teacher's verbal interactions with young children
  • Congruence between teacher's beliefs and behaviors
  • How teachers move from novice to expert
  • Impact of various training techniques on teacher practices in early childhood education.

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Eugene Wong, Ph.D., Professor

Research interests:

  • Relations among perceived competence, academic coping, motivation, and academic performance for regular education and special education students
  • Teaching effectiveness at the university level
  • Use of cognitive training to enhance the working memory and executive functions of students with attention and learning disorders

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