Research Student Affiliates

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Sumbleen Ali

Ph.D. candidate, HDFS, University of Connecticut, Storrs.

Her research interests include teacher-child relations, cultural Influences on parent-child relations and parenting, and meta-analysis. Publications: “Influence of Perceived Teacher Acceptance and Parental Acceptance on the Psychological Adjustment and School Conduct of Offspring: A Multi-Cultural Meta-Analysis” “Gender Differences in Perceived Parental Acceptance and Rejection and Psychological Adjustment of Children and Adult Offspring: A Meta-Analytic Review of Cross-Cultural Studies.”


Maggie Bennett

Ph.D. Candidate, Communication, University of Connecticut, Storrs

Maggie’s research focuses on romantic relationships as well as media portrayals and its effects on romantic relationships. Her primary focus is on disclosure and communication in intimate partner settings.

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Alex Molaver

Ph. D. candidate, HDFS, University of Connecticut, Storrs.

Research Interests: Interpersonal rejection and mental health consequences in adulthood, including loneliness, fear of intimacy, and rejection sensitivity.


Yuan Zhang

Ph.D. student, HDFS, University of Connecticut, Storrs.

Her research focuses on the parent-child relationship, and on the development of interpersonal relationships and social skills within different cultures. Her research interests include the way in which parent-child relationships influence individuals’ social-skill development, and the way in which the improvement in relationship quality and positive parent-child interaction skills are relevant to individuals’ social well-being. Yuan is also interested in the long-term effects of parent-child relationships on individuals’ lifespan and intimate relationships with significant others when they merge into adulthood.


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Dr. Alex Reid

Ph.D. HDFS, University of Connecticut, Storrs.

Alex specialized in Parenthood. Alex received his master’s degree in Experimental Psychology at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) in 2014 and a PhD in parenting and parenthood fron UConn in 2018.  His research interests focus on family dynamics and parental behaviors related to mental health outcomes (e.g., depression and self-esteem) in adolescents and emerging adults.


Dr. Kaitlin Flannery

Ph.D. Psychological Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs.

Kaitlin specialized in Developmental Psychology. She received her master’s degree in psychology from the University of Connecticut, Storrs. and obtained her PhD in 2017. Her research interest focus on friendship dissolution among adolescents, social cognition in peer relationships, and gender development.