Alumni

Developmental Science Alumni

Read reflections from our alumni about their experience in the program.

Maegan Jones
Graduated:

Employment: Visiting assistant professor at St. Cloud University

Research Interests:
I research eating disorders and body image, more broadly speaking. Specifically, I look at what can be done in childhood to prevent the development of eating disorders in the future

DS faculty advisor:
Dr. Elizabeth Blodgett Salafia

 

Masahiro Toyama
Graduated:

Employment: Visiting assistant professor at Graceland University

Research Interests: Adult development, aging, well-being, and psychosocial and cultural factors affecting aging and well-being

"I was excited when I found that the Development Science program at NDSU perfectly matched what I expected. The curriculum of this program covers human development across the lifespan and also includes teaching training "

DS faculty advisor:Dr. Heather Fuller

 

Courage Chikomborero Mudzongo, Ph.D.
Graduated: August, 2017

Employment at time of graduation:
Warner Pacific College, Portland OR

HDFS faculty advisor: Dr. Brandy Randall

Dissertation Video

Research Interests while in DS Program: Adolescents’ and Young Adults’ Sexual Behavior, with a focus on STIs and Teen Pregnancy; Contexts—Community, School and Religion; Youth Development; International Development; Faith Based Development; Overseas Mission Trips.

 

Jennifer Wenner, Ph.D.

Graduated: May 2017

Employment at time of graduation:
Quality and Evaluation Coordinator, YMCA Metro Chicago

DS faculty advisor: Dr. Brandy Randall

Dissertation Video

Jennifer's research interests while in DS program:
Program implementation and evaluation; how positive and problem behaviors develop in adolescents, the contexts in which they develop, and how these affect adolescent development.

Alison Brennan, Ph.D.

Graduated: December 2016

Employment at time of graduation:
Cass County Extension Services in Fargo

DS faculty advisor:Dr. Elizabeth Blodgett Salafia.

Dissertation Video

Alison's research interests while in the DS program:
Program evaluation, particularly evaluation of parent training programs and prevention programs for adolescents; adolescent and emerging adult media use, body image, and sexuality.

Tara Zolnikov, Ph.D.

Graduated: May 2015

Employment at time of graduation:
 
Assistant Professor at National University 

Dissertation Video

DS faculty advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Blodgett Salafia. 

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