Emma Johnson, Ph.D.

Graduated: May, 2022

Employment at time of graduation: Assistant Professor,Division of Counseling and Psychology in Education at the University of South Dakota

Emma's research interests while in DS program: Body image and eating disorders within family systems. Specifically, sibling influences on the development of body dissatisfaction, and trends of the 'ideal' female body.

DS faculty advisor: Dr. Heather Fuller

Research Supervisor: Dr. Beth Blodgett-Salafia

Vimbayi Chinopfukutwa, Ph.D.

Graduated: May, 2021

Employment at time of graduation: Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology, College of St Benedict/St John's University

DS faculty advisor: Dr. Joel Hektner

Vimbayi's research interests while in DS program:  My research interests include positive and problem behaviors in adolescents’ development and ways of enriching their lives.

"The NDSU developmental Science Ph.D.  program is closely knit which allows students to work together and help each other advance in their careers in the process."

Savanna Westrom Sanders, Ph.D.

Graduated: May, 2021

Employment at time of graduation: Assistant Professor, Psychology Department, University of Minnesota, Duluth

Savanna's research interests while in DS program: Infant development

DS faculty advisor: Dr. Sean Brotherson

Jonix Owino, Ph.D.

Graduated: May, 2021

Employment at time of graduation: Assistant Professor, Psychology Department, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT

DS faculty advisorDr. Heather Fuller

Jonix's research interests while in DS program: Integration of new American families/ refugees, Migration, Social Isolation and cultural dynamics as well as Immigration processes.

Maegan Jones, Ph.D.

Graduated: December, 2019

Employment at time of graduation: Visiting Assistant Professor at St. Cloud State University

Current position: Assistant Professor at St. Cloud State University

DS faculty advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Blodgett Salafia

Maegan's research interests while in DS program: I researched eating disorders and body image, more broadly speaking. Specifically, I looked at what can be done in childhood to prevent the development of eating disorders in the future.

Masahiro Toyama, Ph.D.

Graduated: December, 2019

Employment at time of graduation: Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology at Graceland University, Lamoni, IA

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of the Ozarks

DS faculty advisor:Dr. Heather Fuller

Masa's research interests while in DS program: 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" 

Courage Chikomborero Mudzongo, Ph.D.

Graduated: August, 2017

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

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Psychology and Human Development at Warner Pacific College, Portland, OR

DS Faculty Advisor: Dr. Brandy Randall

Dissertation

Dissertation Video

Courage's 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 2017Employment at time of graduation: Quality and Evaluation Coordinator, YMCA Metro, Chicago, IL,

Current Position: Director of Program Evaluation and Quality Improvement at High Jump, Chicago, IL

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; post-doctoral research associate for Michgan State University

Current Position: Extension Specialist at Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

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, San Diego, CA 

Current Position: Assistant Professor at National University, San Diego, CA

DS faculty advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Blodgett Salafia

Dissertation Video

 

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