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Graduate Students 2015-2016

Alison Brennan, Developmental Science

Undergraduate Degree: B.A., Psychology and Sociology, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
Master's Degree: M.S., Human Development and Family Science, NDSU
Research: Parent training and education programs; cultural differences in parenting attitudes and practices; prevention programs for children and adolescents; adolescent and emerging adult media use, body image, and sexuality
Faculty Advisor.  M.S.: Dr. Joel Hektner    Ph.D.: Dr. Elizabeth Blodgett Salafia 

Brooke Kranzler, Developmental Science

Undergraduate: B.S. in Psychology, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND (2013)
Masters Degree: M.A. in Sociology, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND (2015)
Masters Thesis: The Differential Relationship between Work-Family Conflict, Workplace Characteristics, and Psychological Distress among Partnered and Single Mothers
Research: Parenting, Parenting education, and Parent-child outcomes, focusing on high risk parents. Relationships and well-being across the lifetime.
Advisors: Dr. Sean Brotherson and Dr. Heather Fuller-Iglesias 

Colby Perez, Couple and Family Therapy

Undergraduate: B.S. in Human Development & Family Studies, Texas Tech University, Lubbock , TX
Graduate: M.S., Marriage and & Family Therapy, Nova Southeastern University
Research:Gender identity; diversity issues in family therapy; heterosexism and homophobia; LGBT affirmative therapy; intersection between sexuality, spirituality & clinical practice.
Advisors: Dr. Thomas Carlson

Courage Mudzongo, Developmental Science

Undergraduate: B.S. Social Sciences Majoring in Sociology and Minored in Psychology, Africa University, Zimbabwe (2005-2008)
Degree: M.S. Sociology, North Dakota State University (2011-2012)
Research: My research interests include child and adolescent development; child protection; teen pregnancy, HIV and AIDS prevention; and International and faith based development

About me: I enjoy interacting with people, making new connections and sharing knowledge. I hope to teach at college level. Since I have had some experiences in international development, I also aspire to do some consulting for government departments and international non-profit organizations
Hobbies: Reading, outdoors (travelling, golfing, swimming, hiking) and cooking.
Advisor: Dr. Brandy Randall

Jen Wenner, Developmental Science

Undergraduate: B.A. Psychology, Minnesota State University Moorhead
Master's Degree: M.S. Developmental Science, NDSU
Research: Positive behavior (especially prosocial behavior) development and problem behavior development; youth prevention and intervention programs with a focus on positive development; family and social context and their influence on development
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Brandy Randall



Jomo Phillips, Couple and Family Therapy

Undergraduate: B.Sc. Social Work, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad
Graduate: MSSW (Marriage and Family Therapy Specialization), University of Louisville
Research: My research interests include family therapy supervision, therapist development, collaborative approaches to helping, drug and alcohol treatment and family therapy interventions with underserved populations in the Caribbean
Advisor: Dr. Tom Stone Carlson 


Mark Suffolk, Developmental Science

Undergraduate: BSc Psychology Loughborough University UK
Master's Degree: MRes. Psychological Research Methods. Loughborough University UK
Research: Body Image, Muscle Dysmorphia, Relationship between competitive sport and psychological well-being
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Blodgett Salafia


Maegan Jones, Developmental Science

Undergraduate: B.A. in Psychology as well as in Sociology from the College of William and Mary. 
Masters Thesis:
The Effect of Parental Warmth on Girls' Drive for Thinness: Do Both Parents Matter?
Research: body image and eating disorders, with a focus on the family unit and preventative strategies
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Blodgett Salafia

Nicole Roberts, Couple and Family Therapy

Undergraduate: Major-NDSU Child Development and Family Science, Minor-Women's Studies
Master's Degree:  Human Development and Family Science-Couple and Family Therapy
Research: Spirituality and Therapy, Narrative therapy, Social justice approaches to teaching and supervision, LGBT military service members and their experiences in the military and experiences in therapy in military based settings, LGBT Affirmative Therapy, Feminism, Women's experiences in the military, Parent's perspectives on parenting children who are gender nonconforming, and Adventure/Wilderness Therapy
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tom Stone Carlson

Zhen Yang, Developmental Science

Undergraduate: B.A. in English language and literature. South-central University for Nationalities, Wuhan, China.
Degree: Master of Education in Higher Education Management. Higher Education Institute of Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China.
Master of Education in Rehabilitation Counseling. Kent State University, Kent, OH.
Research: child development, cross-countries (cultural) comparison in human development.
Thesis: ---parenting, dissertation: not decided
Advisors: Dr. Heather Fuller, Dr. Joel Hektner.

Couple and Family Therapy Master's Students

Ali Nila
Ana Huerta Lopez
Dawn Baldwin
Elizabeth Schwartz
Emily Corturillo
Jared Kellerman
Sara Raap
Simone Dorsey
Will Pearson

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Last Updated: Thursday, September 17, 2015 8:11:19 AM