Advisor: Dr. Amy Root
I am from Moundsville, WV (a small town 20 miles south of Wheeling). I completed my undergraduate in Child Development and Family Studies at West Virginia University in 2013. I also hold public school teaching certifications in special education and preschool education. I then went on to complete a master's degree in Educational Psychology with an Emphasis in Child Development and Family Studies, also from West Virginia University. During this time, I was a graduate teaching assistant, teaching one section of CDFS 110 (Families Across the Lifespan) each semester. I am currently in my third year of the interdisciplinary PhD in Education, also with an emphasis in Human Development and Family Studies. Broadly, my research interests include two main areas: 1) understanding how parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) promote emotion regulation in their children and 2) understanding parents pf children with ASD's experiences with early intervention and early childhood special education. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our one year old daughter, and baking sweet treats.