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Yiwei Chen

Position: Professor
Adult Development and Aging
Email: ywchen@bgsu.edu
Address: Office #244

Taking students for the 2016-2017 academic year? YES.

Education:

Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology

Research Interests: I have two lines of research interests. First, I am interested in how aging processes (physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional) influence individuals’ social judgment and decision making. Second, I am interested in the relationship between emotion, emotion regulation, health behavior, and health outcomes.

Current Projects: Current projects include the role of numeracy in adult decision making and age differences in stress, coping, and affective well-being.

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Dara Musher-Eizenman

Position: Professor, Vice Chair of Undergraduate Instruction
Child and Adolescent Development
Phone: 419-372-2948
Email: mushere@bgsu.edu
Address: Office #260

Taking students for the 2016- 2017 academic year? YES

Education:

Ph.D.  University of Virginia

B.A. Williams College

Research Interests: My research focuses broadly on how children develop their attitudes and behaviors about food and body. For example, I am interested in how parents feed their young children and how this leads children to eat in healthy or unhealthy ways. I am also interested in what young children think about their own bodies (body esteem, for example) and the bodies of others (anti-fat bias, for example).  I am ultimately interested in how we as a society can raise children who have healthy eating habits, healthy weights, and healthy attitudes about their own and others' bodies. 

Current Projects: My research group is currently working on a project with preschool age children. We are looking at the role that fathers (who have been largely neglected in this field) play in feeding their children. We are also working on understanding how parents use food as a reward. We are hoping to understand the distinction between using food to reward children for eating  (for example, "if you eat your vegetables, you can have dessert") and using food to reward behavior (e.g., "if you clean your room, you can have dessert"), as well as using non-food rewards. We are also investigating what positive practices parents use to encourage healthy eating habits in their children (such as involving them in food preparation and making healthy foods more fun for kids).

 

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John Tisak

Position: Professor
Developmental Methodology
Phone: 419-372-2246
Email: jtisak@bgsu.edu
Address: Office #331

Education:

Ph.D University of California at Berkeley

Research Interests: My research interests are psychological measurement theory, statistical and mathematical methodology, and longitudinal and lifespan modeling.

Current Projects: As the primary methodologist in the psychology department, I work closely with the developmental faculty and students. Currently, I am constructing mathematical/statistical models for psychological attributes which are measured longitudinally. In particular, I am interested in the development of human cognitive skills/abilities and intelligence throughout the life-span. Especially important in this endeavour are (1) the study of change; (2) the effects of interventions; (3) the stability of abilities; and (4) the correlates of change. Additionally, I have research interests in multivariate statistical techniques, measurement, test theory, and research methodology.  

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Marie Tisak

Position: Head of Developmental Psychology, Professor
Child and Adolescent Development
Phone: 419-372-2273
Email: mtisak@bgsu.edu
Address: Office #359

Education:

Ph.D. Stanford University

Research Interests and Current Projects: My major research is in the area of social cognitive development. One emphasis is on children and adolescents and covers the development of moral reasoning and reasoning about authority (e.g., parents and school officials) and peer relations (e.g. conflict behaviours, peer influence). Another research focus has been to study the relationship between social cognition and social behavior. For example, research is being conducted that examines the connection between youth offenders' thinking about their social world (e.g., rules and laws) and their social behaviour (e.g., criminal acts).

A related research interest is children's evaluations of peers (e.g., their prosocial behaviors, social interactions with peers) who are victims of either physical abuse and/or aggression.

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Erin Baker

Position: 5th Year Graduate Student
Phone: 419-372-4395
Email: ebaker@bgsu.edu
Address: Office #224

Education:

M.S. in Experimental Psychology, Morehead State University

B.A. in Psychology, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Hometown: Greenville, IL, USA

My research has been mostly on socio-cognitive development in early childhood. My dissertation focuses on metacognitive and moral development, and how these antecedents impact specific aggressive behavior subtypes and prosociality in the preschool-years. My research also includes development up to and including adolescence, and covers a variety of topics, such as attachment, gender-stereotype development, parenting outcomes, delinquency, and social information-processing, to name a few.

Courses Taught:

Quantitative Methods (statistics)

Developmental Psychopathology

Psychology of Child Development

Psychology of Adolescent Development

Psychology of Lifespan Development

Publications:

  • Baker, E. R., Tisak, M. S., & Tisak., J. (in review). What can boys and girls do?: Preschoolers’ perspectives regarding gender roles across domains of behavior. Social Psychology and Education: An International Journal.
  • Baker, E. R. & Tisak, M. S. (in prep). Theory of mind development and concurrent aggressive expression in normative preschoolers: Successful social navigation for goal acquisition.
  • Baker, E. R. & Tisak, M. S. (in prep). An examination of aggressive expression and inhibitory control skills in a normative preschool sample.
  • Baker, E. R. & Kidwell, S. L. (in prep). Hostile attributions as a mediator of the association between attachment and children’s behavior problems .
  • Baker, E. R. & Kidwell, S. L. (in prep). Social information processing and emotion regulation: Mediating relations on attachment and emotional competence in at-risk preschoolers.
  • Tisak, M. S., Tisak, J., Baker, E. R., Amrhein, K., & Sedlar, A. (in prep). Parental warmth/control and adolescent depression: Predictors of moderate and severe aggression among adolescent offenders

 

 

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Qijuan (Fiona) Fang

Position: 4th Year Graduate Student
Phone: 419-372-4338
Email: qfang@bgsu.edu
Address: Office #254

Education:

ABD in Developmental Psychology, Bowling Green State University

*I am also currently pursuing my M.S. in Applied Statistics at Bowling Green State University

M.S. in Psychology, the University of Texas in San Antonio

Hometown: Shenzhen, Guangdong, China

My research has primarily focused on several broad areas: a) aggression, bullying/cyberbullying, and relationship issues in adolescents; b) cross-cultural studies; c) psychometric research (scale development and validation) and mental health; and d) spiritual and religious issues.

Courses Taught:

Introduction to Psychology

Abnormal Psychology

Quantitative Methods (statistics)

Developmental Psychopathology

Psychology of Adolescent Development

Publications:

Fang, Q., Freedenthal, S., & Osman, A. (2015). Validation of the Suicide Resilience Inventory-25 with Chinese and American college students. Suicide & Life-Threatening Behavior, 45(1), 51-64. doi: 10.1111/sltb.12108

Pargament, K., Lomax, J. W., McGee, J. S., & Fang, Q (2014). Sacred moments in psychotherapy from the perspectives of mental health providers and clients: Prevalence, predictors, and consequences. Spirituality in Clinical Practice.

Bradshaw, M., Ellison, C. G., Fang, Q., & Mueller, C. (2014). Listening to religious music and mental health in later life. The Gerontologist, 00, 1-12. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnu020

LeRoy, M., Mahoney, A., Gullan, R. L., Boxer, P., & Fang, Q. (2014). Parents who hit and scream: Interactive effects of verbal and physical aggression on clinic-referred adolescents’ adjustment. Child Abuse & Neglect, 38, 893-901.

Ellison, C. G., Fang, Q., Flannelly, K. J., & Steckler, R. A. (2013). Spiritual struggles and mental health: Exploring the moderating effects of religious identity. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 23, 214-229.

Osman, A., Freedenthal, S., Fang, Q., Willis, J., Norizuki, T., & Gutierrez, P. M (2011). The UTSA Future Disposition Inventory: Further analyses of reliability, validity, and potential correlates in non-clinical samples. In A. M. Columbus (Ed.), Advances in psychology research. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Heiby, E.M. & Fang, Q. (2010). Mood Disorders. In I. B. Weiner & W. E. Craighead (Eds.), Corsini's encyclopedia of psychology (4th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Osman, A., Gutierrez, P., Bagge, C. L., Fang, Q., & Emmerich, A. (2010). Reynolds Adolescent Depression Scale–second edition: A reliable and useful instrument. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 66, 1-22.

Osman, A., Gutierrez, P., Smith, K., & Fang, Q. (2010). The Anxiety Sensitivity Index-3: Analyses of dimensions, reliability estimates, and correlates in nonclinical samples. Journal of Personality Assessment, 92, 45-52.

Osman, A., Gutierrez, P., Schweers, R., Fang, Q., Holguin-Mills, R. L., & Cashin, M. (2009). Psychometric evaluation of the Body Investment Scale for use with adolescents. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 66, 259-276.

Manuscripts in preparation (draft available)

Fang, Q., McNaughton-Cassill, M., Bryan, C., & Osman, A. (in preparation). Evidence for scale reliability and validity of scores on the Anxiety Depression Distress Inventory-27 (ADDI-27).

Tisak, M., Chen, Y., Tisak, J., Goldstein, S., & Fang, Q. (in preparation). Adolescent misconduct behaviors: A cross-cultural perspective of adolescents and their parents.

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Scott Graupensperger

Position: 2nd Year Graduate Student
Phone: 419-372-4457
Email: Graupes@bgsu.edu
Address: Office #258

Education:

B.A. in Psychology, Northern Arizona University

Hometown: Bend, OR, USA

My research interests lie in the intersection between developmental psychology and sport psychology. Within this domain, I am specifically interested in researching positive youth development, the development of morality, coach-athlete dynamics, and social identity factors related to participation in team sports. During my time at BGSU I will be concurrently working on degrees in both developmental psychology and kinesiology (sport psychology). In addition to my scholarly pursuits, I work with the BGSU athletics department as a member of the Sport Performance Team which involves consulting with BGSU athletes to teach them mental skills for peak performance. In my spare time you will find me watching or coaching hockey, and obnoxiously cheering for the Oregon Ducks.

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Cjersti Jensen

Position: 2nd Year Graduate Student
Phone: 419-372-4395
Email: cjensen@bgsu.edu
Address: Office #224

Education:

B.A. in Psychology, University of Michigan-Dearborn

Hometown: Grosse Ile, MI, USA

My research interests are in the development of social categorization processes, such as prejudice, preference, and conceptualization of social categories.  I am interested in researching how young children come to recognize, think about, and react to social such as gender, race, religion, family type, etc. I am currently active in Marie Tisak’s lab working with data from juvenile offenders. I am also an active member of the Diversity Committee’s Research Subgroup. For my thesis, I intend to research the development of racial and gender in-group preference and out-group prejudice. In my spare time, I like to sing in choirs, color, and call my twin sister.

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Jenna Marx

Position: 4th Year Child Clinical
Phone: 419-372-4306
Email: jmmarx@bgsu.edu
Address: Office #121

Education:

M.S., Sacred Heart University

B.A., Washington University in St. Louis

My research interests are primarily focused on health promotion across the lifespan. I am involved with Dr. Dara Musher-Eizenman's Early Child Development lab, researching parental feeding practices for, eating habits of, and weight bias in preschool age children. While at BGSU, I have also led adult weight loss interventions and sugar reduction workshops under the supervision of Dr. Robert Carels (now faculty at East Carolina University). I am currently working on my dissertation, which is aimed at better understanding the food culture in youth athletics and identifying strategies to promote healthy eating among this population.

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Yisheng (Eason) Peng

Position: 3rd Year Graduate Student
Phone: 419-372-4457
Email: pengy@bgsu.edu
Address: Office #258

Education:

M.A. in Psychology Capital Normal University (Beijing, China)

B.A. in Psychology, Beijing Forestry University (Beijing, China)

Hometown: Nanchang, Jiangxi, China

I am generally interested in emotion and emotion regulation, as well as their implications for well-being. Currently I am pursuing my doctoral degree in both developmental and Industrial-Organizational psychology. I am actively working with both Dr. Yiwei Chen and Dr. Steve Jex. My current research is mainly about how people manage their emotions at work and how this would influence their work behaviors and well-being. My future research would target on middle and older workers, with specific focuses on emotional aging and retirement issues.

Courses Taught: 

Adult Development and Aging

Publications

Chen, Y., Peng, Y., & Fang, P. (in press). Aging and subjective well-being: the mediation role of emotional intelligence. International Journal of Aging and Human Development.

Wang, Y., & Peng, Y. (in press; response article). An alternative approach to understanding generational difference. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice.

Dai, B. B., Peng, Y., & Lee, J. (2014). Characteristics of older adults with depressive mood on emotion regulation and interpretative bias. Chinese Journal of Gerontology, 6, 1609-1610.

Dai, B., Peng, Y., & Lee, J. (2014). A cross-sectional study of depressive symptom and emotion regulation in older adults. Chinese Mental Health Journal. 28(3), 192-196.

Peng, Y., Fang P., & Jiang Y. (2011).The status and prospect in research on brain mechanisms of emotion regulation. Psychological Science (Chinese). 34(6), 1325-1331.

Peng, Y., Lee, J., & Dai, B. (2009). Mental health status of retired elderly from universities in Beijing and its related factors. Chinese Journal of Gerontology. 29, 2782-2785.

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David (Jiaxi) Wang

Position: 5th Year Graduate Student
Phone: 419-372-4338
Email: jiaxiking@gmail.com
Address: Office #254

Education: 

M.A. in Developmental Psychology, Bowling Green State University

B.A. in Psychology, Shawnee State University

Hometown: Shenyang, China

My research interests are social decision making and medical decision making in old age, and how the ability to work with numerical information could impact decision making competences of older adults.