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Yiwei Chen

Position: Head of Developmental Psychology, Professor
Adult Development and Aging
Email: ywchen@bgsu.edu
Address: Office #244

Currently accepting graduate students? 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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Meagan Docherty

Position: Assistant Professor
Child and Adolescent Development
Phone: (419) 372-4939
Email: mdocher@bgsu.edu
Address: Office: Room 259, Psychology Building

Currently accepting graduate students? YES
Sponsoring undergraduate research? YES

Education:

M.A., Ph.D., Rutgers University-Newark
B.A., The College of New Jersey

Research Interests: 

  • The development of problem behaviors, including aggression and violence, from childhood to young adulthood 
  • Coping and exposure to violence, abuse, trauma, and crime 
  • The development of callousness (i.e., the lack of guilt, empathy, emotional expression, concern, and psychopathy) 
  • Adolescent delinquency and young adult offending, particularly gun carrying, drug dealing, and gang involvement 
  • Family, peer, school, and neighborhood influences on youth behavior
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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

Currently accepting graduate students? 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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Marie Tisak

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

Not currently accepting students

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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John Tisak

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

Not currently accepting students

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 endeavor 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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Lauren Dial

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

Education:

M.A. in Psychology, Bowling Green State University
B.A. in Psychology, San Diego State University

Hometown: Imperial, CA, USA

My research interests are focused on children’s conceptualization of health, specifically in the domain of food. I work primarily with Dr. Dara Musher-Eizenman. I am involved with several projects in her lab regarding 1) mindfulness in preschoolers to reduce food neophobia and 2) teachers’ perceptions of child health and utilizing food in the classroom. Currently, I am finishing my thesis which aimed to better understand how preschoolers view novel foods in terms of health and taste. For fun and self-care, I enjoy crocheting, cooking/baking, playing adventure video games, and reading.

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Katie Sakel

Position: 4th Year Graduate Student
Phone: 419-372-4457
Email: kklotz@bgsu.edu
Address: Office #258


Education:

M.A. in Psychology, Bowling Green State University
M.S. in Behavior, Bowling Green State University
B.S. in Biology, Ohio Northern University

Hometown: Gibsonburg, OH, USA

My current research interests are religiosity, religious coping, mental health, and genetic precursors for human behavior. See the following webpage for more information:

https://katiesakel.wordpress.com/

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Jenn Crawford

Position: 4th Year Graduate Student
Phone: 419-372-4457
Email: jcrawf@bgsu.edu
Address: Office #258


Education:

B.A. in Psychology, University of California, Riverside

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA, USA

My research interests center around successful aging and life satisfaction. Specifically, I am interested in research involving differences in decision-making strategies across the life span and moderating variables that affect life satisfaction. Some of my current projects include addressing the moderating effects of rumination on the relationship between daily life stressors and depressive symptoms in adulthood and and exploring social motivation and cognitive processes behind healthful decision-making in adolescence and adulthood.