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Our Graduate Students



Benjamin Burke
Ben is from Auburn, AL. He graduated with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University. Ben is working with Dr. Mallory Lucier-Greer and his research interests concern successful therapeutic interventions for romantic couples.
Email: bmb0016@tigermail.auburn.edu

Carlie Cave
Carlie is from Montville, CT and received her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University. Her major professor is Dr. Francesca Adler-Baeder and her research interests include relationship education programming for adult couples, and the experiences of military families.
Email: cnc0019@tigermail.auburn.edu

Darcy Corbitt-Hall
Darcy is from Auburn, AL and received her B.A. in Psychology and English from Auburn University. Her major professor is Dr. Wendy Troop-Gordon. Her research interests are centered on peer relationships and psychosocial outcomes. Specifically, Darcy is interested in the predictors of peer support and the ways in which peer support impacts psychosocial functioning in the victims of peer aggression and victimization, systemic injustice, and prejudice. She also passionate about taking research beyond the lab through applied research and cooperative outreach.
Email: darcy.corbitt@auburn.edu

Erin Cooper
Erin is from Pulaski, TN and received a B.S. from the University of North Alabama, where she double-majored in psychology and sociology. She is a first-year Marriage and Family Therapy student, and is still in the process of choosing a major professor and developing research interests. She is largely interested in dynamics of romantic couple relationships and couple relationship education outcomes.
Email: emc0052@auburn.edu

David Curtis
David is from Ogden, UT and received his B.S. in Psychology from Brigham Young University and his M.S. in Couple and Family Therapy from the University of Maryland, College Park. His major professor is Dr. Thomas Fuller-Rowell. His research interests revolve around stress reactivity, stress-related effects on health, and the moderating role of self-regulatory abilities on the stress-health link.
Email: dsc0019@tigermail.auburn.edu

Sabrina D’Agostino
Sabrina is from Milwaukee, WI. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies from The University of Alabama. She is a student in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program. Her major professor is Margaret Keiley and her research interests include sex therapy, paraphilic interests and disorders, and identity formation and shame within relationships.
Email: szd0069@tigermail.auburn.edu

Christiana Datubo-Brown
Christiana is a native of Nigeria who has also lived in Texas (Corpus Christi, Houston, and Austin) for over half her life. She received her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from The University of Texas at Austin and her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Auburn University. Her major professor is Dr. Margaret Keiley. Her research focuses on fathers, fatherhood, and father-child relationships.
Email: cad0014@tigermail.auburn.edu

Caroline Elliott
Caroline Elliott is from Montgomery, Alabama. She received a B.S. in Communication Disorders and a B.A. in French with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University, and she is currently working to attain her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her major professor is Dr. Francesca Adler-Baeder, and her research interests involve therapeutic and educational interventions to enhance complex family structures and their functioning, particularly step-parent and step-child relationships.
Email: cse0007@auburn.edu

DaJuandra Eugene
DaJuandra is from Atlanta, GA. She received her B.A. in Communications and her M.Ed. in Communication Disorders from Georgia State University. Dr. Tom Fuller-Rowell is her major professor and her research interests are centered around applied research, health disparities, population health, family stress and health events, and caregiver and care recipient health outcomes.
Email: dye0001@auburn.edu

Ania Evans
Ania is from Andrews AFB, MD and received her B.S. in Psychology from Auburn University. Dr. Megan Haselschwerdt is her major professor. Her research interests center around domestic violence with a specific emphasis on military families, resiliency, and intersectionality.
Email: aze0012@auburn.edu

Courtney Fixelle
Courtney is from Coral Springs, Florida. She received her B.S. with a double major in Family and Child Sciences and Sociology from the Florida State University. Currently, she is studying to obtain her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy and is working with Dr. Stephen Erath as her major professor. Her research interests include parent-child relationships, eating disorders, and romantic relationships.
Email: czf0032@auburn.edu

Brian Gillis
Brian Gillis is from Dayton, Ohio. He received a B.A. in English from Auburn University, an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, and an M.F.T. from Southern Connecticut State University. His major professor is Dr. Mona El-Sheikh, and his research interests include physiological regulation and biological mechanisms (sleep, physical activity, and nutrition) that can serve as protective factors for adolescents and their families.
Email: gillibr@tigermail.auburn.edu

Crystal Harrell
Crystal is from Ozark, AL and received her BA in Sociology at Auburn University with a minor in Military Science. She also serves as a Medical Service Corps Officer in the U.S. Army Reserves. Her research interests include health disparities, race and ethnicity, and population health.
Email: cth0012@auburn.edu

Olivia Hartwick
Olivia is from Fort Atkinson, WI and received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Her major professor is Dr. Brian Vaughn, and her research focuses on preschoolers' social interaction, particularly peer conflict, within a childcare center. Email: ozh0002@tigermail.auburn.edu

CC Hermes
CC is from Knoxville, TN, and she received her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University. While still in the process of choosing a major professor, her interests include both intervention and prevention research as they relate to romantic relationships.
Email: cch0026@tigermail.auburn.edu

Claire Herren
Claire is from Birmingham, Alabama and received her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University. She is a first-year student in the Marriage and Family Therapy program who is actively considering major professor options while continuing to develop her research interests. Claire's current interests include parent-child attachment, therapist fit, and therapist alliance with clients experiencing disability or chronic illness.
Email: cch0011@auburn.edu

Kathleen Hlavaty
Kathleen is from Ann Arbor, MI. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan and her M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University. Kathleen works with Dr. Megan Haselschwerdt and Dr. Gregory Pettit. Her research examines how relationships (peer, family, and romantic) can foster resilience in adolescence and emerging adulthood.
Email: Kathleen.Hlavaty@gmail.com

Nakia Jones
Nakia is a graduate student in the Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s Program. Her bachelors is in Human Development and Family Studies from The University of Alabama. She is interested in researching reconnecting relationships of post incarcerated mothers and fathers with their children. Her career plans are to become a full time therapist and eventually develop a community resource center.
Email: ndj0004@tigermail.auburn.edu

Alex Kaeppler
Alex is from Oregon, WI and received his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. His major professor is Dr. Stephen Erath. His research interests include the development of anxiety disorders, such as Social Anxiety Disorder, in children and adolescents and how these disorders continue to develop throughout the lifespan.
Email: akk0021@auburn.edu

Dani Lauricella
Dani a second year student in the Marriage and Family Therapy program. She is from Agua Dulce, California. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a BS in Human Development. She is currently working with Megan Haselschwerdt to identify patterns of sibling relationships in the context of domestic violence as a thesis topic.
Email: dzl0055@tigermail.auburn.edu

Olivia Martin-Piñon
Olivia Martin-Piñon is from Corpus Christi, Texas. She received a B.A. in psychology, with a concentration in neuroscience, from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. Olivia’s major professors are Dr. Mona El-Sheikh and Dr. Stephen Erath. Her research interests are in the biological and psychological effects of chronic childhood stress, as well as the protective factors buffering those effects.
Email: oam0006@tigermail.auburn.edu

Connor Martz
Connor is from Hartland, WI and received his B.S. in Community & Nonprofit Leadership and Global Health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His major professor is Dr. David H. Chae. His research interests include health inequities and the social determinants of health, with a focus on the biopsychosocial mechanisms that generate health disparities.
Email: cdm0061@auburn.edu

Leanna McConnell
Leanna is from Medina, OH and received her B.A. in psychology from Miami University. Her major professor is Dr. Stephen Erath. Her research interests are varied but are all centered around risk. She is still developing her interests during her first year of graduate school.
Email: lzm0051@auburn.edu

Beth McDaniel
Beth is from Gulf Shores, AL and received her B.S.W. and M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University. Her major professor is Dr. Gregory Pettit. Her research interests center around the development of compassion, social skills, and positive social relationships, behavioral and physiological regulation when confronting stressors, cultural and racial sensitivity, and civic responsibility and engagement. Using a social-ecological approach, she also examines the developmental, physiological, social, and health consequences of income inequality and concentrated poverty and the identification of federal, state, and local-level policies that promote, or prevent, equitable access to resources and opportunities.
Email: coopes1@auburn.edu

Sandy Morrison
Sandy is from Rockford, IL and received her B.S. in Psychology from Truman State University and her M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University. Her major professor is Dr. Francesca Adler-Baeder. Her research interests are in prevention/intervention research, parenting, and positive youth development.
Email: sum0001@auburn.edu

Jessica Norton
Jessica is a native of Charleston, SC and received her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Human Development from Howard University, in Washington, DC. Her major professor is Dr. Adrienne Duke and her research interest concern intervention development and evaluation of family inclusive programs to address adolescent conduct disorder.
Email: jrn0010@auburn.edu

Miranda Pecot
Miranda is originally from Louisiana but grew up in Auburn, Alabama. She attended Auburn University and graduated with a B.A. in Human Development and Family Studies in May 2016. She is a Marriage and Family Therapy student and is highly interested in mindfulness in the context of romantic relationships.
Email: mlp0028@tigermail.auburn.edu

Clairee Peterson
Clairee is from Gainesville, Florida. She attended the University of South Florida, where she received her B.S. in Behavioral Healthcare with a second undergraduate major in Psychology. Currently, she is in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Auburn University. Her research interests include resilience and risk factors in development and adolescent peer relationships.
Email: czp0057@tigermail.auburn.edu

Raven Pyle
Raven is from Midland, GA. She received a B.S. in both Child and Family Development and Psychology from The University of Georgia and her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Auburn University. Her major professor is Dr. Margaret Keiley. Her research focuses on trauma, child abuse/neglect, and the transmission of risk and protective factors within family systems.
Email: rap0015@tigermail.auburn.edu

Davina Quichocho
Davina is from Tampa, FL, where she attended the University of South Florida. There, she obtained B.A. degrees in Psychology and Communication, as well as a M.A. in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling. Davina began her Ph.D. program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Florida State University before transferring to Auburn University. Here at Auburn, she is continuing her doctoral studies in Human Development and Family Science under the professorship of Mallory Lucier-Greer, with a research program focused on issues affecting military families.
Email: dzq0005@tigermail.auburn.edu

Lucy Riley
Lucy Riley is from Springville Alabama and received her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in middle childhood and adolescence from Auburn University. Her major professor is Dr. Di Samek. Her research interests are substance use, parenting, and personality in adolescence and emerging adulthood.
Email: lkr0008@auburn.edu

Ekjyot Saini
Ekjyot is from Queens, NY and received her B.A with concentrations in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science and History from the University of Michigan, as well as her M.S.W in Interpersonal Practice with Children and Families from the University of Michigan. Her major professor is Dr. Mona El-Sheikh. Her research interests include family relationships, socio-emotional adjustment, stress and self-regulation, the role of biophysiological mechanisms, and how they influence disparities in child and family outcomes.
Email: eks0016@tigermail.auburn.edu

Rachel Savasuk
Rachel is from New Smyrna Beach, FL and received her B.S. in Psychology and Family and Child Sciences as well as her M.S. in Family and Child Sciences from Florida State University. Dr. Francesca Adler-Baeder and Dr. Megan Haselschwerdt are her major professors. Her interests are in prevention/intervention research, diverse family experience, and dating violence/aggression in adolescent romantic relationships.
Email: rms0036@tigermail.auburn.edu

Joelle Smith
Joelle is from Powder Springs, Ga. She graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from Berry College. Joelle's research interests concern racial socialization of minority children.
Email: jgs0042@tigermail.auburn.edu

Mary Sullivan
Mary is a student in the Marriage and Family Therapy program. She is from Pelham, Alabama. She graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor's degree in psychology. Her major professor is Dr. Scott Ketring. Her research interests include couples, sex, and religion. She is currently a therapist for Family Children Services and Keeping Family Connections.
Email: mcs0037@auburn.edu

Carly VanDenBerg
Carly received a B.S. and M.S. in Human Development & Family Studies from Auburn University. Her major professor for her M.S. was Dr. Greg Pettit, and her current major professor is Dr. Stephen Erath. Her research interests include intergenerational continuities in parenting, parent-child interactions, determinants of parenting and goodness-of-fit in parent-child relationships.
Email: arendce@auburn.edu

Natasha Voigt
Natasha is from Sarasota, FL and received a B.S. in Psychology, with minors in Child Development and Spanish, from Florida State University. She is a first-year Marriage and Family Therapy student, and is still in the process of choosing a major professor. Her research interests are focused on adolescents and couples.
Email: nzv0012@tigermail.auburn.edu