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Alex Kaeppler
Ph.D. Student, HDFS

 

Education
M.S. Auburn University, Human Development and Family Studies, 2016 B.S. University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, Psychology, 2014

Research interests
• Psychophysiology
• Emotion regulation and coping skills
• Anxiety and mood disorders
• Childhood and adolescent development
Publications/Posters/Papers
Current Publications

Kaeppler, A. K., & Erath, S. A. (2016). Linking social anxiety with social competence in early adolescence: Physiological and coping moderators. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 45(2), 371-384.

Curtis, D. S., Fuller-Rowell, T. E., Hinnant, J. B., Kaeppler, A. K., & Doan, S. N. (2017). Resting high-frequency heart rate variability moderates the association between early life adversity and body adiposity. Health Psychology.

Erath, S. A., Kaeppler, A. K., & Tu, K. M. (under review). Coping with peer stress predicts peer adjustment across the transition to middle school. Journal of Early Adolescence.

Recent Posters

Hinnant, B., Robinson, J., McConnell, L., Kaeppler, A., McCormick, M., & Erath, S. (2018). Motivation toward risky and safe decisions: Effects of peers and rewards on brain activity in adolescents. Poster presented at the annual conference for the Society for Research on Adolescents, Minneapolis, MN.

Kaeppler, A., Punna, B., McConnell, L., Carothers, K., Hall, J., & Hinnant, B. (2018). Risky decision-making in adolescence: the effects of peers. Poster presented at the annual Auburn University – College of Human Sciences graduate student symposium, Auburn, AL.

Courses taught
HDFS 3030 – Adolescent Development in the Family
Guest lecturer in Lifespan Development

Research projects
2018 - Graduate Student Research Assistant, Dr. Wendy Troop-Gordon, Social Development Lab, Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), Auburn University

Responsibilities include: coordinating data collection sessions at elementary schools in Alabama, aiding in data entry and data analysis, and developing research projects for publication or presentation at a professional conference.

2015-2018 - Graduate Student Research Assistant, Dr. Ben Hinnant, Adolescent Decision Making Lab, Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), Auburn University Responsibilities include: developing and implementing lab protocols designed to examine risky decision-making among adolescents in the context of an fMRI pilot study, recruiting participants, collecting and entering behavioral data from fMRI scans, assisting with the design and development of a computer-based driving task used to assess decision-making while undergoing fMRI scans, analyzing both behavioral and fMRI data, training undergraduate research assistants, and creating posters to be presented at internal or professional conferences.

2014-2018 - Graduate Student Research Assistant, Dr. Stephen Erath, Child and Adolescent Relationships Lab, Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), Auburn University

Responsibilities include: assisting in the design and implementation of a pilot study examining social comfort and competence among children with communication disorders (e.g., SLI and ASD); developing and implementing conversation protocols and a coding system for conversation tasks; collecting and cleaning physiological data; analyzing data; publishing peer-reviewed manuscripts and presenting research at professional conferences
Accomplishments
2018   Poster presentation award, Auburn University – College of Human Sciences graduate student symposium. $150
2016   Auburn University Outstanding Master’s Student Award

Fun Facts
Hobbies/hidden talents? Soccer

Pets? 1 Dog (Sammy), and 1 cat (Tiger)

If you could study any random thing other than HDFS, what would it be? Sports Psychology, Kinesiology, or Biomechanics