M.S. Human Development and Family Science , Auburn University 2020
B.A. Psychology and English, Auburn University, 2015
Clinical Psychological Science, North Dakota State University, Coursework Completed
• Populations: Children-emerging adulthood, sexual and gender minorities
• Peer Relationships
• Peer Support
• Peer Victimization
• Depression, anxiety, and suicide
Troop-Gordon, W., Kaeppler, A.K., & Corbitt-Hall, D.J.
(2020). Youth’s Expectations for their Teacher’s Handling of Peer Victimization and their Socioemotional Development. The Journal of Early Adolescence. https://doi.org/10.1177/0272431620931192
Troop-Gordon, W., MacDonald, A. P., & Corbitt-Hall, D.J.
(2019). Children’s peer beliefs, friendlessness, and friendship quality: Reciprocal influences and contributions to internalizing symptoms. Developmental Psychology, 55(11), 2428–2439. https://doi.org/10.1037/dev0000812
, Kaeppler, A.K., & Gordon, W. (2019, March). Children’s Perceptions of Teachers’ Responses to Bullying and their Trajectories of Adjustment Across Two School Years. Poster presented at biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Baltimore, MD.
, Gauthier, J. M., & Troop-Gordon, W. (2018). Suicidality Disclosed Online: Using a Simulated Facebook Task to Identify Predictors of Support Giving to Friends at Risk of Self-harm. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 49, 598-613. http://doi.org/10.1111/sltb.12461
, Troop-Gordon, W., & Gordon, K.H. (2018, April). Online disclosures of suicidality: The role of communicated risk severity and characteristics of network members in eliciting support. Poster presented at biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Minneapolis, MN.
, Gauthier, J.M., & Troop-Gordon, W. (2018, April). Using a simulated Facebook task to identify predictors of support-giving to friend at risk of self-harm. Poster presented at biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Minneapolis, MN.
, Troop-Gordon, W., & Gordon, K.H. (2018, March). Online disclosures of suicidality: The role of communicated risk severity and characteristics of network members in eliciting support. Poster presented at the annual College of Human Sciences Graduate Student Research Symposium and Auburn University This is Research, Auburn, AL.
, Gauthier, J. M., Troop-Gordon, W., & Witte, T. K. (2017, March). Friends helping friends: Factors predicting peer responses to suicidal content on Facebook. Poster presented at biennial Peer’s Preconference at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, Texas.
, Gauthier, J.M., Davis, M.T., & Witte, T.K. (2016). College students’ responses to suicidal content on social networking sites: An examination using a simulated Facebook newsfeed. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 46(5), 609-624. http://doi.org/10.1111/sltb.12241
, Gauthier, J. M., Davis, M. T., & Witte, T. K. (2015, April). An investigation of college students' interpretations of and responses to suicidal content in Facebook status updates. Poster presented at annual meeting of the American Association of Suicidology, Atlanta, Georgia.
HDFS 2003 – Marriage and Family in a Global Context
HDFS 2013 – Lifespan Human Development in a Family Context
PSYC 250 – Developmental Psychology (NDSU)
Guest lectures on human sexuality and gender identity (Auburn)
Parent Responses to Peer Victimization (2019 – Present): Longitudinal examination of how parents respond to the peer victimization of their child. Collaboration with Wendy Troop-Gordon, PhD, Stephen A. Erath, PhD, Christine W. Totura, PhD, Leanna McConnell, PhD, and Greg Petit, PhD.
Student Perceptions of Teacher Responses to Bullying (2018 – 2020): Longitudinal examination of how students’ perceptions of how their teacher responds to bullying is associated with internalizing and externalizing distress/problems. Collaboration with Wendy Troop-Gordon, PhD, and Alexander Kaeppler, MS.
Friendship Hero Project (2017 – 2020): Longitudinal evaluation of a theory-driven Federally funded anti-bullying intervention in elementary schools. Utilized data for a thesis testing a novel model examining the interactive and facilitating roles of empathy, self-efficacy for defending, and moral disengagement for aggression on a child’s decision to engage in defending behaviors. Collaboration with Wendy Troop-Gordon, PhD and Robert Dvorak, PhD, ABPP.
Undergraduate Facebook Reactions (2016 – 2017): Cross-sectional in vivo examination of the personal factors associated with providing peer support online in response to suicidality disclosed on social media by a peer. Supervised research project. Wendy Troop-Gordon, PhD, Kathryn H. Gordon, PhD, co-supervisors.
Undergraduate Facebook Use II (2015 – 2016): Cross-sectional In vivo examination of the types of responses undergraduates make to suicidality disclosed online. Supervised research project. Wendy Troop-Gordon, PhD, supervisor.
Undergraduate Facebook Use I (2014 – 2015): Novel cross-sectional self-report examination of undergraduate awareness and response to suicidality disclosed online. Supervised undergraduate research project. Tracy K. Witte, PhD, supervisor.
2018 CHS Research Symposium, 1st Place, MS Poster (Auburn University)
2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention
2016 Research Festival 1st Prize for Graduate Presentation (NDSU)
2016 NDSU Tapestry of Diversity
2015 Georgia Vallery Psychology Award (Auburn University)
2014-2015 Undergraduate Research Fellowship Auburn University)
2014 3rd Place for Oral Presentation (Auburn University Research Week)
2014 Women’s Studies Achievement Award (Auburn University)
2014 Undergraduate Teaching Award (SE-ASECS)
2014 Stephen Light Youth Activist Award (Equality Alabama)
2013 Faulk English Award (Auburn University)
2013 Undergraduate Teaching Grant (SE-ASECS)
Any lessons learned?
We are given the blessing of life and the power to control our narrative. We should make the most of that blessing and take every opportunity to demand that our dignity and worth be affirmed by our community.
Hero/someone you look up to?
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German Lutheran Pastor who spoke out against the atrocities of the Nazis and faced a firing squad at Flossenbürg Concentration Camp rather than recant. Hannah Arendt, a Jewish German woman who was briefly interned during the Holocaust, escaped to New York City, and was later influential, in spite of harsh criticism surrounding her theory of the banality of evil, in explaining why ordinary, normally moral people are willingly complicit in atrocities.
High School superlative?
What advice would you offer to someone thinking about graduate school?
Don’t wait until senior year to prepare. You don’t need to know what you want to do your first or second year of undergraduate, but don’t let that stop you from having as many professional experiences as possible. Volunteer in labs and/or with organizations doing the work you want to do. Once you know if you are more interested in research or practice, focus your efforts on either one. Doing so will help you build the skills necessary to be successful in graduate school and will connect you with faculty or graduate mentors who can help guide you through the application process. Those connections could turn into life-long friendships and professional mentors, and these types of relationships are so important to your success both in graduate school and in your professional life.