Graduate Students


Bondy, Carmen
Advisor: Dr. Lilly Shanahan
209 Davie Hall
bondy@live.unc.edu


Camerota, Marie
Advisor: Dr. Martha Cox
212 Davie Hall
mcamerot@live.unc.edu

Marie studies the development of executive function (EF) in preschoolers and young children, as well as the prenatal and postnatal environmental factors that help or hinder the development of cognitive and emotional control processes.


Canipe, Grant
Advisor: Dr. Carol Cheatham
224 Davie Hall
canipelg@live.unc.edu

Grant studies the dopamine signals along various pathways using nutritional and exercise interventions.


Grimes, Melissa
Advisor: Dr. Lilly Shanahan
212 Davie Hall
mrgrimes@live.unc.edu

Melissa studies how the development of self-regulation in early childhood in early childhood impacts one’s later emotions and behaviors, individual differences in development, and the effects of socioemotional development on one’s physical and mental health.


Hoffman, Adam
Advisor: Dr. Beth Kurtz-Costes
219 Davie Hall
ajhoffma@live.unc.edu

Adam studies how contextual processes influence the development of ethnic and racial identity in minority youth and the influence of identity on youth’s academic achievement, academic self-concept, and academic interests.


Hudson, Kesha
Advisor: Dr. Peter Ornstein
226 Davie Hall
knhudson@live.unc.edu

Kesha studies children’s strategic behaviors and early academic achievement as a function of the types of language used in the context of home and school.


Kolacz, Jacek
Advisors: Dr. Jean-Louis Gariepy and Dr. Lilly Shanahan
213B Davie Hall
jkolacz@email.unc.edu

Jacek studies the application of evolutionary-biological models to physiological and behavioral stress response systems, the contextual factors that contribute to their functional organization and plasticity, and identification of profiles that may confer resilience or risk for psychopathology and health problems.


Nehler, Chelsea
Advisor: Dr. Jean-Louis Gariepy
209 Davie Hall
nehlerc@live.unc.edu


Perkins, Katherine
Advisor: Dr. Beth Kurtz-Costes
226 Davie Hall
kaperk@live.unc.edu

Katherine studies the development of children’s perceptions of gender bias in the classroom and the influence of stereotypes and socialization on classroom engagement, motivation, and academic achievement outcomes.


Pettygrove, Dana
Advisor: Dr. Martha Cox
211 Davie Hall
dmpettyg@live.unc.edu


Sheppard, Kelly
Advisor: Dr. Carol Cheatham
226 Davie Hall
willk@live.unc.edu


Stephens, Rebecca
Advisor: Dr. Steven Reznick
219 Davie Hall
rebsteph@live.unc.edu

Rebecca studies infant and toddler cognitive development with an emphasis on attention and executive function and the early development of these constructs in young children with autism spectrum disorder.


Thomas, Taylor
Advisor: Dr. Peter Ornstein
223 Davie Hall
tet@live.unc.edu

Taylor studies the processes that confer various outcomes across developmental trajectories, specifically within the populations of teachers and children, and how these processes are associated with developmental outcomes dealing with memory.


Volpe, Vanessa
Advisor: Dr. Beth Kurtz-Costes
226 Davie Hall
vvolpe@live.unc.edu

Vanessa studies the individual and societal mechanisms through which mental and physical health disparities between racial and ethnic minority and majority groups are created, sustained, and may be ameliorated across the lifespan.


Vuletich, Heidi
Advisors: Dr. Beth Kurtz-Costes and Dr. Keith Payne
211 | 320 Davie Hall
vulet978@live.unc.edu

Heidi studies implicit and explicit barriers to academic achievement in minority youth.


Wagner, Nicolas
Advisor: Dr. Martha Cox
217 Davie Hall
wagnern@live.unc.edu

Nicholas studies how early family and contextual processes contribute to children’s social, emotional, and behavioral development and how their self-regulatory capacities and psychophysiological functioning serve to constrain or augment these associations. Visit him online: Nicholas J. Wagner.