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Graduate Research Associates

HyangheeHyanghee (Hailey) Lee, M.A.

Project Manager

Hailey is a third year doctoral student in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies specializing in Couple Relationships. She joined the Center’s research team in the Fall of 2012. Hailey currently serves as the Project Manager for the evaluation of the UConn People Empowering People project and the Police and Youth Interaction programs. Her research interests focus on family relationships, including couple relationships, measures to assess family functioning, and cultural difference in family relationships.

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Jennifer Dealy, M.A.

Project Manager

Jennifer Dealy, MA is a third year doctoral student in Human Development and Family Studies.  She is the project manager for the After School Program Evaluation Project for the CARHD.  Her research interests include socio-emotional regulation and co-parenting methods in high conflict dyads and socio-emotional intervenes for at-risk youth.

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Joy Heafner

Joy Heafner, M.A.

Project Manager

Joy is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a researcher/practitioner currently doing her dissertation on feminist-informed applications to mental health practices. Joy previously earned a Master’s degree in psychology from the University of Chicago, where she studied the effects of language on decision-making. Upon joining the Center staff in 2013, Joy began evaluating programs designed to improve attitudes between police officers and youth. Joy currently serves as the Project Manager for the evaluation of an initiative to improve kindergarten attendance for at-risk youth.

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Alexander Reid, M.A.

Graduate Research Associate

Alex is a second year doctoral student in Human Development and Family Studies specializing in Parenthood. He joined the Center’s research team in the Fall of 2014.  His duties include assisting on the evaluation and report preparation for Connecticut’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers and State-Funded after school programs and the evaluation of the UConn People Empowering People project. Alex received his master’s degree in Experimental Psychology at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) in 2014.  His research interests focus on family dynamics and parental behaviors related to mental health outcomes (e.g., depression, self-esteem) in adolescents and emerging adults.  Additionally, Alex is a proud adjunct faculty member in CSUN’s Psychology Department where he teaches undergraduate psychology courses during summer.

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Jonelle Reynolds, M.A.

Graduate Research Associate

Jonelle is a doctoral student in Human Development and Family Studies. She joined the Center’s research team in the Fall of 2014. She received her master’s degree in HDFS with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy at Oklahoma State University in 2014. Her research interests include parent-child relationships and prevention and intervention programs for foster families. Her duties at the Center include data analysis and report preparation; her current projects include the Evaluation of the Supportive Housing for Families (SHF) program.

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Kate Dibble

Kate Dibble, M.A.

Graduate Research Associate

Kate is a doctoral student in Human Development and Family Studies and joined CARHD’s research team in the Fall of 2015. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Connecticut in 2013 and her Master’s degree in Psychology with a specialization in Health Psychology at Central Connecticut State University in 2015. Her main research interests include pediatric and young adulthood cancer and how the illness changes the family dynamic. She aims at identifying and helping families who require extra assistance whilst at treatment – such as transfusions, surgery, and other therapies related to the disease. Her duties at CARHD include data cleaning and analysis and paper composition, among other tasks.

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Lindsay WestbergLindsay Westberg, B.A.

Project Manager

Lindsay is a first year doctoral student in the Human Development and Family Studies department. She joined the Center in the summer of 2015, and has become the project manager for the Supportive Housing for Families partnership with The Connection Inc. Lindsay’s area of specialization is prevention and early intervention, with specific interest in resilience in children exposed to diverse hardships and program evaluation.

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IMG_0007Ciara Collins, M.A.

Project Manager

Ciara is a first year doctoral student in the Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) department with an emphasis in Prevention and Early Intervention. She earned a Master’s degree in HDFS with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Connecticut in May 2015. She joined the Center’s research team in the Summer of 2015 as the project manager for the Crossover Youth project. Her research interests include: risk and protective factors, supports, positive youth development, and resiliency for youth in foster care. She is particularly interested in qualitative research on how youth in foster care define themselves as resilient.

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Nicole MelitaNicole Melita, B.A.

Graduate Research Associate

Nicole is a master’s student in Human Development and Family Studies with a specialization in Prevention and Early Intervention. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Community Health at Hofstra University in 2014. Her research interests include childhood trauma, exposure to violence and trauma-informed treatment interventions for children. She is particularly interested in developmental and psychological implications, protective factors and the role of successful trauma-informed treatment interventions in the context of childhood trauma.

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