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Emerging Scholars Committee Co-Chairs

Jessie Rudi, Executive Council (2014-2018)

Jessie Rudi is a research associate at the Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health (ITR) and in the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota. She earned her Ph.D. in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota in 2015.  Her program of research focuses on promoting strong and supportive parenting and parent-child relationships during adolescence and the transition to adulthood. Much of her work has examined technology use in the family context, and specifically the use of communication technology in parenting and parent-child communication and its role in family relationships and youth development. Jessie can be contacted at:

Caitlin Cavanagh, Executive Council (2016-2020)

Caitlin Cavanagh is an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University. She graduated with her Ph.D in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine in 2016, after receiving her B.A. with honors and highest distinction in Clinical and Social Psychology from the University of Rochester in 2011. Her program of research seeks to produce developmentally sound research that can improve how the juvenile justice system interfaces with youth and their families. Caitlin can be contacted at:

Emerging Scholars Committee Members

Membership Committee: Diamond Bravo

Diamond is a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She received her PhD in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University. She received her BA in Psychology from University of California, Riverside and her MA in General Experimental Psychology from California State University, Northridge. Her dissertation focused on the development of achievement motivation among at-risk Latina adolescent mothers through a strengths-based approach and culturally informed frameworks. Broadly, Diamond’s research focuses on the cultural mechanisms and constructs that contribute to the academic success and well-being (e.g., psychosocial, physical) of immigrant-students and students of color in the United States. She can be contacted at
Jennifer DotySecretary & Interdisciplinary: Jen Doty

Jennifer Doty is a PhD candidate in Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota.  In her dissertation research, she focuses on the relationship between parents and adolescents prospectively over three generations in the Youth Development Study.  Jennifer’s research interests include the well-being of parents and adolescents, translational research using online tools, and parent-based prevention.   Her long term goal is to build bridges between basic research and applied settings.

Publications Committee: Meghan Martz
Meghan Martz is a doctoral candidate in Developmental Psychology at the University of Michigan and a pre-doctoral fellow with NIDA’s Substance Abuse Interdisciplinary Training Program. At Michigan, Meghan is an affiliate with the multidisciplinary Population, Neurodevelopment and Genetics Program (PNG) and Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) research consortium. Meghan’s current research focuses on psychosocial and neural mechanisms underlying developmental trajectories of substance use during adolescence through early adulthood. Specifically, Meghan aims to bring a developmental perspective to studying associations between behavioral, contextual, and neural predictors of both substance use risk and resilience. Prior to entering University of Michigan’s PhD program, she received a MSW in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago and BS in Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies from Indiana University. Meghan can be contacted at
Innovative Small Grants Committee: Beth McDaniel
Beth is a Doctoral student in the Human Development and Family Studies program at Auburn University. After working as a child welfare case manager for five years, she was motivated to return to academia to learn how to apply developmental research to break intergenerational cycles of poverty and abuse and to create more equitable access to resources for vulnerable populations. Beth’s research focuses on the development of positive and prosocial behaviors that can help buffer against the negative effects of adverse childhood experiences and eventually contribute to social mobility, as well as the contextual factors that influence their development. More specifically, these behaviors include the development of 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, Beth also examines the developmental, physiological, social, and health consequences of income inequality and concentrated poverty, particularly among African-American individuals, and the identification of federal, state, and local-level policies that promote, or prevent, equitable access to resources and opportunities. Beth received her Bachelor’s in Social Work and a minor in Criminology from Auburn University in 2007 and received her Master’s of Science degree in HDFS from Auburn University in Spring 2014. She can be contacted at

Mollie McQuillan

Media & Communications: Mollie McQuillan
Mollie is currently in her third year of an interdisciplinary PhD program, Human Development and Social Policy, at Northwestern University. She holds a Masters in Human Development and Social Policy (Northwestern University), a Masters in Education (University of St. Thomas) and AB in Political Science and Psychology (University of Chicago). Mollie’s 14 years of teaching and coaching adolescents led to her research interests in adolescent education and health. Her current research projects explore how sexual minority adolescents’ social relationships contribute to changes in educational attainment, stress biology, and overall health.  She can be reached at


Diana Meeter

Ad-Hoc Member – Lounge: Diana J. Meter
Broadly, Diana’s research interests include peer victimization, aggression, friendships, and prosocial behavior in person and in online communication among adolescents. She is particularly interested in the individuals who defend their peers from peer victimization. Her current research investigates the positive and negative consequences of adolescents’ receipt and enactment of defending for both victims and defenders of peer victimization. Diana is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the School of Brain and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas. Diana received her Ph.D. (2015) in Family Studies and Human Development at the University of Arizona where she was funded by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. She received her M.S. from this program in 2013, and her B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina Asheville in 2008. Diana can be contacted at

Diversity Committee: Amanda Pollitt
Amanda Pollitt is a current PhD candidate at the University of Arizona in Family Studies and Human Development. She received her B.S. in psychology at West Virginia University. Her current work focuses broadly on the health and wellbeing of bisexual youth with a particular focus on contexts for health, such as romantic relationships, gender, and family dynamics.

Kristina Schmid Callina, Emerging Scholar Committee Member

Kristina Schmid Callina is a Visiting Scholar at the Center on Adolescence at Stanford University and a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. Her research interests focus on the way in which adolescents construct positive pathways to adulthood. For example, Kristina’s dissertation examined the role of hope in positive developmental outcomes, especially youth engagement in community contributions. More recently, Kristina has broadened the scope of her work by using a strengths-based perspective to better understand the positive development of military-connected youth. In collaboration with the Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic at the United States Military Academy and the Center on Adolescence at Stanford University, Kristina is managing a project on the development of character and leadership among cadets at West Point (PI: Richard M. Lerner). In addition, Kristina collaborates with the Military Child Education Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the educational success of military-connected kids. Kristina received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire in 2006 and a Ph.D. in Child Development from Tufts University in 2013.

Individual Awards Committee: Aura Ankita Mishra
Aura is a 3rd year doctoral candidate in the Human Development and Family Studies program at Purdue University. She is originally from India and moved to the United States to pursue her undergraduate degree in 2009. Through her substantive research, she is trying to understand the role of environmental, social and biological processes on long-term physical and psychological health, and overall well-being as a consequence of adverse and traumatic experiences during childhood and adolescence. Her more general research interest is in understanding the role of risk and protective factors on well-being outcomes in at-risk children and youth.

Finance Committee: Ryan Watson
Ryan Watson is an assistant professor at the University of Connecticut in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. He recently finished a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia, earned his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, and received his B.A. at UCLA in Los Angeles, California.  His program of research focuses on LGBT youth and their experiences with families, at schools, and coming out. He is a co-investigator on a US$2M National Institutes of Health grant and the Principal Investigator of a project that investigates the casual sex experiences of sexual minorities.
Social Policy Awards Committee: Emily Waterman
Emily Waterman is a doctoral candidate in Human Development and Family Studies at the Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA. She received her M.S. from the same program and her B.A. in Psychology from Siena College. Emily’s research spans two broad areas: 1) development in young adulthood with a focus on sexuality and college health, and 2) the use of design thinking to develop innovative prevention programs. Emily’s current research focuses on sexual assault risk factors and sexual assault prevention.

International Committee: Guilherme Wendt
Guilherme Wendt is a Brazilian psychologist, and currently a PhD candidate (Psychology) at Unit for School and Family Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has a M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology, and holds a bachelor’ degree in Psychology. Guilherme’ main areas of investigation include peer relations, bullying, antisocial behavior and callous-unemotional traits. He is also interested in applied statistics and psychological assessment. Guilherme can be reached via email ( or, Facebook (/gwwendt), and Twitter (/thehypertext).

EARA International Representative: Jolien van der Graaff
Jolien van der Graaff works as an assistant professor at the Department of Youth and Family Studies at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Her research concerns the development of empathy in adolescence, and its links with parent-adolescent relationship quality and adolescents’ prosocial behavior. Before she started her work at Utrecht University, Jolien worked for several years as a family counselor and video-hometrainer in youth welfare services. Jolien can be contacted at
Emerging Scholar Spotlight & Small Working Groups Committee: Angie Calvin
Angela “Angie” Calvin is a PhD candidate in Educational Psychology, Human Development specialization, at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her program of research bridges communication and developmental theories to understand the risks and opportunities of social media use on the psychosocial development of adolescents and young adults. Her dissertation investigates the ramifications of adolescents employing withdrawing and withholding strategies on social media over school transitions to navigate peer relationships and craft identities. Using machine learning methods, she has also examined mentions of bullying on Twitter in collaboration with computer scientists. She holds a M.S. in Developmental Psychology from Illinois State University. She can be contacted at
Consensus Statements Committee: Chenoa Allen
Chenoa is an NICHD postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Center for Women’s Health and Health Disparities Research. Her current research focuses on how state and local immigration-related policies affect the wellbeing of children and adolescents in immigrant families. She also studies methodological and measurement issues related to health disparities research. Chenoa received her PhD in public health from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 2016. She also has an MS in health and medical sciences from the University of California, Berkeley – University of California, San Francisco, Joint Medical Program. Chenoa can be contacted at
Nominations Committee: Adam Fine
Adam Fine is a PhD candidate in Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. He received an M.A. from the University of California, Irvine in 2015 and a B.A. from Georgetown University in 2012. His program of research utilizes a developmental perspective to examine how youth perceive and interact with the juvenile justice system. His current work seeks to understand how individual differences in psychosocial maturity and attitudes towards the justice system contribute to whether justice system involvement affects youth outcomes. He can be reached at

Past Emerging Scholar Representatives


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