The Comparative Human Development graduate program prepares students for a full range of professional careers. The department produces graduates who take academic positions in a variety of departments, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of their human development training: departments of anthropology, biology, education, human development, policy, psychology, sociology, social work, and other related fields. Graduates have also taken postdoctoral or other fellowship programs as their first academic posts. Additionally, some of our graduates have taken full-time research or consulting positions in non-profit organizations, government agencies, and in the business sector.

The following is a list of the departmental alumni for whom we have current information. If you are an alumna or alumnus of the department and would like us to include you in this list, please contact our department secretary with your current title, photo and website. You may also view the complete list of alumni and their dissertations since 1989.

 Sami Abuhamdeh (Ph.D.2008)

Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, American University in Cairo
Dissertation: What Makes an Intrinsically Motivated Activity Intrinsically Motivated: The Role of Challenge

Karen Hunt Ahmed (Ph.D. 2007)

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Finance and Management at DePaul University
Dissertation: The "Business" of Culture: Morality and Practice in Islamic Finance

David Ansari (Ph.D. 2018)

Current Position: Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences, Comparative Human Development
Dissertation: "Dare to be a future therapist": Uncertainty and apprenticeship in mental health services for immigrants and refugees in Paris, France

Kiyoshi Asakawa (Ph.D. 1997)

Current Position: Professor at the Graduate School of Intercultural Communication Major in Intercultural Communication, Hosei University
Dissertation: The Experience of Interdependence and Independence in the Self-Construal Asian American and Caucasian American Adolescents: Feelings, of Connectedness and Academic Motivation

Michael Axelman (Ph.D. 1999)

Current Position: CARE Parenting & Child Counseling
Dissertation: The Rational Experiences of African-American Adolescents and the Role of Significant Adults: An Examination of Teenage Lives During the Transition to High School

Sue Bae (Ph.D. 2001)

Current Position: American School of Professional Psychology
Dissertation: The Experience of Professional Autonomy among Psychotherapists in Korea and the West

Deanna Barenboim (Ph.D. 2013)

Current Position: Faculty in Anthropology at Sarah Lawrence College
Dissertation: Belonging Out of Place: Navigating ‘Illegality’ and Indigeneity in Migrant Maya California

Naomi Bartz-McCormick (A.M. 2009)

Current Position: Research Project Manager in the Rehab Research Lab of William C. Miller at The University of British Columbia
Master's Thesis: "Nothing for Us Without Us:" Local Political Responses to City-Led Strategies of Neighbourhood Revitalization

Les Beldo (Ph.D. 2014)

Current Position: Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Dissertation: Atheism & Orthodoxy: An Analysis of Moral Reasoning in the American Culture Wars

Douglas Bell (Ph.D. 1994)

Current Position: Adjunct Professor in the department of Cinema Arts & Science, Columbia College Chicago
Dissertation: Meetings on the Horizon of Meanings: A Cultural Analysis of Adolescents "Reading" AIDS

Will Bennis (Ph.D. 2004)

Current Position: University of New York in Prague
Dissertation: Experience, Values, Beliefs, and the Sociocultural Context In Gambling Decision Making: A Field Study of Casino Blackjack

Samantha Bergmann (Ph.D. 2011)

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Psychology at Montgomery College
Dissertation: Who Wears the Pants?: Family Roles, Gender Role Identity, and Relationship Quality Among Female Co-Parenting Couples

Elise Berman (Ph.D. 2012)

Current Position: Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Dissertation: Children Have Nothing to Hide: Deception, Age, and Avoiding Giving in the Marshall Islands

Ronan Surtida Bernas (Ph.D. 1995)

Current Position: Professor in the  Department of Psychology, Eastern Illinois University
Dissertation: Choosing and Maintaining a Position on a Socio-moral Issue: An Argumentative Reasoning Approach

Rita Biagioli (Ph.D. 2018)

Current Position: Associate Director, Behavioral Insights Initiative, University of Chicago Provost's Office & Harry L. Davis Center for Leadership, Booth School of Business
Dissertation: When Perceiving and Thinking about Reality as Relational Motivates Ritual Behavior: A Study of How Bengali Hindus in the U.S. and in India (Come to) Cognize Gods as Material

Matthew Bird (Ph.D. 2010)

Current Position: Professor at Universidad del Pacifico
Dissertation: The Other Paths: Cultural Economics, Comparative Economic Performance, and the Formation of Capitalist Mentalities in Lima Peru

Mark Blumberg (Ph.D. 1988)

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Current Position: F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Iowa
Dissertation: The Interactions Between Sexual Behavior and Thermoregulation in the Male Rat

Lihanna Borhan (Ph.D. 1998)

Current Position: University of Malaya, Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling
Dissertation: Self-Image of Malaysian Adolescents

Lara Braff (Ph.D. 2010)

Current Position: Cultural Anthropology Professor at Grossmont College
Dissertation: Re/conceiving Personhood: The Localization of Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Mexico City

Rachel Shlomit Brezis (Ph.D. 2011)

Current Position: Research Associate at the Sagol Center for Applied Neuroscience, School of Psychology, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel
Dissertation: Social and Non-Social Memory in Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Nicole Brodsky (Ph.D. 1998)

Current Position: Independent film producer for educational television
Dissertation: Art imitates life imitates art: Evolving themes in the lives and works of creative artists

Jason Bruck (Ph.D. 2013)

Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at Oklahoma State University
Dissertation: New Perspectives on Dolphin Whistles: Evaluating Signal Context, Categorization and Memory

Nancy Burke (Ph.D. 1990)

Current Position: Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University
Dissertation: Freud, time, and the content of philosophy

Nadxieli Toledo Bustamante (Ph.D. 2018)

Current Position: Independent Researcher
Dissertation: Socializing Attention, Emerging Participation and Language Choice: Three Case Studies in Juchitán, Oaxaca, México.

Joseph Calabrese (Ph.D. 2006)

Current Position: Reader of Medical Anthropology at the University College London
Dissertation: Mirror of the Soul: Cultural Psychiatry, Moral Socialization and the Development of the Self in the Native American Church

Julia Cassaniti (Ph.D. 2009)

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Washington State University
Dissertation: Control in a World of Change: Emotion and Morality in a Northern Thai Town

Michael Chladek (Ph.D. 2017)

Current Position: Senior Research Associate, Clinical Outcomes Solution
Dissertation: Making Monks, Making Men: The Role of Buddhist Monasticism in Shaping Northern Thai Identities

Christina (Sung Aie) Choi (Ph.D. 1996)

Current Position: Therapist at The Gottman Institute
Dissertation: The survival strategies of middle-aged women in Korea

In-Soo Choe (Ph.D. 1995)

Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Child Psychology and Education, Sungkyunkwan University
Dissertation: Motivation, Subjective Experience, Family and Academic Achievement in Korean High School Students

Christopher Collins (Ph.D. 2016)

Current Position: Associate Dean for Leadership Development for the Full-Time MBA Program, University of Chicago
Dissertation: Regulatory Focus in the Context of Work: The Social Impact of Promotion Tactics

Sean Coyne (Ph.D. 2017)

Current Position: Tenure Track Assistant Professor at Notre Dame of Maryland University
Dissertation: The Ontogeny of Sexual Maturation: Factors Affecting the Development of Sexual Signal Production, Perception, and Behavior in Adolescent Female Rhesus Macaques

Cindy Dell Clark (Ph.D. 1991)

Current Position: Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice at Rutgers University
Dissertation: The Cultural Psychology of Christmas and Easter-with Special Reference to Children

Lindsey Conklin (Ph.D. 2018)

Current Position: Research Associate at Gehl Institute, New York City
Dissertation: Cartography of Courtship: Space, Community, and Self in Amman, Jordan

Amy Cooper (Ph.D. 2012)

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Saint Louis University
Dissertation: Vital Politics: Medicine and Citizenship in Venezuela

Katherine Charle Corcoran (Ph.D. 1995)

Current Position: Psychologist
Dissertation: Perceptions of self-change in adolescent development from an interpersonal therapeutic perspective

Suzanne Cox (Ph.D. 1994)

Current Position: Beloit College, Department of Psychology
Dissertation: Attachment in Preterm Infants and Their Mothers: Neonatal Risk Status and Maternal Representations

Bianca Dahl (Ph.D. 2009)

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Toronto University
Dissertation: Left Behind? Orphaned Children and the Politics of Kinship, Culture, and Caregiving during Botswana's AIDS Crisis

Elizabeth Davies (Ph.D. 2004)

Current Position: Associate Professor of Psychology at University of St. Francis
Dissertation: Retrospective Reevaluation of Personally Salient Events: A Longitudinal Study

Norma Dávila (Ph.D. 1991)

Current Position:  Director at The Human Factor Consulting Group
Dissertation: Patients' experiences of therapeutic support early in treatment: The effects of current social network, general expectations, and anticipated difficulties on patients' evaluations and response to individual psychotherapy

Eric S. De Vos (Ph.D. 1992)

Current Position: Professor of Psychology, Saginaw Valley State University
Dissertation: Complications of Labor: Newborn Behavioral Correlates, and Prenatal Psychological Mediation

David Scott deBoer (Ph.D. 1999)

Current Position: Associate Director of the Wellness Center, Loyola University Chicago
Dissertation: Vicissitudes of Hope in the Lazarus Effect: Psychological Responses of HIV-Positive Gay Men in the Post Era of HIV and AIDS

Edward Jay Donner (Ph.D. 1989)

Current Position:  Clinical Psychologist at Aandrus Medical Center
Dissertation: The contributions of arousal and mood to health and illness

Daryl Mortensen Dugas (Ph.D. 2013)

Current Position:  Assistant Professor in the Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology, and Foundations at Northern Illinois University
Dissertation: Becoming Adult/Becoming Teacher: Classroom Management as a Site of Tension in Negotiating Emerging Identities

Sarah Sellergren Dunn (Ph.D. 2013)

Current Positions: Executive Director, Suicide Prevention Action Network of Teton Valley, ID

Owner, Sarah Dunn Medical Counseling and Consulting, LLC, Driggs, ID
Dissertation: Living With Increased Risk for Breast and Ovarian Cancer: Do Religion and Spirituality Influence Health Behavior?

Antonie Dvorakova (Ph.D. 2014)

Current Position: Researcher at Palacky University in Olomouc (Czech Republic)
Dissertation: Beyond the “Two Worlds”: Native American Scholars’ Experience

Carol Edwards (Ph.D. 1995)

Current Position:  Project Manager at Southern California Edison Company
Dissertation: The social construction of extraordinary selves: A life span study of creative individuals

Jean Ehrenberg (Ph.D. 1989)

Current Position: Psychologist with the Mediators of Texas
Dissertation: The effect of analytic instructions on young children's ability to solve scientific problems systematically

Christine Nutter El Ouardani (Ph.D. 2013)

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Human Development at California State University Long Beach
Dissertation: Discipline and Development: Negotiating Childhood and Authority in Rural Morocco

Johanne Eliacin (Ph.D. 2011)

Current Position: Post-doctoral resident in Clinical Psychology at Cornell University
Dissertation: An Ethnographic Study of the "Epidemic" of Schizophrenia Among African-Caribbeans in England

Richard Epstein (Ph.D. 2005)

Current Position: Faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University
Dissertation: Beyond the Yellow Door: Outcome and Follow-Up Studies in a Residential Treatment Center

Allison Fasoli (Ph.D. 2013)

Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology at Middlebury College
Dissertation: Moral psychology and the socialization of helping in evangelical Christian families

Elizabeth Fein (Ph.D. 2012)

Current Position: Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, Duquesne University
Dissertation: The Machine Within: An Ethnography of Asperger's syndrome, Biomedicine, and the Paradoxes of Identity and Technology in the Late Modern United States

Brent Finger (Ph.D. 2006)

Current Position: Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at Montana State University, Billings
Dissertation: Exploring the Intergenerational Transmission of Attachment Disorganization

Alan Fiske (Ph.D. 1985)

Current Position: Professor of Anthropology at University of California, Los Angeles
Dissertation: How culture, psychology, and natural selection operate together to shape human sociality

 Linda May Fitzgerald (Ph.D. 1990)

Current Position: Professor in the College of Education at the University of Northern Iowa
Dissertation:  Contributions of home and child care to competence in early childhood

Rebecca Frausel (Ph.D. 2018)

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychology, University of Chicago
Dissertation: Narratives of Personal Experience in Early Parent-Child Interactions: Developmental Trajectories and Relations to Higher-Order Thinking

Heidi Fung (Ph.D. 1994)

Current Position: Professor in the Institute of Ethnology at Academia Sinica, Taipei
Dissertation:  The Socialization of Shame in Young Chinese Children

Susan Gans (Ph.D 1993)

Current Position: Professor in the Department of Psychology at West Chester University
Dissertation:  Individual Differences in Reproductive Behaviors and Physiology in Rats

Lawrence Gianinno (Ph.D. 1999)

Current Position: Research Professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development
Dissertation: Children's understandings of everyday economic practices

 Barbara Elizabeth Glaessner (Ph.D 1994)

Current Position: Oral Historian at Narrative Portraits
Dissertation:  Bilingual Children in School: The Negotiation of Language Use in a First Grade Classroom

Christine Glover (Ph.D. 2003)

Current Position: Instructor of Psychology at McHenry County College
Dissertation: What Women Want: The Role of the Social Environment on Romantic Partner Preferences

Lainie (Ilaina) Goldwert (Ph.D. 2013)

Current Position: Licensed clinical psychologist & Applied psychological anthropologist, in-sync
Dissertation:  Somatic Hope: Practice, Persuasion & the Body-Self in North American Yoga Therapy

David Scott Gortner (Ph.D. 2004)

Current Position: Director of the Doctor of Ministry programs, and Professor of Evangelism and Congregational Leadership at the Virginia Theological Seminary
Dissertation:  Varieties of Young Adult Personal Theologies: Content, formative Influences, and Current Relationships to Everyday Life

Andrew Guest (Ph.D. 2004)

Current Position: Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Portland
Dissertation:  Cultural processes of psychosocial competence and middle childhood: Play, self-esteem, and teamwork in two distinct impoverished communities

Phil Hammack (Ph.D. 2006)

Current Position: Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California Santa Cruz
Dissertation:  The Narrative Stalemate: Conflict, Identity and the Cultural Psychology of Israeli and Palestinian Adolescence

Amir Hampel (Ph.D. 2017)

Current Position: Junior Fellow, Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at the Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China
Dissertation: From Mask to Mirror: Self as Object in Chinese Psychology

Andrew Harlem (Ph.D. 2002)

Current Position: Professor in the Clinical Psychology Program at California Institute of Integral Studies
Dissertation:  The Making of the 'Culturally Competent' Psychologist: A Study of Educational Discourse and Practice

Keshia Harris (Ph.D. 2018)

Current Position: Researcher, Research and Evaluation Division, Youth Development Practice area, American Institutes for Research
Dissertation: "Somos Uma Salada de Fruta": Adolescent Achievement in Utopian Brazilian and Colombian Structures of Opportunity

Eleanor Haspel-Portner (Ph.D. 1971)

Current Position: Private Practice, Clinical Psychologist & Researcher
Dissertation: Sociocultural Factors in the Development of Guilt: Jewish Parents and Children in Chicago

Joel Hektner (Ph.D. 1996)

Current Position: Professor in the Department of Child Development and Family Science at North Dakota State University
Dissertation:  Exploring Optimal Personality Development: A Longitudinal Study of Adolescents

Gretchen Hermes (Ph.D. 2003)

Current Position: Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine
Dissertation:  The Embodiment of Social Isolation: Bio-Behavioral Systems, Pre-Disease Pathways, and Patterns of Aging

Jacob R. Hickman (Ph.D. 2011)

Current Position: Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Brigham Young University
Dissertation:  Morality and Personhood in the Hmong Diaspora: A Person-Centered Ethnography of Migration and Resettlement

Christy Hoffman (Ph.D. 2010)

Current Position: Assistant Professor in Animal Behavior, Conservation and Ecology at Canisius College
Dissertation:  Costs of reproduction among rhesus macaque females on Cayo Santiago

Lisa Hoogstra (Ph.D. 2002)

Current Position: Senior Researcher at the American Institutes for Research
Dissertation: Divergent Paths after High School: Transitions to College and Work

Laura Horton (Ph.D. 2018)

Current Position: Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences, Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago
Dissertation: Conventionalization of Shared Homesign Systems in Guatemala: Social, Lexical and Morphophonological Dimensions

Randall Horton (Ph.D. 2006)

Current Position: Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Seattle University
Dissertation:  Refining Theory and Practice in the Cultural Psychology of Emotion: Tibetan Anger and the Roots of the Modern Tibetan Commitment to Non-Violence

Pinky Hota (Ph.D. 2012)

Current Position: Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Smith College
Dissertation:  Affecting Violence: Development, Religion and Indigeneity in Kandhamal

Lene Arnett Jensen (Ph.D. 1996)

Current Position: Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Clark University
Dissertation: Different Habits, Different Hearts: Orthodoxy and Progressivism in the United States and India

Kamaya M. Jones (Ph.D. 2016)

Current Position: Senior Researcher at Huge Inc.
Dissertation: Teaching 'Neka: An Exploratory Study of Teacher-Student Relationships at One High-Achieving Urban Public School

Eunsun Joo (Ph.D. 1996)

Current Position: Professor in the Department of Psychology at Duksung Women's University in Seoul, Korea
Dissertation: Different Habits, The psychotherapeutic relationship in Korea: Cross-national and internal cultural comparison

Ernst Karel (Ph.D. 2003)

Current Positions: Lecturer on Anthropology, Assistant Director of the Film Study Center, and Lab Manager for the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University
Dissertation: Kerala Sound Electricals: Amplified sound and cultural meaning in South India

Layla Kassem (Ph.D. 2012)

Current Position: Psychologist at Human Genetics
Dissertation: Psychotherapy Between Two Cultures: A Portrait of Psychotherapists in Egypt

David W. Kern (Ph.D. 2015)

Current Position: Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Northeastern Illinois University
Dissertation: Olfactory Function And The Physical, Cognitive, And Social Health Of The Aging Population Of The United States

Michele Koven (Ph.D. 1999)

Current Position: Associate Professor of Communication, Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education, LAS Global Studies and the French European Union Center
Dissertation: French-Portuguese Bilinguals' Enactments of Self In Two Languages

Julia L. Kowalski (Ph.D. 2014)

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame
Dissertation: Claiming Care: Regulating Gendered Violence in Jaipur's Women's Rights Network

Helen LaCrosse Levesque (Ph.D. 1994)

Current Position: Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Criminal Justice, Indiana University at Bloomington
Dissertation: Women's Definitions of Feminity: An Investigation of Social Class Differences

Roger J. R. Levesque (Ph.D. 1990)

Current Position: Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, Indiana University at Bloomington
Dissertation: Adolescents in love: An exploration of adolescent love experiences across and within five sociocultural groups

Lisa Sharon Lombard (Ph.D. 1991)

Current Position:  Clinical Psychologist in her own Practice
Dissertation: Narcissistic consequences of female infertility: Disruption and restoration

Zhiying Ma (Ph.D. 2017)

Current Position:  Postdoctoral Fellowship, Michigan Society of Fellows, University of Michigan
Dissertation: Insanity, Intimacy, and Institution: Governance and Care Under the Mental Health Legal Reform in Contemporary China

Tara Mandalaywala (Ph.D. 2014)

Current Position:  Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst 
Dissertation: Effects of early life experience on infant rhesus macaque cognition and stress physiology

Jocelyn Marrow (Ph.D. 2008)

Current Position: Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University in the Department of Anthropology
Dissertation: Psychiatry, Modernity and Family Values: Clenched Teeth Illness in North India

Julie Mennella (Ph.D. 1988)

Current Position: Research Faculty at Monell Chemical Senses Center

Usha Menon (Ph.D. 1995)

Current Position: Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Culture and Communications at Drexel University
Dissertation:Receiving and giving: Distributivity as the source of women's well being

Joan Miller (Ph.D. 1982)

Current Position: Professor of Psychology and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Psychology at New School for Social Research
Dissertation: Culture and the Development of Social Explanation

Erin Moore (Ph.D. 2016)

Current Position: Columbia University, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, Post-Doc
Dissertation: Translating Girl's Empowerment: Gender, Adolescence, and Transnational NGOs in Urban Uganda

Neely Anne Laurenzo Myers (Ph.D. 2009)

Current Position: Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Southern Methodist University
Dissertation: Culture of Recovery: Schizophrenia, the United states Mental Health Care System, and the American Ethos of the Self-Made Man

Olin E (Gene) Jr. Myers (Ph.D. 1994)

Current Position: Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at Western Washington University
Dissertation: Young Children's Sense of Connection to Animals: The Developmental Basis of an Ecological Self

Jeanne Nakamura (Ph.D. 2002)

Current Position: Associate Professor in the Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences at Claremont Graduate University
Dissertation:  Sustaining Engagement: Continuity and Change into Later Life

Patrick Nicoletti (Ph.D. 2000)

Current Position: Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at St. Joseph's College Connecticut
Dissertation:  The impact of social status on preschoolers' display of direct and ritualized responses to peer conflict

Nancy Nordmann (Ph.D. 1991)

Current Position: Faculty at National Louis University
Dissertation:  An autogenetic approach to interpersonal development

Charles Nuckolls (Ph.D. 1987)

Current Position: Professor of Anthropology, Department Chair, and Director of the India Field School at Brigham Young University

Sean P. Larvie (Ph.D. 1998)

Current Position: UX Researcher with Google
Dissertation: Managing Desire: Sexual, Citizenship and AIDS in the Contemporary Brazilian

Suzanne Pelka (Ph.D. 2005)

Current Position: Therapist, Sexuality Specialist
Dissertation: Lesbian Couples Using In-Vitro Fertilization to Co-Mother: A Cultural Study of Biological Ties

Lara C. Perez-Felkner (Ph.D. 2009)

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Sociology in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Florida State University

Affiliated Faculty member in the Department of Sociology and the Center for Higher Education Research, Teaching, and Innovation (CHERTI) at FSU, and a Research Affiliate of the Joint Centers for Education Research and Population Research Center at NORC at the University of Chicago
Dissertation: Cultivating College Dreams: Social Pathways to Educational Attainment

Nadia Persun (Ph.D. 2006)

Current Position: Licensed Clinical Psychologist at GreenPath Clinic
Dissertation: Choosing Marriage or Cohabitation: Understanding Psychosocial Precedents and Effects on Personal and Relationship Satisfaction

Sarah Van Deusen Phillips (Ph.D. 2008)

Current Position: Lecturer in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Dissertation: When Looking is Listening: Gesture, Multi-Modal Language, and the Socialization of Deaf Children in Castellano-Speaking Families

Susan Ann Pickett (Ph.D. 1990)

Current Position:  Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Illinois-Chicago
Dissertation: Parental burden and a chronically mentally ill offspring's vocational outcome: Exploring the connections

Deborah Leman Pool (Ph.D. 1989)

Current Position:  Vice President of Product Development at Kindermusik International
Dissertation: Thinking about right and wrong: A study of children's and adults' understanding of "moral," "traditional," and "prudential" breaches

Seamus Power (Ph.D. 2017)

Current Position: Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences, University of Chicago
Dissertation: From the elites to the streets: the psychology of democracy and economic inequality

Aarti Pyati (Ph.D. 2004)

Current Position: Associate Director/Training & Multicultural Specialist at Case Western Reserve University, Division of Student Affairs
Dissertation: Going the Cultural Distance: Worldview-relevant counseling at India's Premiere Psychiatric Institute

Xu Qin (Ph.D. 2017)

Current Position: Assistant Professor in the Research Methodology Program of the Department of Psychology in Education, University of Pittsburgh
Dissertation: Causal Mediation Analysis in Multi-Site Trials

Marcela Raffaelli (Ph.D. 1990)

Current Position: Professor in the Department of Human Development & Family Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dissertation: Sibling conflict in early adolescence

Kevin Rathunde (Ph.D. 1989)

Current Position: Professor in the Department of Family And Consumer Studies, University of Utah
Dissertation: Family Context and Optimal Experience in the Development of Talent

Barnaby B. Riedel (Ph.D. 2009)

Current Position: Chief Research Strategist at Riedel Strategy
Dissertation: The Character Conjuncture: Islamic Education and its Social Reproduction in the United States

James Roney (Ph.D. 2002)

Current Position: Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California Santa Barbara
Dissertation: Psychological and Hormonal Responses of Men to Sensory Cues from Women (William Henry Prize)

Shana Fruehan Sandberg (Ph.D. 2010)

Current Position: Research Scientist at the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
Dissertation: Embodying Intimacy: Premarital Romantic Relationships, Sexuality, and Contraceptive Use Among Young Women in Contemporary Tokyo

Shaifali Sandhya (Ph.D. 2002)

Current Position: Director of CARE Family Consultation
Part-Time Lecturer, Department of Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago, Spring 2016
Dissertation: A Study of Hindu Married Couples: The Role of Family Living Arrangements and Gender in Maintaining Happiness and Well-Being

Keith Sawyer (Ph.D. 1994)

Current Position: Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations at the University of North Carolina
Dissertation: The Performance of Pretend Play: Enacting Peer Culture in Conversation

Brian Schiff (Ph.D. 1997)

Current Position: Associate Professor and Department Chair of Psychology at The American University of Paris
Dissertation: Telling Survival and the Holocaust

Jennifer Schmidt (Ph.D. 1998)

Current Position: Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education, Michigan State University
Dissertation: Overcoming Challenges: Exploring the Role of Action, Experience, and Opportunity in Fostering Resilience among Adolescents

Aaron T. Seaman (Ph.D. 2016)

Current Position: Post-Doc at The University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine
Dissertation: Figuring Families: Caregiving in the Midst of Alzheimer's Disease

Nancy L. Segal (Ph.D. 1982)

Current Position: Professor of Psychology, California State University, Fullerton and Director, Twin Studies Center
Dissertation: Cooperation, Competion and Altruism Within Twin Sets: A Reappraisal

Lilah Shapiro (Ph.D. 2012)

Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor at Northwestern University
Dissertation: Driven to Orthodoxy: Jewish Identity and Narratives of Exceptionalism, Essentialism, and the Family in American Jewish Culture as Motivations of "Conversion" to Orthodox Judaism

Benjamin Smith (Ph.D. 2011)

Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Vassar College
Dissertation: Language and the Emergence of Masculine Potency in Peruvian Aymara Boyhood

Amy Sousa (Ph.D. 2011)

Current Position: Senior User Experience Researcher at Microsoft working on Surface
Dissertation: Pragmatic Ethics, Sensible Care: Psychiatry and Schizophrenia in North India

Maria Ann Sullivan (Ph.D. 1990)

Current Position: Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University
Dissertation: The Cultural Meanings of Mental Illness: Depression and Alcoholism Among the Irish

Jill Dianne Swenson (Ph.D. 1989)

Current Position: President of Swenson Book Development
Dissertation: TV news viewers: Making meaning out of Iran Contra

Joseph Tennant (Ph.D. 2015)

Current Position: Research Associate at The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, Cambridge
Dissertation: Harm and Non-Harm Moral Judgments and Justifications in Two American Religious Groups

Margarita Terragona (Ph.D. 1989)

Current Position: Director of PositivaMente
Dissertation: Patients' Experiences of Psychotherapy between Sessions: Their Relationship to Some Input, Process, and Output Variables of Psychotherapy

Gregory Thompson (Ph.D. 2011)

Current Position: Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Brigham Young University
Dissertation: Involving Identity: a study of the effects of identity in-interaction on the involvement of tutees in the tutoring encounter

Ruvanee Pietersz Vilhauer (Ph.D. 2002)

Current Position: Clinical Associate Professor and M.A. Program Coordinator, Psychology Department, New York University
Dissertation: Making the Connection: Psychosocial Wellbeing, Group Psychotherapy and On-line Support Groups for Women with Metastatic Breast Cancer 

Lauren S Wakschlag (Ph.D. 1992)

Current Position: Professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University
Dissertation: Intergenerational Continuities: The Influence of Mother-Grandmother Relationships on Parenting in the African-American Young Mother Families

Janet Walker (Ph.D. 1997)

Current Position: Research Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Portland State University
Dissertation: Manufacturing Reality: Gender, Culture, and the Resolution of Everyday Moral Conflicts

Kim Walters (Ph.D. 2015)

Current Position: Assistant Professor of International Studies at California State University, Long Beach
Dissertation: Our Family Girls: From Sex Work to Sex Trafficking in South India

Ning Wang (Ph.D. 2002)

Current Position: Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Assistant Professor, School of Politics and Global Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Dissertation: The Making of a Market Economy: The Institutional Transformation of a Freshwater Fishery in a Chinese Community

Catherine M. Webb (Ph.D. 1994)

Current Position:  Therapist at Hope Springs Therapy
Dissertation: Recollected early life experience and hardiness

Talia Weiner (Ph.D. 2017)

Current Position:  Transdisciplinary Fellowship in Primary Care Research, Case Western Reserve University
Dissertation: Home of the Blues: The Political Economy of Mood DIsorder, Self-Management in 21st Century Chicago

Jessica Whitham (Ph.D. 2007)

Current Position: Animal Welfare Biologist for the Chicago Zoological Society
Dissertation: The Grunt and Girney Vocalizations of Free-Ranging Female Rhesus Macaques

Judy Wilen (Ph.D. 1986)

Current Positions:  Faculty, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice
Dissertation: Adolescent Adjustment and the Parent-Child Relationship

Maria Wong (Ph.D. 1992)

Current Position: Professor of Experimental Psychology at Idaho Stat University
Dissertation: Autonomy, Quality of Experience, and Academic Performance

Stanton Wortham (Ph.D. 1992)

Current Position: Judy & Howard Berkowitz Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania
Dissertation: Participant Examples and Classroom Interaction