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 Spencer Bonadeo with your current information. You may also view the complete list of past dissertations and alumni since 1989.


Sami Abuhamdeh

Where is he now

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

Karen Hunt Ahmed

Where is she now

DePaul University, College of Commerce
Dissertation: The "Business" of Culture: Morality and Practice in Islamic Finance

Jacqueline Allen

Dissertation: From "Stinkin" Thinkin'" to "Easy Does It": Narratives of Enculturation and Psychological Transformation in Alcoholics Anonymous

Michael Axelman

Where is he now

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

Where is she now

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

Deanna Barenboim

Where is she now

Dissertation: Belonging Out of Place: Navigating ‘Illegality’ and Indigeneity in Migrant Maya California

Naomi (Bartz) McCormick

Where is she now

Portland State University, B.A. Psychology
Dissertation: "Nothing for Us Without Us:" Local Political Responses to City-Led Strategies of Neighbourhood Revitalization

Erin (Fitzpatrick) Behnke

Clinical Psychologist
Dissertation: The mental estate: An exploration of mentalization, trauma, risk, and resilience

Les Beldo

Where is he now

Master’s thesis: Atheism & Orthodoxy: An Analysis of Moral Reasoning in the American Culture Wars

Will Bennis

Where is he now

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

Where is she now

University of Texas at Austin, B.A. Humanities, Psychology

Dissertation: Who Wears the Pants?: Family Roles, Gender Role Identity, and Relationship Quality Among Female Co-Parenting Couples

Elise Berman

Where is she now

Assistant Professor, 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

Where is he now

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

Matthew Bird

Where is he now

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

Mark Blumberg

Where is he now

University of Iowa, Department of Psychology
Research: Interactions between sex and thermoregulation in the male rat

Lihanna Borhan

Where is she now

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

Lara Braff

Where is she now

Dissertation: Re/conceiving Personhood: The Localization of Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Mexico City

Rachel S. Brezis

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture and Neuroscience, Foundation for Psychocultural Research, UCLA
Dissertation: Social and Non-Social Memory in Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Nicole Brodsky

Where is she now

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

Jason Bruck

Where is he now

Dissertation: New Perspectives on Dolphin Whistles: Evaluating Signal Context, Categorization and Memory

Susan Bullivant

Dissertation: Perception of emotion in faces: mood, personality, menstrual cycle phase and breastfeeding chemosignals

Joseph Calabrese

Where is he now

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

Where is she now

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

In Su Choi

Where is he now

Sungkyunkwan University, Department of Psychology
Dissertation: Motivation, Subjective Experience, Family and Academic Achievement in Korean High School Students

Cindy Dell Clark

Where is she now

Penn State University, Human Development and Family Studies
Dissertation: The Cultural Psychology of Christmas and Easter-with Special Reference to Children

Amy E. Cooper

Where is she now

Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Muhlenberg College
Dissertation: Vital Politics: Medicine and Citizenship in Venezuela

Suzanne Cox

Where is she now

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

Bianca Dahl

Where is she now

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

Where is she now

University of St. Francis
Dissertation: Retrospective Reevaluation of Personally Salient Events: A Longitudinal Study

John Davy

Where is he now

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A. Linguistics and Anthropology
Research: Intimate relationships; gender and development; psychotherapy and clinical psychology; Christianity in North America

Eric S. De Vos

Where is he now

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

David Scott DeBoer

Where is he now

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

Daryl Mortensen Dugas

Where is he now

Dissertation: Becoming Adult/Becoming Teacher: Classroom Management as a Site of Tension in Negotiating Emerging Identities

Sarah Sellergren Dunn

Where is she now

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

Dissertation: Beyond the "Two-Worlds" Conundrum: Native American Scholars' Experience

Christine Nutter El Ouardani

Dissertation: Discipline and Development: Negotiating Childhood and Authority in Rural Morocco

Johanne Eliacin

Where is she now

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

Where is he now

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

Allison Fasoli

Where is she now

Dissertation: Moral psychology and the socialization of helping in evangelical Christian families

Elizabeth Fein

Where is she now

Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at 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 Stateswebsite

Brent Finger

Where is he now

Postdoctoral Associate, SUNY Buffalo
Dissertation: Exploring the Intergenerational Transmission of Attachment Disorganization

Alan Fiske

Where is he now

UCLA, Department of Anthropology
Research: How culture, psychology, and natural selection operate together to shape human sociality

Guy Christopher Fricano

University of Chicago
Dissertation: Max Weber's theory of Charisma and the Catholic Charismatic Renewal: An examination of fit leading to a proposed complementariness with Mircea Eliade's Phenomenology of Religion

Heidi Fung

Where is she now

Academia Sinica, Taipei, Institute of Ethnology
Dissertation: The Socialization of Shame in Young Chinese Children
Research: Self construction through narrative practices

Holly Furdyna

Where is she now

UCLA's Center for Culture and Health
Dissertation: Parential Behavioral Control in Response to Neighborhood Adversity: Positive and Negative Effects on Adolescent Rick Behavior, Peer Relationships, and Emotional Wellbeing

Susan Gans

Where is she now

West Chester University, Department of Psychology
Research: LH and lordosis: Sources of individual differences

Lawrence Gianinno

Where is he now

Child Development Department, Tufts University
Dissertation: Children's understandings of everyday economic practices

Christine L. Glover

Where is she now

McHenry County College
Dissertation: What Women Want: The Role of the Social Environment on Romantic Partner Preferences

Lainie (Ilaina) Goldwert

Where is she now

Dissertation: Somatic Hope: Practice, Persuasion & the Body-Self in North American Yoga Therapy

David Scott Gortner

Where is he now

Virginia Theological Seminary
Dissertation: Varieties of Young Adult Personal Theologies: Content, formative Influences, and Current Relationships to Everyday Life

Jim Goss

Research Consultant, UX Product Development Group LLC
Dissertation: Speech-gesture Mismatches and Dynamic Coordination I Schizophrenia

Andrew Guest

Where is he now

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

Phil Hammack

Where is he now

University of California Santa Cruz, Department of Psychology
Dissertation: The Narrative Stalemate: Conflict, Identity and the Cultural Psychology of Israeli and Palestinian Adolescence

Andrew Harlem

Where is he now

California Institute of Integral Studies, Clinical Psychology Program
Dissertation: The Making of the 'Culturally Competent' Psychologist: A Study of Educational Discourse and Practice

Joel Hektner

Where is he now

North Dakota State University, Department of Child Development and Family Science
Dissertation: Exploring Optimal Personality Development: A Longitudinal Study of Adolescents

Gretchen Hermes

Where is she now

Yale, Department of Psychiatry
Dissertation: The Embodiment of Social Isolation: Bio-Behavioral Systems, Pre-Disease Pathways, and Patterns of Aging

Jacob R. Hickman

Where is he now

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

Christy Hoffman

Where is she now

Assistant Professor, Canisius College
Dissertation: Costs of reproduction among rhesus macaque females on Cayo Santiago

Christina Honde

Dissertation: The Relation of Atypical Maternal Behavior ("Disruptive Communication") to Maternal Risk Factors and Infant Attachment

Randall Horton

Where is he now

Department of Psychology, Seattle University, Department of Psychology
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

Where is she now

Assistant Professor, Smith College
Dissertation: Affecting Violence: Development, Religion and Indigeneity in Kandhamal

Ryoko Imai

User Researcher, Hitachi Instruments Corporation Inc.
Charity begins abroad: Considerations of when to give, when not to give, and who is worthy

Jason Ingersoll

China Specialist Ethnographer, consultant
Dissertation: Depression, Subjectivity, and the Embodiment of Suffering in Urban Reform China

Annette Iskra

Xavier University of Louisiana
Dissertation: Nobody Wins: Psychological Effects of War and Repatriation in Croatia

Katherine Jenness

Dissertation: The Collapsing Self: Psychoanalysis in American Life, 1946 to the Present

Lene Arnett Jensen

Where is she now

Clark University, Department of Psychology
Dissertation: Different Habits, Different Hearts: Orthodoxy and Progressivism in the United States and India

Eunsun Joo

Where is she now

Duksung Women's University in Seoul, Korea, Department of Psychology
Dissertation: The psychotherapeutic relationship in Korea: Cross-national and internal cultural comparison

Craig Joseph

Templeton Foundation
Dissertation: The Virtues as a Cultural Domain: a Study of Arabic-Speaking Muslims

Ernst Karel

Where is he now

Harvard University, Department of Anthropology, Film Study Center
Dissertation: Kerala Sound Electricals: Amplified sound and cultural meaning in South India

Layla Kassem

Where is she now

Research Associate, NIH
Dissertation: Psychotherapy Between Two Cultures: A Portrait of Psychotherapists in Egypt

Michael B. Kaufman

Research:The effect of family experience and personality in late adolescence on outcomes in career, family, and general well-being in late midlife

Leann Helka Kinnunen

Dissertation: Evidence Concerning the Etiology of Sexual Orientation in Human Males: Differential Effects of Fluoxetine on Cerebral Glucose Metabolism of Exclusively Homosexual and Exclusively Heterosexual Men

Michele Koven

Where is she now

University of Illinois, Department of Speech Communication
Dissertation: French-Portuguese Bilinguals' Enactments of Self In Two Languages

Julia L. Kowalski

Where is she now

Dissertation: Claiming Care: Regulating Gendered Violence in Jaipur's Women's Rights Network

Hallie Kushner

Dissertation: Substance Users and the Psychiatric Role of the Emergency Department

John Lucy

Where is he now

University of Chicago, Committee on Human Development
Research: Comparative and developmental perspectives on language and thought

Yoon Lee

Dissertation: Examination of 12-month-old infant coping behavior: A longitudinal study of relations, among parenting behavior, infant coping behavior, and infant problem behavior

Tara Mandalaywala

Dissertation: Exploring the consequences of early social experience on stress-physiology and social negativity bias in rhesus macaques

Jocelyn Marrow

Where is she now

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

Julie Mennella

Where is she now

Monell Chemical Senses Center
Research: Social control of infanticidal behavior in rats

Usha Menon

Where is she now

Drexel University, Department of Culture and Communications
Dissertation: Receiving and giving: Distributivity as the source of women's well being

Joan Miller

Where is she now

New School University, Department of Psychology
Research: Cultural influences on social cognition and social development

Judith Marsha Mintz

Dissertation: The Social Construction of Self-esteem: Narrative Discourse Practices among Parents and Preschool Children in a Middle-class European-American Community

Jeff Mosenkis

Dissertation:Understanding the Bamboo Ceiling: Culture and East Asian Barriers to U.S. Workplace Promotion

Neely Anne Laurenzo Myers

Where is she now

Professorial Lecturer in Anthropology, Research Instructor in International Affairs, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, George Washington 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

Where is he now

Western Washington University, Department of Environmental Studies
Dissertation: Young Children's Sense of Connection to Animals: The Developmental Basis of an Ecological Self

Jeanne Nakamura

Where is she now

Claremont Graduate University, Quality of Life Research Center
Dissertation: Sustaining Engagement: Continuity and Change into Later Life

Patrick Nicoletti

Where is he now

St. Joseph's College Connecticut, Department of Human Development and Family Studies
Dissertation: The impact of social status on preschoolers' display of direct and ritualized responses to peer conflict

Douglas Novotny

Dissertation: The Interpersonal Significance of Conflicting Messages in Couple Communication: An Examination of Relational Patterns Among Adolescent African-American Expectant Parents in Chicago

Charles Nuckolls

Where is he now

University of Alabama, Department of Anthropology
Research: Psychology anthropology; a study of divination and concepts of suffering in a fishing village in India

Sevda Numanbayraktaroglu

Dissertation: Language, Self and Context: Sociohistorical Constitution and Interactional Actualization of the Self through Discourse Genres; The case of Turkish Heteroglossia

Suzanne Pelka

Where is she now

UCLA Center for Society and Genetics. Postdoctoral Fellow.
Dissertation: Lesbian Couples Using In-Vitro Fertilization to Co-Mother: A Cultural Study of Biological Ties

Lara C. Perez-Felkner

Where is she now

Assistant Professor of Higher Education and (by courtesy) Sociology
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Florida State University
Dissertation: Cultivating College Dreams: Social Pathways to Educational Attainment

Nadia Persun

Where is she now

Dissertation: Choosing Marriage or Cohabitation: Understanding Psychosocial Precedents and Effects on Personal and Relationship Satisfaction

Sarah Van Deusen Phillips

Where is she now

Project Coordinator for Human Rights, Center for Research Libraries - Global Resources Network
Dissertation: When Looking is Listening: Gesture, Multi-Modal Language, and the Socialization of Deaf Children in Castellano-Speaking Families

Aarti Pyati

Where is she now

Case Western Reserve University, Counselor
Dissertation: Going the Cultural Distance: Worldview-relevant counseling at India's Premiere Psychiatric Institute

Jill Reichman

Dissertation: The Relationship of Acculturation and Folk Medical Beliefs in Recently Emigrated Mexican Nationals

Teófilo L. Reyes

University of Michigan, B.A. Economics, Russian
Research: Comparative biopsychology of affiliative and cooperative behavior

Jerome Richardson

Where is he now

Deputy Director Department of Performance Management at Illinois Department of Public Health
Dissertation: Maternal Teaching Strategies: Their Impact beyond the Task Being Taught

Barnaby B. Riedel

Where is he now

Senior Research & Planning Associate - Strategy consultant
Dissertation: The Character Conjuncture: Islamic Education and its Social Reproduction in the United States

James Roney

Where is he now

University of California Santa Barbara Department of Psychology
Dissertation: Psychological and Hormonal Responses of Men to Sensory Cues from Women (William Henry Prize)

Shana Fruehan Sandberg

Where is she now

Research Writer, Workforce Studies, AAMC
Dissertation: Embodying Intimacy: Premarital Romantic Relationships, Sexuality, and Contraceptive Use Among Young Women in Contemporary Tokyo

Shaifali Sandhya

Where is she now

Alder School of Professional Psychology
Dissertation: A Study of Hindu Married Couples: The Role of Family Living Arrangements and Gender in Maintaining Happiness and Well-Being

Keith Sawyer

Where is he now

Washington University, Department of Education
Dissertation: The Performance of Pretend Play: Enacting Peer Culture in Conversation

Brian Schiff

Where is he now

American University of Paris, Department of Psychology
Dissertation: Telling Survival and the Holocaust

Lilah Shapiro

Where is she now

Visiting Assistant Professor, 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

Where is he now

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

David Paul Smith

Clinical practice in Chicago
Dissertation: Patterns of religion experience among psychotherapists and their relation to therapeutic orientation

Kerri Smith

Molecular Biology Group at the Coriell Institute for Medical Research
Research: Paternal kinship and social interactions among female yellow baboons

Stephanie Buttacavoli Sosa

Research Scientist II, Psychiatry, Columbia/New York State Psychiatric Institute
Dissertation: Emotion Display Rules and Well-Being in Small Town Yucatan: How Adaptive Emotion Response Alternatives Vary By Cultural Context

Amy Sousa

Managing Consultant and Senior Research Analyst at The Hartman Group
Dissertation: Pragmatic Ethics, Sensible Care: Psychiatry and Schizophrenia in North India

Kathy Stern

Clinical Trials Research at Abbott labs
Research: Pheromonal effects on human menstrual cycle

Brigitta Stolpe

Currently in a 10 year project documenting the cultural changes among tribal Kenyan villagers resulting from expansion of the national highway system, funded by the World Fund.
Dissertation: Cultural endocrinology: Menarch, Modernity and the Transformative Powers of Social Reconfigurations

Margarita Tarragona

Universidad Iberoamericanas Tijuana
Research: In search of family therapists: Who are they and what do they do?

Gregory Thompson

Where is he now

Visiting Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University
Dissertation: Involving Identity: a study of the effects of identity in-interaction on the involvement of tutees in the tutoring encounter

Ning Wang

Where is he now

Arizona State University, School of Global Studies
Dissertation: The Making of a Market Economy: The Institutional Transformation of a Freshwater Fishery in a Chinese Community

Jessica Whitham

Dissertation: The Grunt and Girney Vocalizations of Free-Ranging Female Rhesus Macaques

Jay M. Williams

Dissertation: Cultural Performance: The Personal and Collective Negotiation of Ethnic Identity through Powwow and Taiko Drumming in Chicago

Stanton Wortham

Where is he now

University of Pennsylvania, School of Education
Dissertation: Participant Examples and Classroom Interaction

Wenping Xue

Dissertation: Meaning in transmission: A case study of the psychological consequences of globalized consumption in China

Jason Yee

Postdoctoral Fellow, Brain-Body Center, University of Illinois at Chicago
Dissertation: Health and Sociality: Exploring Bidirectional Relationships Between Behavior and Physiology from a Systems Perspective