College of Education and Human Development

Family Social Science

Current Graduate Students

Aalaa Alshareef

Aalaa Alshareef
Pronouns: she, her
PhD, Couple and Family Therapy | alsha085@umn.edu

Research interests:

Families and health | Intrapersonal and intrapsychic dynamics of families who are dealing with chronic health conditions

Kay Burningham
Pronouns: they, them, she, her
PhD, Couple and Family Therapy | burni015@umn.edu

Research interests:

Family relationships | Sexuality, gender, and religion

Connor Callahan
Pronouns: he, him
PhD, Couple and Family Therapy | calla236@umn.edu

Research interests:

Sexual and gender identity development in sexual and gender minority (SGM) youth | Developing systemic interventions to support the health and well-being of SGM youth and their families

Kenzi Callaway
MA/PhD, Family Science | calla487@umn.edu

Research interests:

Intervention and prevention for LGBTQ families and youth

Athena Chan
Pronouns: she, her
PhD, Family Science | chan1850@umn.edu

Research interests:

intergenerational relationships | Family dynamics | Family resilience

Bosco Cheng
Pronouns: he, him, his
PhD, Family Science | cheng539@umn.edu

Research interests:

The relationship between mental health and the well-being of couple and family relationships in populations affected by traumatic stressors

Zamzam Dini
Pronouns: she, her
PhD, Couple and Family Therapy | dini0008@umn.edu

Research interests:

Working with immigrant and refugee populations in relation to trauma | The mental health of immigrant/refugee populations who have experienced war, migration, and familial separation | Interfaith couples with a Muslim partner and identifying unique factors that impact Muslim couples

Nusroon Fatiha
Pronouns: she, her
MA, Prevention Science | fatih001@umn.edu

Research interests:

Parent child relationships | Family health | Behavioral health | Disease prevention | Health intervention

Shauna Fenske
Pronouns: she, her
PhD, Couple and Family Therapy | fensk049@umn.edu

Research interests:

Relational Health | Couples | Decision-making | Spirituality

Aditi Gupta
Pronouns: she, her
MA/PhD| gupta592@umn.edu

Research interests:

Military Families | Prevention and intervention studies

Erin Guyette
Pronouns: she, her
PhD, Couple and Family Therapy | guyet007@umn.edu

Research interests:

Families in transition such as divorce or separation | Improving a family’s separation process and involving more mental health professionals in the family court system

Malina Her
Pronouns: she, her
PhD, Family Science | her00122@umn.edu

Research interests:

Cultural socialization and ethnic identity | Parenting

Seonghee Hong
PhD, Family Science | hongx178@umn.edu

Research interests:

Parenting philosophy | Parent-child relationships | Parent education | Parent development and adult learning

Lila Khan
Pronouns: she, her
MA/PhD, Family Science | khan0696@umn.edu

Research interests:

Diversity in families | disability in families | socioeconomic disparities in families

Rebecca Leaf
PhD, Family Science | leaf0053@umn.edu

Research interests:

Parent-adolescent relationships | Adolescent siblings

Samantha LeBouef
Pronouns: she, her
PhD, Family Science | lebou006@umn.edu

Research interests:

Family relationships and technology | Emerging adults | First-generation college students

Alex Lessard
Pronouns: she, her
MA/PhD, Family Science | lessa030@umn.edu

Research interests:

Family-focused interventions for at-risk and justice-involved youth | Prevention programming for at-risk youth | Adolescent substance use

Lijun Li
Pronouns: she, her
PhD, Family Science | lixx5619@umn.edu

Research interests:

Parenting and developmental psychopathology

Yiting Li
Pronouns: she, her, hers
MA/PhD, Family Science | lixx3514@umn.edu

Research interests:

Financial management | Financial stress | Family culture | Family business | Intimate relationships

Current CV


Nancy Lo
PhD, Family Science | loxxx078@umn.edu

Research interests:

Acculturation | Cultural identity development | Multiracial/generational immigrant families

Alyssa Maples
Pronouns: she, her, hers
PhD, Couple and Family Therapy | mapl0009@umn.edu

Research interests:

How meaningful relationships and attachment support self-esteem, exploration, and other areas of development in emerging adults | Mentorship interacting with academic and mental health well-being, pro-social interactions and belonging during college

Doneila McIntosh
Pronouns: she, her
PhD, Couple and Family Therapy | jacks413@umn.edu

Research interests:

African American Families/Communities | Thanatology (Ambiguous Loss, Disenfranchised Grief) | Health Disparities | Spirituality

Quin Morrow
Pronouns: they, them, theirs
PhD, Family Science | morro214@umn.edu

Research interests:

LGBT health and resiliency

Kadija Mussa
| mussa007@umn.edu

Research interests:

Sloan Okrey Anderson

Sloan Okrey Anderson
Pronouns: they, them, theirs, themself
PhD, Family Science | and05516@umn.edu

Research interests:

LGBT emerging adults and Christianity

Miguel Quinones
Pronouns: he, him
PhD, Family Science | quino038@umn.edu

Research interests:

Latino family well-being | How Latino families’ socioeconomic situations affect their financial practices

Roun Said
Pronouns: she, her
PhD, Family Science | rsaid@umn.edu

Research interests:

Intergenerational trauma | Parenting | Refugee/immigrant families

Pubudu Senaratne
Pronouns: she, her
MA/PhD, Family Science | senar018@umn.edu

Research interests:

Inter-generational trauma among immigrant families affected by torture

Jessica Simpson
Pronouns: she, her
PhD, Couple and Family Therapy | simps537@umn.edu

Research interests:

American Indian families impacted by trauma (e.g. separation, foster care, adoption) | Factors that contribute to the alleviation of trauma symptoms following family separation | Stress theories and risk and protective factors that help explain why some American Indian families report fewer trauma symptoms

Soy Song
| songx282@umn.edu

Research interests:

Olivia Tomfohrde
Pronouns: she, her
PhD, Family Science | tomfo016@umn.edu

Research interests:

Trauma in children | Children in the foster care system | Interventions for trauma in children

Kathy Vasquez
Pronouns: she, her, hers
PhD, Family Science | vasqu257@umn.edu

Research interests:

Experiences and trajectories of marginalized student populations | Resiliency and persistence in underserved college student groups

Guanyu Wang
Pronouns: she, her, hers
PhD, Couple and Family Therapy | wan00523@umn.edu

Research interests:

Cultural and contextual impact on family dynamics and parenting | Children's emotional and social development | Father-child relationships | Women's mental health | Mindfulness and acceptance-based intervention

Reo Wang
Pronouns: she, her
PhD, Family Science | wan00313@umn.edu

Research interests:

Adolescent moral development | How young people make moral judgments about both prototypical and ambivalent homophobic behaviors and languages

Anne Williams-Wengerd
Pronouns: she, her, hers
PhD, Family Science | will5381@umn.edu

Research interests:

Impact of family, community, and society on mental health | Mental health professional perspectives in the treatment of serious mental illness

Cahya Yunizar
Pronouns: she, her
PhD, Family Science | yuniz001@umn.edu

Research interests:

Cross-culture research on family dynamics and values | Community-based interventions to promote family well-being in a multicultural context