HDFS Seminar Series

Human Development & Family Science Research Speaker Series

Wednesdays at 3:15 p.m.

via Zoom, unless otherwise noted

Seminar Schedule





October 4, 2023

Daniel S. Shaw, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh

Translating Developmental Research on Early Problem Behavior to a Tiered Prevention Program for Young Children Living in Poverty

October 25, 2023

Sona Dimidjian, Ph.D.

Professor and Director, Renée Crown Wellness Institute – Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder

Mindfulness-Based Interventions and Maternal Mental Health

November 1, 2023

*in-person: 345 Sandels

Marty Swanbrow Becker, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, Florida State University

Fostering Social Connection to Support College Student Mental Health

December 6, 2023

David Sbarra, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology – University of Arizona College of Science, and Director of the Laboratory for Social Connectedness and Health

Social Relationships and Health: A Twice Told Tale

March 6, 2024

Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology, Ohio State University

Early Relational Health: A Family Systems Perspective

March 27, 2024

Bruce E. Compas, Ph.D.

Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor, Director of Clinical Psychology Training, Psychology & Human Development, Vanderbilt University

Coping and Emotion Regulation: Key Constructs in Understanding and Building Resilience

Dec 8, 2021

Janae Neiderhiser, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Psychology; Department of Psychology; Penn State University

Using multiple strategies and designs to understand genetic and environmental influences on development through the lifespan.

Feb 2, 2022

Kirstin Purves, Ph.D.

Core Analytical Group Co-Director, Anxiety Workgroup, Psychiatric Genomics Consortium

The Role for Genes and the Environment in the Development of Anxiety

April 6, 2022

Koraly Pérez-Edgar, Ph.D.

McCourtney Professor of Child Studies, Professor of Psychology, Associate Director of the Social Science Research Institute; Pennsylvania State University

Capturing Social Attention: Attempts to bring Attention Measures into the Social World

October 5, 2022

Professor Crystal Park

Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.

Spirituality, Meaning and Health

November 2, 2022

Professor Andres De Los Reyes

Department of Psychology, University of Maryland at College Park

When Youth Mental Health Assessments Produce Discrepant Results

November 9, 2022

Associate Professor Julie Bowker

Department of Psychology, University at Buffalo

Understanding Solitude and Social Withdrawal: Developmental Considerations and Individual Differences

November 16, 2022

Professor John (Jack) Hettema & Asst. Prof. Brad Verhulst

Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University

Anxiety Genetics in the Age of Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS) and the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium

January 18, 2023 (in-person in Sandels 345)

Lyndsay Jenkins, Ph.D.

Michael and Jean Shahnasarian Endowed Associate Professor of Counseling and School Psychology, Florida State University

Preventing and Addressing Peer Victimization: Two Approaches

February 22, 2023

Hye Won Chai, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas at Austin Population Research Center and the Center on Aging and Population Sciences

Daily Experiences, Family Relationships, and Health in Later Life: Variations by Age and Gender

March 8, 2023

Lisa Serbin, Ph.D.

Research Chair in Human Development and Professor of Psychology, Centre for Research in Human Development and Department of Psychology, Concordia University

From Social Withdrawal in Childhood to Adult Functioning, Parenting and Inter-generational Risk: Findings from the Concordia Intergenerational Research Project

April 19, 2023

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Ed.D.

Professor of education, psychology, and neuroscience at the University of Southern California

Building meaning builds teens’ brains: Beyond IQ, adolescents’ dispositions to construct transcendent narratives predict their neural development and young adult wellbeing





Jan 9th

Joanna Wu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor; Department of Family and Child Sciences; Florida State University

Modeling Longitudinal Data in Marriage and Family Therapy

Jan 16th

Michele Parker, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors; Department of Family and Child Sciences and College of Social Work; Florida State University

Autism Spectrum Disorder and Complex Healthcare Needs: The Role of Healthcare Experiences

Feb 13th

Damaris Aschwanden, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Researcher; College of Medicine; Florida State University

Personality and Cognition: From Long-Term Development to Short-Term Dynamic Processes in Daily Life

Mar 5th

Sara Hart, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor; Department of Psychology; Florida State University

Using precision education to understand learning differences

Mar 12th

Jim McNulty, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor; Department of Psychology; Florida State University

The Automaticity of Being…in a Close Relationship

Apr 2nd

Monika Ardelt, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology; University of Florida


Apr 9th

Ezgi Toplu Demirtas, Ph.D.

Visiting Scholar; Department of Family and Child Sciences; Florida State University


Apr 23rd

Shannon Montgomery, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Researcher; College of Human Sciences; Florida State University

Health and Social Network Analysis

The Biobehavioral Family Model: An Intentionally Translational Framework


Beatrice Wood, Ph.D., ABPP

Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics & Psychology
Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
University of Buffalo

Thoughts on Full vs. Partial Mediation


Thomas Ledermann, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Family and Child Sciences
Florida State University

Practice to Research and Back: Building Family Interventions in a Service Setting


W. Alex Mason, Ph.D.

Senior Research Director
Courtesy Faculty, Family and Child Sciences
Florida State University


Heidi Gazelle, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Seminar Series Coordinator
  Sandels 324

Human Development and Family Science Department, Main Office
  Sandels 225