Dr. Margaret Caughy

Dr. Margaret Caughy’s research combines the unique perspectives of developmental science, epidemiology, and public health in studying the contexts of risk and resilience affecting young children. She is particularly interested in race/ethnic disparities in health and development and how these disparities can be understood within the unique ecological niches of ethnic minority families.

Dr. Caughy has been the principal investigator of several studies focused on how inequities in family and community processes affect the cognitive development, socioemotional functioning, and early academic achievement of young children in diverse race/ethnic groups. Another theme of her research has been methodological, specifically methods related to measuring neighborhood context and the utilization of these measures in models explaining child developmental competence using multilevel and structural equations modeling methods.

Please find Dr. Caughy's Curriculum Vitae here

Meet our Postdoctoral Research Associate -


Dr. Dawn Brinkley

Dr. Brinkley earned her MA and PhD in Psychological Sciences from the University of Texas at Dallas where she served as a Senior Lecturer from 2014 – 2018. Dr. Brinkley’s teaching philosophy is student centered and efficacy focused. Her general research interests include the development of children’s academic skills and parental academic beliefs, such as beliefs in children’s self-efficacy and child preparedness for academic success, particularly among African American families. Other interests include parenting practices and child outcomes such as the role of mobile technology use in adolescents’ social and emotional development.

Her recent work centers on research that enhances the understanding of positive parenting practices and associated child outcomes, particularly among fathers of at-risk and low-income students with the intent of informing policy and intervention efforts aimed at reducing academic achievement disparities between low-income African American children and their majority peers.

Meet our Graduate and Undergraduate Students -  


Ashley Walsdorf

Ashley Walsdorf is a doctoral student in Human Development and Family Science and Marriage and Family Therapy. Her research focuses on the influence of socio-political climate, documentation status, and acculturative stress on Latino, immigrant children and families. She is a bilingual family therapist committed to addressing disparity within local immigrant communities through community work and advocacy.


Kimberly Osborne

Kimberly is currently a second year accelerated doctoral student in the Department of Human Development and Family Science. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach with her B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Child Development and Family Studies. Central to her academic interests are diversity and social justice issues. Her research currently focuses on how ethnic minority parents adapt their socialization strategies to promote resilience among youth in the face of changing and volatile sociopolitical factors.

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Leslie Anderson

Leslie A. Anderson is a doctoral student in the department of Human Development and Family Science and Marriage and Family Therapy. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Tougaloo College and her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern Mississippi. Her current research interests include ethnic-racial socialization processes in African American families and positive racial identity formation in children of this population. Her research is influenced by critical race theory, a firm commitment to social justice and racial empowerment.


Sihong Liu

Sihong is currently a third year accelerated doctoral student in the Human Development & Family Science program at the University of Georgia. Sihong has research interests in the effect of family adversity, stress, and risk on children's development and psychological health, as well as resilience.

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Daisy Gallegos

Daisy Gallegos is a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of Georgia majoring in Psychology and minoring in Human Development and Family Science. Her previous research experience includes working with the Youth Development Institute. She is currently interested in researching the development of youth in Latino populations and the variations between different Latino communities. She plans to graduate in December and pursue a Master’s Degree for the Child Life Specialty.

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Pryce Nwabude

Pryce Nwabude is a fourth year student at the University of Georgia from Roswell, GA. He is double majoring in Biology and Psychology. His research interests include the impact racial identities have on self-identification as well as factors that affect one’s work experience. He has future aspirations of attending medical school with an interest in Psychiatry.

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Destin Mizelle

Destin is a fourth year Psychology major with a minor in African American studies. His research interests include racial socialization, masculinity, and mental health in African Americans. A research topic of special interest to him is investigating how African American youth are socialized to deal with police interactions and why some of these interactions are successful while others turn violent. Destin is currently applying to Ph.D. programs in Clinical Psychology with the long-term goal of becoming a Clinical Psychologist.

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Tiffany Adike

Tiffany Adike is a third year undergraduate student at the University of Georgia majoring in Biology and Psychology. Her research interests include parental socialization and adolescent development. She is interested in pursuing a career as a Clinical Psychologist.

SDCD Graduate Alumni - Where are they now?


Yolanda Machado

Yolanda is a Doctoral Candidate in the School of Social Work at the University of Georgia, currently completing her dissertation.


Dr. Victoria King

Dr. King is Project Coordinator for Protecting Strong African American Families (ProSAAF) at the Center for Family Research in Athens, Georgia.


Chandler Townsend

Chandler is a practicing Child Life Specialist working at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas.

SDCD Undergraduate Alumni