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 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 Osborne is a second year student in the direct-to-PhD track of 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 interests currently focus on parental socialization practices that promote resiliency in ethnic minority populations as they're faced with 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 second-year accelerated docoral 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. 


Yolanda Machado

Yolanda is a doctoral candidate at the School of Social Work. She earned her BSW and MSW from the University of Puerto Rico. Yolanda has 20+ years of experience working with Latino families from a strengths-based and resilience perspective. Her ongoing doctoral dissertation is looking at the lived experiences of Latina immigrants affected by deportations in rural northeast Georgia. Yolanda’s research interest focuses on culturally responsive research and praxis with Latina immigrants, their families and communities. 

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Adele Strother

Adele Strother is a third year undergraduate student at the University of Georgia majoring in Psychology and Communications Studies. Her previous research experience includes working with the Youth Development Institute and the Motivation and Behavior Lab.  She is currently conducting CURO research on the effects of parental sensitivity and gender on language development in Latino populations and will present these results at the 2018 CURO symposium.

SDCD Alumni 


Victoria King

Victoria King is completing her PhD in the department of Human Development and Family Sciences. She has a masters of psychology from Arizona State University and a bachelor of psychology from the University of Arizona.  Victoria's research interests focus on how varying romantic relationship processes affect individual mental and physical health. Specifically, she has an interest in utilizing biomarker research  to predict specific health outcomes within aging, married populations.  Victoria currently works for the Center for Family Research as the ProSAAF Project Coordinator


Chandler Townsend

Chandler Townsend is a second year student at The University of Georgia seeking a Masters degree in Human Development and Family Sciences, with an Emphasis in Child Life. She graduated from Clemson University in May of 2016 with a Bachelors degree in both Psychology and Communication Studies. As she is pursuing a career as a Certified Child Life Specialist, Chandler's passion is for the hospitalized child. She is interested in how pediatric hospitalization effects the trajectory of a child's development, and how social determinants of healthcare play a role in the medical setting for both patients and families.