Strong applicants to the SEA Lab are passionate about one or more research areas in the lab, have a strong academic record, typically have completed prior coursework in Psychology, and have usually gained at least one year of research experience in psychology or a related field, ideally including post-baccalaureate experience and/or independent research experience (for example, through a senior thesis, poster presentations, publication experience).
I am particularly interested in recruiting students focused on the following research areas: gender socialization and gendered ideologies, social and other digital media, positive youth development (e.g., mental well-being), social connection and peer relationships, sexual behavior, marginalized adolescent populations, advanced quantitative analyses, and both longitudinal and experimental methods. Admitted students will (if interested) be affiliated with the Winston National Center on Technology Use, Brain, and Psychological Development. Applicants applying to the lab must have a core interest in adolescent development; I intend to accept a student interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology. Those interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Social Psychology, or Quantitative Psychology may be considered if adolescent developmental processes are a core focus of their interests and they intend to seek formal joint mentorship with an advisor in one of these other disciplines.
My holistic review process will include reviewing personal statements, letters of recommendation, CVs, transcripts, and other submitted materials. You may decide to discuss in your personal statement and/or ask your letter-writers to discuss on your behalf any structural barriers or unique circumstances you have experienced on your academic and career journey (e.g., first-generation status, structural and interpersonal stigma related to marginalized identities).
Although I am the primary person reviewing the applications that list me as a potential mentor, the ultimate decision about whom to invite for official interview visits (and final admissions decisions) is made collectively by faculty in the specific graduate programs.