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Assistant Professor
Family Studies
2055 JFSB
801-422-0077
wikle@byu.edu
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Assistant Professor
Marriage and Family Therapy
273 TLRB
(801) 422-0785
Quintin_Hunt@byu.edu
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Research Interests:

Dr. Gibby's research considers the intersection of gender, family, and child well-being. A main goal of her work is to build upon established family theories by adding a much-needed gender component. She has accomplished this through research in several areas, including adolescent well-being, parents’ fertility preferences, and the consequences of such fertility preferences in domestic and international contexts.
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Dr. Yorgason's scholarship focuses on health/illness in marriage (e.g., couples and diabetes), family gerontology (e.g., grandparent/grandchild relationships), and longitudinal and dyadic data analysis. He is the Principal Investigator for the CREATE project which is a nationally representative study of over 2,000 young married couples, and how they navigate minor and major transitions.
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Research Interests:

A social development focus that encompasses the following themes:
· Aggression, victimization, and prosocial behavior in peer and family (marital, parent-child) interactions
· Psychosocial correlates of aggressive behavior and social status among peers
· Cross-cultural similarities and differences in family environment and children’s social development
· Social cognition (social information-processing patterns and biases)
· Gender differences in behavior and social-cognitive mechanisms
· Sexual and gender identity issues
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Dr. Willoughby's research generally focuses on how adolescents, young adults, and adults move toward and form long-term committed relationships, focusing on young adult development, couples dynamics, marriage, cohabitation, marital beliefs, and sexuality. Dr. Willoughby is also currently the Director of the RELATE Institute. RELATE Institute is a non-profit organization with the specific tasks of developing research and outreach tools that can be used directly with the public and that can be used to gather information about relationships.
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Alyssa is interested generally in rehabilitation from trauma symptoms. Contextually, her effort generally focuses on understanding relational processes related to mass trauma experiences. Alyssa is interested in studying families affected by disaster and is currently working with students to gather and synthesize all of the research literature available on families and natural disasters from the last 20 years. We will work to identify gaps in the research literature and design studies to fill them.
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Dr. Walker's primary research interests focus on parenting and media influences during adolescence and young adulthood. She studies how these socialization sources impact adolescents' prosocial and moral development. Dr. Walker also is part of the Healthy Sexuality Project and explores the role of parenting on the development of healthy sexuality in children and adolescents.
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Research Interests:

Couples and health; medical family therapy; MFT outcome process, and emotionally focused couples therapy.
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Research Interests:

Family dynamics underlying adolescents' development of competence and psychopathology; Gender development/socialization and implications for adolescents' psychosocial and academic adjustment; Longitudinal methodologies.
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Dr. Reschke is interested in the development of social cognition and emotion understanding in infancy, and more particularly in infants' emotion attributions, false-belief understanding, imitation/emulation, and false-emotion attributions. He uses a multi-method approach, including non-verbal measures, behavioral paradigms, violation-of-expectation paradigms, and eye-tracking. He is also interested in the role of context in emotion perception, especially as it pertains to how facial expressions of emotion are categorized and visually processed. Dr. Reschke is the principal investigator of the CEC ( cec.byu.edu), a research lab located on BYU campus.
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Dr. Porter's research interests include the socialization of behavioral and psychophysiological components of young children's individual characteristics (temperament, emotionality) with particular interest on linkages to individual differences in emerging neural control on children's heart rate variability (i.e., cardiac vagal tone). Additional interests include familial and individual factors influencing the formation of early childhood attachment systems and familial and individual factors influencing the transition to parenting and the emergence of parenting belief systems (self-efficacy).
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Dr. Nelson studies factors that lead to flourishing or floundering in the transition to adulthood with a particular interest in parenting, social competence, social withdrawal, identity, beliefs, and culture. He also studies factors (e.g., parenting, culture, self-perceptions) related to children's social development with an emphasis in shy and withdrawn behaviors in early childhood.
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Dr. Miller’s research interests include examining the process of effective couple therapy, MFT research methodology, marriage and health, marital relationships over the life course, and Chinese families.
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Dr. Leavitt studies variables that create healthier relationships. She examines how being aware and present during sex is associated with relational and sexual satisfaction. Dr. Leavitt also studies how the sexual experience of women may differ from men.
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Examining the relationship between physical exercise, improves sleep, and reduced stress on marital and family therapy outcomes; emotional regulation process in clinical couples and families; and the therapy alliance.
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Direct and indirect sibling influences on adolescents' and young adults' development, including sibling modeling and deidentification, differential treatment and parental favoritism.
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