Program: PhD in Developmental Psychology
Year entered Program: 2021
Research Interests: Parent-child interactions; Socio-cultural context; Early childhood development; Social-Emotional Development; Parental Stress
Principal Advisor(s): Dr. Antje von Suchodoletz & Dr. Selcuk Sirin
Tessa is interested in exploring the mechanisms that contribute to critical early childhood developmental outcomes (e.g., social-emotional and executive function skills). In particular, she plans to examine the relationship between parental stress and the development of reading outcomes in Jordan. An expanded area of this research explores the association between perceived parental self-reports of stress and physiological reports of stress as a potential predictor of children's executive function and social-emotional outcomes. She is also intrigued and hopes to examine further the use of reading to develop social-emotional skills and interpersonal curiosity in others within various cultures.