The Lives of Girls and Boys Enterprise

People

Executive Directors

Richard Fabes

Dee & John Whiteman Distinguished Professor
rfabes@asu.edu

 

Laura Hanish

Associate Professor
Laura.Hanish@asu.edu

 

Carol Martin

Cowden Distinguished Professor
Carol.Martin@asu.edu

 

Kimberly Updegraff

Cowden Distinguished Professor
Kimberly.Updegraff@asu.edu

Current Team Members


Tashia Abry

Tashia Abry is an Assistant Research Professor and a faculty lead on the Kindergarten Project. Tashia's research focuses on the development of the teacher and child in the classroom ecology. Specifically, she is interested in classroom structures and processes including teaching practices, interactions, configurations, and interventions that promote the development of the whole child, and understanding the mechanisms underlying these associations.

Naomi Andrews

Naomi Andrews is a Graduate Research Associate on the CARE and Intersect Projects. She is currently a doctoral student in Family and Human Development. Her research interests include peer group processes and the social structure of peer groups and peer networks, particularly in relation to aggression, victimization, social networks, and gender differences in children and adolescents.

Cammy Bellis

Cammy Bellis is a Development Support staff member on the Sanford Harmony Program. Her research interests include teacher professional development related to relationships and gender, and gender inclusive schools through a gender-complex lens. Cammy comes from a teaching background, with both secondary and post-secondary teaching, and has trained a wide range of audiences from pre-service teachers to school psychologists and administration.

Crystal Bryce

Crystal I. Bryce is a Graduate Research Assistant on the Kindergarten Project. She is currently a doctoral student in Family and Human Development. Her research interests include early childhood education, education policy, academic success, and factors that influence children's academic performance and engagement in school.

Scott Christopher

Scott Christopher is a Professor and Director of Undergraduate Student Affairs in the T.Denny Sanford School of Family and Social Dynamics. Within the LIVES initiatives, he is a principal investigator on the Lives of Teens Project. Dr. Christopher's research seeks to answer the question, "What influences the development of romantic relationships, especially in its initial stages?" He has two current research focusses: The formative relational experiences of young adolescents, and the effects of "Red Flags" or cues of possible relational problems in initial interactions on relationship development. His previous research has examined the intersection of relationships and sexuality, as well as relationships and different types of interpersonal violence. Dr. Christopher is also Director of Undergraduate Student Affairs in the Sanford School.

Sarah Colton

Sarah Colton is a Research Staff member on the Sanford Harmony Program. Her research interests include gender differences in peer relationships and the effect it has on academic achievement.

Rachel Cook

Rachel is a Graduate Research Associate working on the Sanford Harmony Project and on the CARE project.

Mary Anne Duggan

Mary Anne Duggan is an Assistant Research Professor and Internship Director in the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and has 17 years of experience as a school teacher in Arizona, where she taught in the Balsz and Scottsdale School Districts. The majority of her teaching experience is in kindergarten and K/1 multiage classrooms, and she is the former owner of a private preschool. She also served as a staff developer, new teacher induction specialist, cognitive/instructional coach, university-school program liaison, college clinical faculty member, and research project director. Her research interests include motivation of teachers as learners, school relationships and classroom communities, positive learning environments, and kindergarten as a unique context of schooling.

Dawn England

Dawn England is a Graduate Research Associate on the CARE Projects. She is currently a doctoral student in Family and Human Development. Her research interests involve how gendered attitudes and beliefs impact children's peer relationships in elementary and middle school. Her current work examines the consequences of gender atypicality (such as tomboyism) on peer relationships and social adjustment.

Richard Fabes

Richard Fabes is a Professor and Director of the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics. He is one of the Executive Directors of the Lives of Boys and Girls Initiatives and one of the Principal Directors of the Sanford Harmony Program. His research interests include children's adaptation to school, peer relationships, emotional development, and gender and adjustment. His current research projects include a large intervention project designed to promote positive relationships between boys and girls and the student of gender development and relationships.

Ryan Field

Ryan Field is a Graduate Research Assistant on the Sanford Harmony Program. He is currently a doctoral student in Family and Human Development. His research interests are in peer interactions and relationships. His current work has been examining the consequences of same-gender peer preference/gender segregation, such as a lack of confidence towards interacting with other-gender peers in situations where these encounters are inevitable (e.g., school).

Stacie Foster

Stacie Foster is an Assistant Research Professor and Project Manager for the Sanford Harmony Program and LIVES initiatives. Her research interests include young children's social and emotional development.

Larissa Gaias

Larissa Gaias is a Graduate Research Associate on the Kindergarten Project. She is currently a doctoral student in Family and Human Development. Her research interests include cultural and individual differences in learning, and the ways in which these differences are addressed in the classroom, affecting students' socio-emotional outcomes and academic achievement.

Diana Gall

Diana is Graduate Research Associate working on the Sanford Harmony Project.

Annie Gallagher

Annie is a Graduate Research Associate working on the Sanford Harmony Project and on the CARE project.

Cory Gassner

Cory Gassner is a Research Staff member on the Sanford Harmony Program. His research interests include the development of gender stereotyped knowledge in children, digital education technologies, and school based interventions.

Kristen Granger

Kristen Granger is a Graduate Research Assistant on Project TEACH. She is currently a doctoral student in Family and Human Development. Her research interests are in early childhood education, teaching practices, and peer relationships. Her current work has been examining variations among teachers in their classroom management strategies and how teacher's attitudes and beliefs may influence classroom practices.

Laura Hanish

Laura Hanish: Ph.D., is a Professor in the T.Denny School of Social and Family Dynamics. She is one of the Executive Directors of the Lives of Boys and Girls Initiatives and one of the Principal Directors of the Sanford Harmony Program. Dr. Hanish's research seeks to answer the question, "How do we teach girls and boys to build harmonious peer relationships that are free from harassment and bullying?" Currently, her research focuses on the peer relationships of girls and boys in schools, with emphases on aggression and bullying, relationship structures and qualities, gender, and the impact of this on school success. She takes an applied approach by translating knowledge for use by schools, teachers, and families.

Eric Hedberg

Eric is a Professor in the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics. He provides quantitative and methodological expertise to the Sanford Harmony Project.

Zareen Islam

Zareen Islam is a Research Staff member with the Sanford Harmony Program and the Kindergarten Project. Her research interests include regulatory and social abilities in children as well as academic success.

Manuela Jimenez Herrera

Manuela is a Postdoctoral Fellow working on teacher training and teacher professional development.

John Keeney

John is Business Manager for the Connect Center associated with the Sanford Harmony Project.

Shawn Kirkilewski-Flora

Shawn is a Research Staff member working on teacher training and teacher professional development.

Sabina Low

Sabina Low is an Assistant Research Professor in the T.Denny Sanford School of Social Dynamics and a Principal Investigator on the Lives of Teens Project. Her research seeks to understand the role of social dynamics in the origin and maintenance of interpersonal aggression across the life-course. To this end, her work has involved basic, translational and intervention studies to identify healthy social dynamics and optimize these through school and family-based interventions. The framework most consistently guiding her work integrates social-developmental and social-ecological approaches, so as to understand how various social systems (e.g., peers, siblings, parents) influence youth differently across development.

Carol Martin

Carol Martin is a Professor in the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics. She is one of the Executive Directors of the Lives and Girls and Boys Initiative and one of the Principal Directors of the Sanford Harmony Program. Carol Martin's research interests include gender development in children, development of gender identity and stereotypes in children, gender and peer relationships, and the role of gender and sex segregation in school adjustment and functioning. Interests also include assessment of peer networks and the influence of those networks. Under the Lives Initiatives, Dr. Martin is one of the principal investigators on the CARE Project, designed to better understand children's beliefs and attitudes about peers, and is a team member on the Catalyst Project, designed to explore how boys and girls work together to solve science problems, and a team member on the the Lives of Teens project, designed to understand early adolescent romantic relationships.

Cindy Miller

Cindy Faith Miller is an Assistant Research Professor in the T.Denny School of Social and Family Dynamics and one of the Program Developers and Evaluators of the Sanford Harmony Program. Dr. Miller's research interests focus on the role of gendered cognitions in children's behavior and relationships. Central to her work is understanding the development of and consequences associated with gender stereotype knowledge. A second important theme has been the development of and implementation of school-based interventions to promote positive peer relationships and prevent stereotyping and negative intergroup attitudes in children. Dr. Miller received her Ph.D. in School Psychology from New York University and is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist.

Shawna Petersen

Shawna Petersen is a Graduate Research Assistant on the Sanford Harmony Program. She is currently a doctoral student in Family and Human Development. Her research interests include prosocial development and intervention research.

Frank Poulsen

Frank Poulsen is a Graduate Research Assistant on the Lives of Teens Project. He is currently a Doctoral Student in Family and Human Development. His primary research focuses on adolescent and emerging adult romantic relationship development, and how different romantic relationship developmental pathways are related to social outcomes and personal well-being for individuals. He is also interested in maintenance of these relationships as they progress in duration and seriousness, and what factors may be related to this progression.

Adam Rogers

Adam Rogers is Graduate Research Assistant on the Lives of Teens Project. He is currently a doctoral student in Family and Human Development. His research interests include boys' perceptions of masculinity and gender typicality in adolescence and emerging adulthood. He is especially interested in how these perceptions impact development, as well as how boys interact with and relate to girls.

Elle Santley

Elle is a Research Staff member on the Sanford Harmony Program. Her research interests include gender and stereotypes.

Michelle Taylor

Michelle is a Postdoctoral Fellow working on teacher training and teacher professional development.

Elizabeth Tollis

Elizabeth is a Research Staff member working on teacher training and teacher professional development.

Kimberly Updegraff

Kimberly Updegraff is a Professor in the T.Denny School of Social and Family Dynamics and one of the Principal Directors of the Sanford Harmony Program and a team member on the Lives of Teens Project. Dr. Updegraff's research interests focus on the role of family and peer relationships (i.e., mothers, fathers, siblings, and close friends) in youth development from early adolescence to young adulthood. Central to her work is understanding the role of gender in adolescents' lives, including the different experiences of girls and boys growing up in families and the roles that mothers versus fathers assume. A second important theme has been the role of culture, particularly Mexican culture, in the lives of adolescents and their families. Dr. Updegraff is the Driector of Graduate Student Affairs in The Sanford School.

Former Team Members

Ashley Bustamante
Matthew DiDonato
Flora Farago
Ashley Firth Indorf
Priscilla Goble
Olena Kopystynska
Olga Kornienko
Sarah McKenney
Chelsea Raymer
Kristina Zosuls

Prospective Students

Trainees are mentored and supported. Training occurs via a layered mentorship model, in which more senior individuals mentor more junior individuals. All members of the research team mentor others as appropriate. In addition, trainees are encouraged to take advantage of the excellent coursework opportunities in both methodological and substantive topics offered at ASU.

Graduate Students: See https://thesanfordschool.asu.edu/degree-programs/graduate-programs for information on applying to our doctoral program.

Undergraduate Students: Contact Dr. Stacie Foster, Lives Project Director, for information about current openings.

Community Team Members

Our team includes numerous teachers, administrators, schools, families, and students. Community team members are located in the local Phoenix area as well as across the US. Community team members serve in advisory capacities, participate in research projects, engage in conversations and collaborations around issues related to gender, relationships, and schooling, partner with us in the implementation of programs, and benefit from resources and opportunities.

Prospective community team members should contact Dr. Stacie Foster, Lives Project Director, for information and to discuss opportunities.