B.S., Sociology and Youth Studies, Central Michigan University

Sarah is interested in children’s perceptions of inequality, particularly poverty, and critical consciousness development. She also wants to explore ways to promote empathy among children.

Sarah is still developing her skillset but hopes to become a mixed methods researcher. Her experience here at UNL has so far resulted in familiarity with SPSS as well as in-depth qualitative approaches.

Currently, Sarah is a graduate research assistant for the Nebraska Center on Reflective Practice in the Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children. During her undergraduate studies, she was a research assistant in Dr. Sarah Domoff’s Family Health Lab at Central Michigan University. Sarah gained valuable experience administering quantitative surveys to children and their parents during her time there.

Why CYAF at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

“CYAF was my top choice because of how welcoming the entire department is. With diverse research interests among the faculty in both the chill development and global family concentrations, I also feel supported in whichever direction my research interests evolve. Students and faculty come from a variety of backgrounds, so the interdisciplinary nature of this department is a unique aspect of the program.”

Lab Participation



Othmer Fellowship, 2019-2021

Highlighted Publications & Presentations

  1. Barker, S., & Williams, N. (2020, April). Investigation of the Family Resource Scale in Low-Income Brazilian Families Caring for Young Children with Congenital Zika Virus Syndrome. Accepted for poster session presented at the Child, Youth, Families and Schools Summit on Research in Early Childhood, Lincoln, NE. (Conference cancelled due to COVID-19)
  2. Barker, S., & Domoff, S. (2018, October). The Impact of Perceived Parental Social Support on Adolescent Screen Time. Presented at the McNair Fall Symposium, McNair poster session, and Honors 100 Research Exhibition in Mount Pleasant, MI.