Dr. Patty KuoPrincipal Investigator

Dr. Kuo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies and director of the Nebraska Strong Families lab. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Michigan in 2016. She then worked at the University of Notre Dame from 2016-2019, where she was first a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology and then a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology.

Dr. Kuo has spent over a decade studying fathers & families and is most well-known for her research on hormone changes that accompany father-child interactions. Her program of research is aimed at understanding the development and maintenance of healthy individuals and relationships within families. She has presented her findings all over the world and her work has appeared in national and international news outlets. Dr. Kuo draws inspiration for her research from across social science fields and enjoys designing studies to ask big-picture questions about family & child development.

Email: pkuo2@unl.edu

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Amanda DeweyUndergraduate Research Assistant

This is Amanda's first year involved in research. She is a senior in the Communication Sciences and Disorders major. She is hoping to go on to become a Speech Language Pathologist that works with kids in a pediatric rehab setting.





Sav HollyUndergraduate Research Assistant

Sav is a Sophomore double majoring in Psychology and Communication Studies. Sav plans on continuing their eduction, after earning their bachelors, and working towards a PhD in school psychology. They joined the Nebraska Strong Families lab in hopes of getting experience and learning first hand what research entails. Sav also hopes to work with children and young adults in the future.





Amy HrubyHonors Thesis & UCARE Fellow

Amy is a junior Communication Sciences and Disorders student at UNL. She is interested in pursuing research in grad school, specifically focused in developmental disorders in early childhood as a Speech-Language Pathologist. As a UCARE student, Amy is mentored by Dr. Kuo. In the Nebraska Strong Families Lab, she is gaining valuable experience learning about child development in a research environment with her targeted age group.

Email: areisher2@huskers.unl.edu





Marielena MorenoUndergraduate Research Assistant Specialist & Lead Video Editor

Marielena is a senior majoring in Child, Youth, and Family Studies and Sociology at UNL. She hopes to work with children in the future and help them with their cognitive development. Marielena is interested in continuing to work in research to personally learn what works best when interacting with children. She plans on developing her career and knowledge skills under the guidance of Dr. Kuo to be a better professional in her future field.





Mona MillerUCARE Fellow

Mona is a Sophomore Child, Youth, and Family Studies and Communication Studies major on the Pre-Law track. She is interested in pursuing Law school, focusing on Family or Juvenile law. Mona's work includes coding GoPro footage and joining in helping her coworkers in lab visits.





Aknur OrazovaGraduate Research Assistant

Aknur is a Fulbright Scholar from Turkmenistan and Master’s Student in Child Development and Early Childhood Education. Aknur’s academic interests include the social, emotional, and cognitive domains of child development. More specifically, Aknur is interested in the impact of parents on children’s behavior, social skills, emotional boundaries, and level of educational achievement.





Laura Perez-VillagomezUndergraduate Research Assistant Specialist

Laura is a senior double majoring in Psychology & Sociology with minors in Child, Youth, & Family Studies, Spanish, and Criminology & Criminal Justice. Upon graduation, she is interested in either taking a gap year and going to grad school for psychology or working with nonprofits, specifically related to mental health or trauma. Within the Nebraska Strong Families Lab, Laura's work includes coding and editing videos for various studies and helping in parent-child visits.





Jasmin SmithGraduate Assistant

Jasmin is a Ph.D. candidate in Child Development/Early Childhood Education. She received her B.A. in Psychology from North Carolina A&T State University. Jasmin has researched preschoolers’ fruit and vegetable preferences, preschooler’s dietary intake, and children’s reading comprehension in relation to their cognitive flexibility. She has also conducted child assessments and assessed the social and physical environment at preschools. Jasmin’s research interests include children’s overall development, childhood obesity prevention, and children and family’s emotion expression especially during mealtimes. Working in the Nebraska Strong Families Lab, Jasmin is acquiring valuable skills working with families and knowledge on healthy family functioning.





Lab Alumni & Where They Are Now

Victoria Johnson, Graduate Assistant, 2019-2020.
    Victoria is a lecturer at UNL.
Alayna Wilson, Research Assistant, 2020.
    Alayna is a Master's student in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Kansas.
Grace Dunbar, Lead Video Intern, 2020-2021.
    Grace is a Media Production Intern at Hurrdat Media.
Aislynn Manley, Research Assistant Specialist, 2021-2022.
    Aislynn is a Clinical Research Coordinator at Boston Children's Hospital.
Hannah Howatt, Research Assistant Specialist, 2021-2022.
    Hannah is a Doctor of Occupational Therapy student at Creighton University.
Emma Luthans, Research Assistant Specialist, 2021-2022.
    Emma is a AmeriCorps Team Member.