Our Team

Lab Director

Amy K. Nuttall is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Michigan State University. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Coloardo at Boulder and her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology with a minor in Quantitative Psychology from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Nuttall's research focuses on understanding how children and families cope with stress in the family system. She studies family relationships and child development in a variety of stress contexts, with a particular emphasis on identifying adaptive processes and resilience. She conducts process-oriented basic research with the goal of informing preventive interventions aimed at supporting positive outcomes for children, siblings, and parents.


Graduate Students

Dr. Nuttall is accepting graduate students for the 2018-2019 academic year. Potential MSU graduate students interested in working Dr. Nuttall are welcome to contact Dr. Nuttall.


Lab Manager

Ben Coberly is a recent graduate from Michigan State University, graduating with a B.S. in Cognitive Neuroscience and a minor in Bioethics, Humanities, and Society from the Lyman Briggs and Honors Colleges. He intends to pursue clinical psychology and, once established, write on the philosophy of psychology and the mind. He is particularly interested in understanding the many dimensions of ASD.


Undergraduate Students 


Natalie Liogas is a senior pursing a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology in the MSU College of Natural Science. After graduation she plans on attending medical school. Natalie is interested in family processes and relationships.


Feeha Hasan is a junior at Michigan State University studying Interdisciplinary Studies and Arabic. After graduating from Michigan State, she is planning on going to medical school and pursuing a career in Internal Medicine. Previously, she worked at the Kumon Math & Reading Center and tutored kids from the ages of 4-15. She enjoys working with  kids of all ages. Feeha is interested in the social aspects of health, particularly caregiving and stress in families.


Patrick Dery is a sophomore at Michigan State University studying Human Biology in the College of Natural Science. After graduating Patrick plans on attending medical school. He hopes to become a psychiatrist and work with children and teens with eating disorders.


Megan Wright is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Michigan State University. Megan won a Summer 2016 College of Social Science Undergraduate Research Award to support her work in the Family Stress Lab. Megan is interested in hardiness, a positive dispositional trait. She will be presenting a poster on hardiness at the 2017 Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) Convention. Megan won a competitive Undergraduate Registration Award from SPSP to support her attendance at SPSP. After graduation she aspires to attend graduate school and begin research in treatments for PTSD. 


Alexa Foote is a senior at Michigan State University studying Psychology with a minor in Health Promotion and Bioethics, Humanities, and Society.  She is interested in all aspects pertaining to autism and child development. Alexa is currently working on her capstone project in the Family Stress Lab. After graduation Alexa plans to attend graduate school studying Applied Behavior Analysis to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.


Keeley Robinson is a senior in the Human Development and Family Studies degree program at Michigan State.  She won a Summer 2016 College of Social Science Undergraduate Research Award to support her work in the Family Stress Lab. After obtaining her bachelor's degree she plans to pursue a master's degree in sociology or social work.  Her goals are to eventually earn a PhD and continue doing research on the family unit and how parenting impacts children's emotional and social regulation. 


Sara Diesel is a senior at MSU pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with a minor in Bioethics, Humanities, and Society. She is interested in clinical work and I/O psychology. Sara has worked with children with ASD as a residential technician. She is interested in positive development and resilience. After graduation, she plans on working towards her PhD to continue research in these fields.