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 Managers

Ben Coberly graduated from MSU 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.

 

 

Sara Diesel graduated from MSU with a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Bioethics, Humanities, and Society in 2017. She is interested in clinical work and I/O psychology and plans on working towards her PhD to continue research in these fields. Sara has worked with children with ASD as a residential technician. She is interested in positive development and resilience and completed a capstone project reviewing the literature on positive adjustment outcomes among siblings of individuals with ASD.

 

Undergraduate Students 

 

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 Provost's Undergraduate Research Initiative Award to support her work in the Family Stress Lab. She presented a poster on hardiness, a positive dispositional trait, at the 2017 Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) Convention. Megan won a competitive Undergraduate Registration Award from SPSP and a travel fund award from the College of Social Science to support her attendance at SPSP. After graduation she aspires to attend graduate school and begin research in treatments for PTSD. 

 

Lab Alumni  

Alexa Foote graduated from MSU in 2017. Alexa majored in Psychology with a minor in Health Promotion and Bioethics, Humanities, and Society.  Alexa completed a capstone project reviewing the literature on supportive interventions for parents and children with ASD. Alexa is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis at MSU and intends to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. As part of her training, she is currently working with young children with Autism as a Behavior Technician at the the Early Learning Institute.

 

Keeley Robinson graduated from MSU in 2017 with a degree in Sociology.  She won a Summer 2016 College of Social Science Provost's Undergraduate Research Initiative Award to support her work in the Family Stress Lab and a University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) poster award presenting her work on siblings' caregiving experiences. She is a Family Case Manager for the Indiana Department of Child Services. She plans to pursue graduate training in Public Policy.

 

 

Natalie Liogas graduated from MSU in 2017 with a B.S. degree in Physiology from the MSU College of Natural Science. She plans on attending medical school.