Family Studies Graduate Students

Hometown: Louisville, KY


B.A. in Psychology, 2011; B.S. in Human Development Family Studies, 2012, The University of Alabama;

M.S. in Psychology, 2014, North Carolina State University

Program Entry: Fall 2012

Research Interests: Through my research I seek to understand and promote the resilience of underserved families, especially those with histories of maltreatment, and decrease the gaps among research, practice and policy.

Thesis: Internal Working Models of Physically Abused Children and Their Student-Teacher Relationships

Dissertation: The Effectiveness of Triple P for Families Experiencing Homelessness


Haskett, M.E., & Armstrong, J.M. (in press). The experience of family homelessness. In E. Jouriles (Ed.), APA Handbook of Contemporary Family Psychology.

Haskett, M.E., Armstrong, J.M., Carruthers, S., Aldianto, K. (2017). Perceptions of Triple P-Positive Parenting Program Seminars among Parents Experiencing Homelessness. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Haskett, M.E., Okoniewski, K.C., Armstrong, J.M., Galanti, S., Lowder, E., Loehman, J., & Lanier, P.J. (2017). Feasibility, acceptability, and effects of a peer support group to prevent child maltreatment among parents experiencing homelessness. Children and Youth Services Review, 73, 187-196. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.12.012

Armstrong, J.M., Haskett, M.E., & Hawkins, A. (2017). The student-teacher relationship quality of abused children. Psychology in the Schools, 54, 142-151. doi: 10.1002/pits.21989

Haskett, M.E., Armstrong, J. M., & Tisdale, J. (2015). The developmental status of young children experiencing homelessness. Journal of Early Childhood Education, 44, 119-125. DOI 10.1007/s10643-015-0691-8.

Fellowships, Honors and Awards

  • Excellence in Mentorship Award presented by North Carolina State University Graduate Student Association Committee on Teaching Effectiveness, Spring 2017
  • John Oliver Cook Dissertation Fellowship through North Carolina State University Psychology Department, Spring 2017
  • Doris Duke Promotion of Child Well-Being Fellowship through Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, Cohort Five, Fall 2015-Spring 2017
  • North Carolina State University Suniti-Anand Gupta Scholarship to Support Graduate Student Research, Spring 2015

Selected Presentations:

Armstrong, J.M., & Haskett, M. E. (2016, October). Triple P seminars in shelters: High satisfaction among parents. In M. E. Haskett (Chair), Parenting interventions to reduce risk of child welfare involvement among families experiencing homelessness. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth. Orlando, FL

Haskett, M. E. & Armstrong, J. M. (2016, October). Links among youth homelessness, victimization, and mental health functioning. In J. Willard (Chair), Youth Risk Behavior Survey: Using school-based self-reporting to understand youth who experience homelessness. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth. Orlando, FL

DeCandia, C., & Armstrong, J.M. (2016, May). The intersection of research and policy for families without homes. Annual Spring Webinar for Doris Duke Fellows.

Armstrong, J.M., & Haskett, M.E. (2016, March). Evaluating Triple P for families experiencing homelessness: Potential mediators and moderators. Oral Presentation at the Spring Meeting of Doris Duke Fellows, Durham, NC.

Armstrong, J.M., & Haskett, M.E. (2015, November). Opportunities and challenges in promoting positive parenting in the context of family homelessness. Oral presentation at the Social Learning and the Family Preconference for the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Chicago, IL.

Armstrong, J.M., Loehman, J., & Haskett, M. E. (2014, August). The developmental and mental health status of young children experiencing homelessness. In M.E. (Chair) Promoting the well-being of children and parents who are experiencing homelessness. Symposium Presented at the 122nd annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Armstrong, J.M., & Haskett, M.E. (2014, April). Internal working models of physically abused children and their student-teacher relationships. Poster Presentation at the annual North Carolina Psychological Association Conference, Greensboro, NC.

Haskett, M. E., & Armstrong, J. M. (2013, November). Supporting the parenting of mothers experiencing homelessness: Results of the CATCH project. Invited presentation at the annual conference at the People’s Emergency Center, Philadelphia, PA.

Armstrong, J. M., Racz, L., Rowell, K., Metz, A., & Haskett, M. E. (2013, October). The developmental status of young children who are homeless. Poster presentation at the annual North Carolina School Psychology Association Conference, Cary, NC.

Hobbies: I am an avid fan of anything related to The University of Alabama, Roll Tide! I enjoy coaching summer league swimming, running and yoga.

Hometown:  Midlothian, VA

Education:  B.S. Biology and Psychology (2014) - James Madison University

Program Entry:  Fall 2016

Research Interests:  I am interested in a wide variety of topics related to child maltreatment prevention, interventions for at-risk youth, and the resiliency of children in foster care.


  • Wallace, M.M., Harris, J.A., Brubaker, D.Q., Klotz, C.A., & Gabriele, M.L. (2016). Graded and discontinuous EphA-ephrinB expression patterns in the developing auditory brainstem. Hearing Research. 335:64-75.


  • Klotz, C.A., Wallace, M.M., Harris, J.A., Gabriele, M.L. (2013). Countergradients and modular expression patterns of Eph-ephrin signaling proteins in the developing auditory brainstem.  Poster presented at the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, Baltimore, MD.
  • Wallace, M.M., Klotz, C.A., Harris, J.A., Gabriele, M.L. (2012). Complementary expression of ephrin-Bs and their role in inferior collicular development.  Poster presented at the Society for Neuroscience, New Orleans, LA.
  • Klotz, C.A., Harris, J.A., Wallace, M.M., Gabriele, M.L. (2012). X-Gal staining of lacZ ephrin-B2 and ephrin-B3 mutant mice in the auditory midbrain prior to hearing onset. Poster presented at the Central Virginia of the Society for Neuroscience, Richmond, VA.

Hobbies & Interests:   I love reading, kayaking, hiking, and visiting Cape Cod. I enjoy spending time with my yellow lab and coaching cheerleading.

Hometown:  Asheville, NC

Education:  B.A. Psychology, B.A. Sociology (2011) – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D. Candidate – Campbell University School of Law

Program Entry:  Fall 2013

Research Interests:  Educational policy, protection of low-income children in education, children's self-regulation of emotion and behavior, parenting behavior, adjustment and attachment of adopted children, cultural differences in parenting behavior

Thesis Topic:  Cumulative Risk Theory and School Performance of Early Elementary Private Domestic, Foster Care, and International Adoptees


  • Leonard, A. E., Schaefer, & L. S., Haskett, M. E. (2013). The McKinney-Vento Act: Relevance for the practice of school psychology. Poster presented at the North Carolina School Psychology Association conference, Cary, NC.
  • Banks, E. R., Brookins, Craig C., & Leonard, A. E. (2014). IMSD program at NC State: Promoting a sense of community among undergraduate research scholars. Poster presented at the Understanding Interventions that Broaden Participation in Research Careers conference, Baltimore, MD.
  • Haskett, M. E., & Leonard, A. E. (2014). Confronting family and community violence: The intersection of law and psychology. Presented at the APA-ABA National Conference, Washington, DC.


  • (In Progress): Banks, E.R., Leonard, A.E., & Robinson, D. (2014). Evaluating factors contributing to the academic and research success of underrepresented minority students at a research-intensive university. Submitted to Innovative Higher Education.


  • iREAD: Women of Color in the Academy, North Carolina State University Diversity Mini-Grant Award. Key Personnel: Bank, E.R., Brown, L., Leonard, A.E.

Professional Goals:  I am currently pursuing my PhD in School Psychology as well as my law degree from Campbell University School of Law. I hope to be able to combine these two areas and my ultimate career goal is to work in educational policy, specifically as an advocate for groups such as low-income children, homeless children, and adopted children.

Personal Life/Hobbies:  Outside of school, I love exploring new yoga studios in Raleigh as well as other fun fitness classes such as Zumba and kickboxing. I also enjoy college football and basketball (and have recently become a baseball fan because I couldn’t stand the downtime!) and enjoy any opportunity to spend the day at a game. I was born and raised a Tar Heel, but I’ll happily cheer on any North Carolina team, as long as it’s not Duke. My other loves include pink lemonade, Trader Joe’s, pretty much every animal that crosses my path (proud mama of two fur babies– Franklin & Bash), and anything that has to do with Christmas.

Program Entry: Fall 2014


B.A. in Psychology 2009—Hobart and William Smith Colleges

            Honor’s Thesis: The Kindergarten Literacy Initiative Project

M.Ed in School Psychology 2012—University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Master’s Project: Selective Mutism: Assessment, Intervention, and the School Psychologist

Research Interests

I am interested in early development of children birth to five experiencing multiple risk factors such as preterm birth, early medical diagnosis, experiences of maltreatment, and homelessness. Along with this I am interested in parenting interventions that support child development and work against child maltreatment. 

Thesis Equivalency: A Quasi-Experimental Evaluation of Circle of Parents for Parents Experiencing Homelessness    

Dissertation: The Developmental Status of Children Birth to 5 Experiencing Homelessness: A Cumulative Risk Model

Publications & Presentations

Okoniewski, K.C., & Haskett, M.E. (2015). Circle of parents: Implementation of a mutual self-help parent support program in shelters. Baby Steps, Spring/Summer 2015, 6-7.

Okoniewski, K.C., Haskett, M.E., Loehman, J., Gregory, S.D., & Tisdale, J. (2014, November). Circle of parents: Implementation of a mutual self-help support program in shelters for parents experiencing homelessness. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Infant Mental Health Association. Greensboro, NC.

Okoniewski, K.C., Leonard, A.E., & Haskett, M.E. (2014, October). Community action targeting children who are homeless (CATCH): A public initiative supporting the mental health of children experiencing homelessness. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the North Carolina School Psychology Association. Asheville, NC. 

Kingery, J.N., Erdley, C.A., & Marshall, K.C. (2011). Peer acceptance and friendship as predictors of psychosocial and academic adjustment across the transition to middle school. Merrill Palmer Quarterly, 57(3), 215-243.

Kingery, J.N., Marshall, K.C., Wells, S., Connell, A., Gerling, J., McCarthy, N., & Dinan, A. (2011, March). The role of the home literacy environment in predicting kindergarteners’ literacy skills: A community-based research collaboration. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Canada. 

Kovac, M. & Marshall, K.C. (2010, October). A case study of student and teacher perceptions of bullying. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the North Carolina School Psychology Association, Asheville, NC.

Kingery, J.N., Erdley, C.A., Marshall, K.C., Whitaker, K. & Reuter, T.R. (2010). Peer experiences of anxious and socially withdrawn youth: An integrative review of the developmental and clinical literature. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 13, 91-128.

Marshall, K.C., Kingery, J.N., & Erdley, C.A. (2009, March). The impact of number of feeder elementary schools on adolescents’ psychosocial and academic adjustment to middle school. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.

Kingery, J.N., Marshall, K.C., & Erdley, C.A. (2009, March). The relation of pre-transition adolescent loneliness to psychosocial and academic functioning at the beginning of middle school. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.

Clinical Experience

I worked for two years as a full-time preschool and elementary level school psychologist. Upon returning to complete my doctorate at NCSU I have received training experiences in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Special Infant Care Clinic at WakeMed hospitals, with children and families experiencing autism at the TEACCH Center in Chapel Hill, and the Embrace Therapeutic Educational Program in Durham, NC, supporting the needs of families experiencing homelessness with Project CATCH at the Salvation Army in Raleigh, and as a project coordinator for Project LAUNCH implementing a behavioral health model in a private pediatric practice. The combination of experiences afforded to me at NCSU have lead to me to obtain an internship at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities and the Neonatal Critical Care Center at UNC Hospitals for the 2016-2017 academic year.


I love to travel, read, and make memories with my family and friends. I have a dog named Blue who is my favorite distraction!

Hometown: Durham, NC


B.A. in Psychology, 2012, The University of North Carolina Wilmington; 

M.S. In Psychology, 2016, North Carolina State University

Program Entry: Fall 2013

Research Interests

My research interests include interventions for children with emotional and behavioral disorders. In particular, I am interested in early interventions and prevention efforts that promote healthy social and emotional development among young children at risk for developing future emotional and behavioral disorders.

ThesisThe Construct Validity of a Standardized Behavior Report Card

Hobbies: I enjoy doing yoga, reading, and going for walks with my dog.