Family Studies Graduate Students

Research Interests: Developmental effects and protective factors of early life trauma, especially among young children in foster care. I hope to research parenting interventions, management of externalizing behaviors, and best practices in the implementation of evidence-based interventions for at-risk children.

Hobbies: I love cooking healthy food and participating in workouts like swimming, running, and barre. While I always look forward to visiting family and friends in my home state of Florida, I am enjoying meeting new people in Raleigh and exploring fun places and things to do here!

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.

Research Interests: I have many interests, but perhaps my favorite research topics are how to best support and prevent burn out in staff that provide direct care services to all youth. I have worked with preschoolers in the past looking at the relationship between movement and executive function. I'm also interested in how one's own perception of self influences mental health, and am working on a project that examines the potential link that may exist in HS age students in NC. 

Hobbies: In my free time, I love cooking & exploring all the new restaurants downtown.  I am an avid believer in the mental health benefits of moving my body, so you can find me at a barre class multiple times a week.  My husband and I enjoy traveling, both around NC and beyond and something very unique, I love studying the birds that live every where we adventure to--I have Cornell's ornithology app on my phone!