Family Studies Graduate Students

Hometown:  Louisville, KY

Education:  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:  I am interested in a wide variety of topics relating to young children’s social-emotional development, parenting and maltreatment prevention.

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


  • Armstrong, J.M., Loehman, J., & Haskett, M. E. (2014). The Developmental Status of Young Children Experiencing Homelessness. Oral Presentation at the Annual American Psychological Association Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Armstrong, J.M., & Haskett, M.E. (2014). Internal Working Models of Physically Abused Children and Their Student-Teacher Relationships. Poster Presentation at The North Carolina Psychological Association Spring Conference, Greensboro, NC.
  • Haskett, M. E., & Armstrong, J. M. (2013). Young Children Experiencing Homelessness. Oral presentation at People’s Emergency Center, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Armstrong, J. M., Racz, L., Rowell, K., Metz, A., & Haskett, M. A. (2013). The developmental status of young children who are homeless. Poster presentation of North Carolina School Psychology Association Fall Conference, Cary, NC.
  • Racz, L., Matthews, E., Armstrong, J. M., & Haskett, M. A. (2013). The prevalence of social-emotional concerns in children who are homeless. Oral presentation at Carolinas Psychology Conference, Raleigh, NC.
  • Edwards, M., Racz, L., Armstrong, J.M., Rapp, N., & Haskett, M. A. (2013). The language ability of 3-year-old children who are homeless. Poster presentation at The North Carolina Psychological Association Spring Conference, Raleigh, NC.
  • Armstrong, J. M. & Scofield, J. (2011) Preschoolers ability to distinguish between lying and ignorance. Poster presentation at The University of Alabama Undergraduate Research Conference, Tuscaloosa, AL.

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.