IIIW Lab Graduate Researchers

The research done in the Insights into Infants’ Internal Worlds Lab is often lead by graduate student researchers. Follow the links below to learn more about each graduate student’s research interests, projects, and publications.

Kalli B. Decker, PhD student in Child Development

Research Interests: Parent-child communication; development and relationships of children who are deaf or hard of hearing or have specific language impairments.

Tamesha Harewood, PhD student in Child Development

Research Interests: Professional development of the early childhood workforce; effects of fathering and father characteristics on child development; effects of parenting stress on child development.

Jessica Topor, PhD student in Couple & Family Therapy

Research Interests: Sibling relationships; development and relationships of children with disabilities.

Ashley Karsten, PhD student in Child Development

Research Interests: The development of symbolic behavior in young children: infants’ and toddlers use of gesture, and preschoolers’ narratives.


Chang Su, MA in Child Development

Research Interests: Parenting in different cultures; effects of father involvement on child development; bullying.


Trish Foster, PhD student in Child Development

Research Interests: The effects of self-regulation on children’s academic skills; the development of children’s narrative skills.