Social Development and Family Processes

Our Lab

This page lists the participants of the Social Development and Family Processes Research Group in the Department of Psychology, University of Rochester.


Judith SmetanaJudith Smetana
BA, University of California, Berkeley
MS, PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz 

Areas of interest: Social and moral development, including moral reasoning and development; Adolescent development and adolescent-parent relationships in cultural contexts; Parenting and development of parenting beliefs.

Graduate Students

Esther Li

Yuejiao (Esther) Li
BA, University of California, Santa Barbara
PhD Student, University of Rochester
Area of Interest: Adolescent-parent relationships and adolescent information management



Sdu Mncwabe
MA, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Phd Student, University of Rochester

Jess RobinsonJessica Robinson
BA, University of Utah
PhD Student, University of Rochester
Areas of interest: Adolescent autonomy development, adolescent-parent relationships, and how adolescents coordinate and prioritize autonomy with other issues (e.g., relationships)
Yoo HanaHa Na Yoo
BA, Seoul National University
MA, Yonsei University
PhD Student, University of Rochester

Fatma (Betul) Zeyrek
BA, Fatih University
MA, University of East Anglia
PhD Student, University of Rochester


Undergraduate Research Assistants

annaAnna Langer
Psychology Major
Class of 2021
yu jinYu Jin Lee
Psychology Major
Class of 2021
haileyHailey Palleschi
Psychology and Sign Language Double Major
Class of 2020

Recent PhD Graduates

Courtney Ball
Dissertation: Differential Associations among Affective and Cognitive Empathy and Moral Judgments across Middle Childhood
Current Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Dissertation: Moral Judgments and Aggression in Young Children: A Social Domain Approach to Conceptualizing Individual Differences in Early Moral Understanding
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto

Wendy Rote
Dissertation: Children's and Adolescents' Perceptions of Parental Guilt Induction
Current Position:
Assistant Professor, University of South Florida - St. Petersburg

Marina Tasopoulos-Chan
Dissertation: Adolescents' Information Management with Parents and Adjustment: A Study of American Adolescents from European, Chinese and Mexican Background

Myriam Villalobos
Dissertation: When Culture and Autonomy Clash: Puerto Rican Adolescents' Prioritizing of Latino Cultural Values and Autonomy Desires
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Baruch College, CUNY Graduate Center

Jessamy Comer
Dissertation: Associations between Autonomy Beliefs, Psychological Control, and Adolescents' Disclosure about their Everyday Activities
Current Position: Lecturer, Rochester Institute of Technology