People

Lab Director

Dr. Jordan A. Booker

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Jordan Booker

Dr. Booker received his doctoral degree from the Psychology Department at Virginia Tech in 2015 under the mentorship of Drs. Julie Dunsmore and Thomas Ollendick, and then completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Psychology Department at Emory University under the mentorship of Dr. Robyn Fivush.  Dr. Booker’s research interests include the development of social and emotional competence from late childhood into early adulthood.

He focuses broadly on emotional, personality, and identity development as they inform psychological resilience and social adjustment.


Graduate Students

Mikayla Ell

Mikayla is a first-year graduate student studying Developmental Psychology. She completed her B.A. in Psychology at St. Olaf College in her home state of Minnesota. Her research interests broadly encompass adolescent social and emotional development within the context of families and schools, including parent-adolescent interactions, emotion socialization, and autobiographical reminiscing.  Outside of the lab, she enjoys traveling, cooking, watching sports, and coaching volleyball.

Mikayla Ell

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Lauren Wyatt

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Lauren Wyatt

Lauren is currently a junior working towards a BA in Psychology with minors in Criminology and Women and Gender Studies. After graduating, she aspires to become a licensed clinical social worker once she obtains her Master’s degree. Lauren’s hometown is Kansas City, MO and she enjoys reading, painting, and watching movies in her free time. This is her third year in the Positive Youth Development Lab.