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Introducing the 2021 Student Award Recipients

The Center for Research on Families is committed to supporting family researchers at all stages of their careers and is proud to support student research. Our competitive awards program recognizes outstanding student research from a broad range of disciplines and departments on issues related to families.

Since the Student Family Research Awards program began in 2010, 143 students have received over $415,700 to conduct research and present their research findings at professional meetings and conferences. 

This year's student researchers are addressing family challenges such as immigration policy, ethnic and racial disparities in ADHD assessment and diagnosis, investigate the influence of family language on the development of young children, and investigating barriers that exist within trans parenting and reproduction.



Sungha Kang, PhD Candidate, Clinical Psychology
Research Topic: Ethnic and racial disparities in ADHD assessment and diagnosis
Susan Park, PhD Candidate, Epidemiology
Research Topic: Adverse birth outcomes among at-risk Hispanic women
Monika Roy, PhD Candidate, Environmental Health Sciences
Research Topic: Adverse impacts of exposures to environmental pollutants on development of internal organs
Derek Siegel, PhD Candidate, Sociology
Research Topic: How race, class, and gender shape trans women’s experiences of family formation and parenthood


Sarah McCormick, PhD Candidate, Developmental Psychology
Research Topic: Understanding the neural mechanisms and family processes supporting social-cognitive development in early childhood


UMass Amherst

  • Roselyn Abassah-Manu

  • Marielena Barbieri

  • Jennifer Carroll

City University of New York, Queens College

  • Christin Ginalis

  • Johnny Lopez

  • Patricia Pehme

  • Shantal Taveras

Ohio University

  • Gabrielle DeCastro