Consulting Editors of the Year

Based on both the quality and quantity of reviews contributed the following individuals have been selected as Consulting Editors of the Year by the Editor and Associate Editors of the Journal of Family Psychology®. Selecting these individuals is always a challenging process, as so many members of our Consulting Editorial Board provide us with numerous high quality and helpful reviews.

2013 Consulting Editors of the Year

Melissa Sturge-Apple is the Wilmot Assistant Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Rochester. Her research broadly focuses on children's adaptation within family relationships with an emphasis on understanding how differences in children's success of achieving security and safety in family contexts may inform pathways between family experiences and children's neurobiological and psychological functioning. In addition, her work examines contextual-cognitive influences on parenting behaviors. Finally, she is also interested in advancing methodological applications for family research including both assessment techniques as well as quantitative methods for capturing family processes.

Melissa A. Barnett earned her PhD in developmental psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently an assistant professor of family studies and human development in the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Arizona. Her research considers the processes by which individual, family and contextual characteristics interact to influence parenting, coparenting, grandparenting, and ultimately early childhood development. She is particularly interested in identifying culturally and ecologically-specific processes that support child and parental well-being in economically-disadvantaged and ethnic minority communities.

Melissa Curran completed her doctoral and postdoctoral work at The University of Texas at Austin. She has been a faculty member at the University of Arizona since 2006. Her research is guided by theory, including attachment, interdependence, symbolic interactionism, family systems, and commitment. Initially, her focus was specific to attachment representations and marital quality during the transition to parenthood. Next, her focus expanded to include interpersonal topics including relational sacrifices and commitment, and the study of cohabitors. She bridged these aforementioned areas with a focus on examining the transition to parenthood for pregnant, unmarried, cohabitors. She also continues to study relational sacrifices and commitment, as well as beliefs about relationships and marriage. Finally, she collaborates with colleagues on studies specific to cancer (i.e., experiences of "co-survivors," and health experiences for women diagnosed with breast cancer as predicted from relationship characteristics) as well as finances for young adults.

2012 Consulting Editors of the Year

Su Yeong Kim is an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin. She studies the intersection of family and cultural contexts in the development of children of immigrants in the United States. She examines culturally-relevant developmental processes such as acculturation, tiger parenting, and language brokering in immigrant families, with a focus on the development of adolescents. Dr. Kim's focus is on Chinese American and Mexican American families in the United States

Chrystyna D. Kouros is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Southern Methodist University. She received her PhD from the University of Notre Dame in 2008, working with Dr. E. Mark Cummings, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University with Dr. Judy Garber. Her research interests focus on understanding the interplay between family processes — mainly, everyday marital conflict — and the development and maintenance of spouses' and children's depression symptoms.

2011 Consulting Editors of the Year

Dr. Arin Connell is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. His research interests focus broadly on understanding the etiology of emotional and behavioral disorders across childhood and adolescence, and on translating such developmental models into prevention and intervention programs for at-risk youth. Dr. Connell adopts a multi-method approach to research that integrates observations of social processes family interaction, as well as neurobiological measures of risk and protective processes. Dr. Connell is also interested, more broadly, on the development and application of quantitative methods for developmental and prevention research.

Dr. Dave Atkins is a research associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, University of Washington. Dr. Atkins received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at University of Washington in 2003 and returned to University of Washington as a faculty member in 2008. His primary interests are in applied statistics and methodology, and Dr. Atkins serves as a quantitative methodologist for the Center for the Study of Health and Risk Behaviors and the Center for Healthcare Improvement for Addictions, Mental Illness, and Medically Vulnerable Populations. In addition to his quantitative interests and teaching, Dr. Atkins has interests in text-mining and speech signal processing as applied to psychotherapy and research on couple therapy and infidelity.

2010 Consulting Editors of the Year

Dr. Kristina Coop Gordon is an associate professor and associate director of the clinical psychology training program at the University of Tennessee. Her expertise is in understanding how couples react to and resolve major interpersonal traumas in their relationships.

Dr. Lisa Uebelacker is an assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior and of family medicine at Brown Medical School. Her research is on developing and testing psychosocial and behavioral treatments for adult depression, particularly in primary care settings, and with a focus on including families in treatment.

2009 Consulting Editors of the Year

Dr. Marianne Celano is an associate professor at Emory University School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Her expertise is in family processes associated with childhood medical conditions, family interventions for pediatric asthma, family assessment and treatment for low-income populations, and training in family psychology.

Dr. Brian Doss is an assistant professor at the University of Miami in the Department of Psychology. His research is designed to elucidate couples' help-seeking behaviors, identify mechanisms of couple interventions, and develop and evaluate flexible couple interventions.