Graduate Students


Courtney Boise:

Melanie Gabbert:

Chelsie Temmen:

Alexander Wasserman :

Yinbo Wu:

Courtney Boise is an advanced student from Indiana, who received her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame. Her research interests include: how factors, such as home visiting, promote positive parent-teacher partnerships in early childhood; the interplay between dyadic relationships (i.e., parent-child, teacher-child, teacher-parent), executive function, and the development of children’s prosocial behaviors; and early intervention. She is currently working with Dr. Lisa Knoche (Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools) and Dr. Sue Sheridan (Educational Psychology) as a research assistant for Getting Ready, a parent engagement approach that promotes children’s learning and development by enhancing relationships and strengthening partnerships among families and early childhood educators. For more information contact Courtney at

Melanie Gabbert is an advanced student who completed her undergraduate degree at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska and her M.A. degree at Andrews University in Michigan. She worked for many years as a counselor and clinical director at non-profit agencies serving children and families. She currently teaches at Union College. Melanie works with Dr. Lisa Crockett, and her research interests include temperament and differential susceptibility to rearing influences, particularly how these may influence development in children who have experienced maltreatment . For more information contact Melanie at

Chelsie Temmen is an advanced student who completed her undergraduate degree at University of Missouri. Her research interests are focused around how social relationships, particularly parent-child relationships, have an impact on adolescent internalizing and externalizing behaviors. She is currently finishing her dissertation, which is focused on the relationships between maternal and paternal involvement and adolescent internalizing and externalizing symptoms. Chelsie will be starting her postdoctoral work at the Social and Behavioral Science Branch (SBSB) of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) in October 2018. For more information, contact Chelsie at


Alex earned his PhD in developmental psychology at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (Summer 2018) under the mentorship of Dr. Lisa Crockett and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas Health Science Center as San Antonio (UTHSCSA) funded under the addiction T32 training grant. At UNL, he studied adolescent risk behavior through the lens of the dual systems model and developed a strong passion for advanced quantitative methods, particularly with structural equation modeling (SEM) and growth curve modeling. Alex’s focus at UTHSCSA is with an ongoing longitudinal project that is following at-risk adolescents who have a parent diagnosed with substance use disorder. He hopes to elucidate processes (e.g., stress, poor quality parent–child relationship) that may dampen cognitive control and/or increase reward sensitivity and subsequently increase the risk of developing addiction problems. He also hopes to acquire expertise in neuroimaging techniques to better understand the developmental neurobiology of addiction during his training at the UTHSCSA. For more information contact Alex at


Yinbo Wu is a fourth-year student from Hangzhou, China. She completed her undergrad at Soochow University in Suzhou, China. She is working with Dr. Anne Schutte in the Spatial Memory and Cognition lab. Her research interests lie in the examination of the association between spatial working memory and attention in preschoolers and the contextual factors (e.g., family socioeconomic status and parenting) that may influence the development of working memory. For more information contact Yinbo at