/ Graduate Students
Jevian Joseph | PsyD Candidate
Jevian was born in Trinidad & Tobago, and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from the City College of New York in 2016 with a Bachelors degree in Psychology. She is now a doctoral student in the School-Clinical Child Psychology program at Yeshiva University, Bronx, NY. Jevian learned about the lab through the Center for Career and Professional Development at City College. She is a behavioral coder for the lab, coding 4 and 12-month Infant Vocal Affect. Beyond her love of coding, Jevian also loves the friendly environment of the lab, and the many different types of people she has been able to meet there. Jevian's ultimate professional goal is to become a pediatric neuropsychologist.
Jordan Murphy | PhD Candidate
Upon graduating from Spelman College with a degree in biology and Emory University with a degree in nursing, I transitioned into the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program at Emory University. My academic goals include identifying the biobehavioral underpinnings of relational stress and resiliency within the maternal-infant dyad, and exploring community-based interventions that promote maternal and infant mental wellness. Specifically, I focus on how the quality of maternal and infant behavioral interactions associates with epigenetic alterations in stress-related genes during the first 6-months of life, and infant mental and physical health outcomes during the first 5 years. To properly address my research aims, I train under the direction of Dr. Beatrice Beebe and her research team in order to learn the microanalytic methodology. Dr. Beebe’s insight into the complex relationship between a mother and her infant is exceptional and her mentorship greatly adds to my research and future career goals.
Yasemin Kahya | PhD Candidate
I am a PhD candidate in Clinical Psychology program at Hacettepe University in Turkey. My main research interest is on interpersonal relationships from a developmental-clinical perspective. In this regard, my doctorate thesis examines mother-infant interaction at 4 months at which infants start showing remarkable social capabilities during face-to-face communication. As being fully funded by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, I have been visiting Dr. Beebe’s lab for 12 months to learn microanalysis of infant vocal affect, infant gaze, mother gaze, infant facial affect and mother facial affect. I collected the data on 6-week postpartum maternal depression, anxiety, and self-efficacy with also some attachment measures from a sample of first-time Turkish mothers, and filmed mother-infant interaction at 4 months. My basic idea was to replicate Dr. Beebe’s one of primer designs and adapt her microanalytic approach in another culture. The present research findings will inform and extend my future research projects on the microanalysis of mother-infant interaction in Turkey. Dr. Beebe’s intellectually stimulating and enriching lab environment has provided invaluable learning opportunities for me. The whole experience of being mentored by Dr. Beebe has immensely impacted and shaped my experience both as a researcher and clinician.