Texas Tech University

Human Development and Family Studies

Positive Youth Development Lab

Current Students

Manju Chawla

Isaac Billalobos

I am a first year PhD student in HDFS and my research interests include coping strategies for Military personnel with PTSD as well as for ex-felons/convicts reentering the society. I am also a Sign Language Interpreter interested in hearing students' ability to acquire American Sign Language as a second language.

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Sherley Bedore

Sherley is a doctoral student, attained a Bachelor's degree in Multidisciplinary Studies, Mathematics and Science from Texas Tech University. She went on to complete her Master's in Science in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Cross-Cultural Research. Sherley's research interests are Self-Concept, Self, Adolescence, Ethnicity and Culture.

Manju Chawla

Manju Chawla

I completed my Masters in Human Development from Punjab Agricultural University (India). I joined Doctorate program in Human Development and family Studies in Texas Tech University in fall 2012 and I'm currently appointed as a part-time graduate instructor. My research interests include family factors associated with drinking behaviors in youth.

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Desiree Henderson

Desiree earned undergraduate degrees from the University of Colorado and a Masters in Social Work with honors from Syracuse University in 2011. In addition to being a third year Ph.D. student, she has a passion for working with foster families, child welfare and trauma related research. Desiree works as a child/family therapist in the Lubbock community.

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Phuong Le

My name is Phuong Le and I am currently a Ph.D student in the department of Human Development and Family Studies. I did my undergraduate at Washington State University and my master in Interdisciplinary Studies at Texas Tech University. I enjoy computer games, racquetballs and other sports.

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Cindy Martinez

She received an Associate's degree in Child Development from South Plains College, and then transferred to Texas Tech to complete her Bachelor's in HDFS. She is currently continuing her second year in HDFS for a Master's degree. Research interests include the foster care system and the aging out process.

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Oscar Rosales

I am an employee of the Department of Homeland Security and a doctoral student in HDFS. My emphasis is in the field of adolescent development and delinquency, and cross cultural studies. My goal is to conduct research that promotes programs/policies that have a positive impact on at-risk youths.

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Rick Shupe

Rick works with the HRPP/IRB program here at TTU. He has an M.A. in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix, and an M.P.A from Wayland Baptist University. Rick is an active law enforcement officer and teaches Criminal Justice classes at Wayland Baptist University. He is currently enrolled as an HDFS doctoral student.

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Nancy Trevino-Schafer

Nancy Trevino-Schafer received her Bachelor and Master degrees in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech University where she is currently a doctoral student. Her research interests include positive adolescent development, curriculum development, program evaluation, family- and community-based education, parenting, and mixed methods and applied research.

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McKenzie T. Wilkes

McKenzie Wilkes is the Assistant Director for Eating Disorders and Special Projects at the Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities, under the Institute for the Study of Addiction, Recovery, and Families at TTU. McKenzie is working towards finishing her PhD in HDFS, is ABD and working on her dissertation.

Former Students

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Dr. Tim P. Oblad

Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Department of Human Sciences

He recently completed his doctoral degree from Texas Tech University. His research interests involve cyberbullying behaviors as well as other online behaviors (networking, sexting) and how these impact individuals both internally and externally. At A&M-Kingsville, he will continue to research cyberbullying, applying and testing theoretical perspectives, as well as serve local communities with prevention and awareness.

International Collaborators

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Dr. Dedsy Y. Berbesi-Fernández

Universidad CES-School of Medicine and Biostatics, Colombia (South America)

She is the Research Coordinator at the School of Medicine at CES University-Colombia (South America). Her research focus on epidemiology of drug use, social networks, and HIV/Hepatitis C Virus prevention in injecting drug users, she has extensive experience working with those populations in Colombia. She received her PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from CES University in 2015.

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Dr. Bernadete Machado-Serpe

She has a M.S. in Pedagogy (2008) and Ph.D. in Education (2015) from Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa, Paraná, Brazil. She completed an internship at College of Education at Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina (2011) and at Texas Tech University, Human Development & Family Studies in 2014. Her research interests include school learning process, social vulnerability and family-school relations.

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Dr. Liliana Calderón Delgado

Assistant Professor in Psychology, Universidad CES, Medellin, Colombia. My area of expertise is Cognitive rehabilitation, I am essentially interested on how we can do for improve the cognitive abilities in young people either normal and neurodevelopment disabilities. I have been interested on PTSD, depression, ADHD and specific learning disorders too. My current research interests include researches linked between cognitive process and the emotion involved with depression and PTSD, as well as how this correlation can affect the neurodevelopment process and academic skills in children.

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Dr. Mauricio Barrera-Valencia

Associate Professor in Cognitive Neuropsychology, College of Human and Social Sciences, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia. My area of expertise is Cognitive neuropsychology. I am essentially interested on how cognitive models of higher mental order processes (perception, memory, emotion and executive function) relates to the underlying structures and neural circuitry of the several pathologies: such as PTSD, depression and ADHD. My current research interests include researches linked between cognitive process and the emotion involved with depression and PTSD.

Human Development and Family Studies