SHIFT Team Members
Sexual Health, Infidelity, & Family Transmissions (SHIFT) Team Members
Dana Weiser, Ph.D. Associate Professor Human Development & Family Sciences; Affiliate Faculty Women's and Gender Studies
Dr. Weiser earned her Ph.D. in 2012 from the Interdisciplinary Social Psychology program at the University of Nevada, Reno. She joined the Texas Tech faculty in 2013. In addition to her research on families and sexuality, Dr. Weiser primarily teaches the Development of Intimate Relationships and Human Sexuality undergraduate courses, and the Family Theories graduate course. She has received numerous recognitions including the Innovative Teaching Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), Texas Tech Integrated Scholar, Texas Tech President's Academic Achievement Award, and College of Human Sciences Faculty Award for Commitment to Outreach and Engagement.
Current Graduate Students
Annie Boyles, M.S.
Annie Boyles is a Ph.D. student in the Human Development and Family Sciences department at Texas Tech University. Annie has her master's in Family Studies and her research interest is in sex education and sexual violence among adolescents and emerging adults. Annie is working towards a Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies.
Aubrey Pickett, B.S.
Aubrey Pickett is a postbaccalaureate student in Human Development and Family Sciences at Texas Tech University. Aubrey has her bachelor's in psychology and is earning her Ph.D. to study and prevent intimate partner violence through research and education reform. In her research, she primarily focuses on dating violence in adolescence and young adulthood. Aubrey is working towards a Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies.
Randi Black, M.S.
Randi Black is a Ph.D. student in Human Development and Family Sciences at Texas Tech University. She completed her master of science in Family Therapy and has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2014. Randi's interests in studies include infidelity, intergenerational patterns, and sexuality.
Lily Jantzer, B.S.
Lily Jantzer is a master's student in Human Development and Family Sciences. Her research interest includes relationship satisfaction following sexual violence. Lily is currently working towards a Graduate Certificate in Charitable Financial Planning.
Miriam Lieway, M.S.
Miriam is a Ph.D. student in Human Development and Family Sciences at Texas Tech. Her research interests are the intersectionality of gender, poverty, and marginalization with an emphasis on sex trafficking. Miriam earned a master's degree in Human Development and Family Sciences and a graduate certificate in Women's and Gender Studies.
Former Graduate Student Team Members
Adam Thomas, Ph.D.
Adam Thomas earned his Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies at Texas Tech University. His dissertation was titled “titled “Trans & Thriving? Transgender Men's Romantic Relationships through Gender Transition.” Adam is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Colgate University in the LGBTQ Studies Program. Adam also earned a Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies.
Matthew Rivas-Koehl, M.S
Matthew earned his master's degree in Human Development & Family Sciences. His work studies romantic and sexual relationships among LGBTQ+ individuals. He is also interested in sexual violence among queer populations and how individuals cope with trauma following sexual assault. Matthew also earned a graduate certificate in Women's and Gender Studies. He is currently a doctoral student in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Illinois.
Shu Yuan, Ph.D.
Shu Yuan earned her doctorate in Human Development & Family Studies in December 2016. Her work explores co-parenting, marital quality, and children's socioemotional development. She also studies how self-efficacy is associated with parenting and educational outcomes. In addition, her work examines how Asian American individuals react to infidelity compared to white individuals.
Viviana Gomez, M.S.
Viviana earned her master's degree in Human Development & Family Studies in May 2016. Her work explores attitudes towards and use of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine among Latinos. She is also working with physicians at TTU Health Sciences Center to examine medical professionals' attitudes toward the HPV vaccines.
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