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Social Influence on Brain and Socioemotional development Lab


05.26.22-05.29.22: SIBS Lab Represents at APS in Chicago!

Derek Morgan and Dr. Christy Rogers shared research from the SIBS Lab at the Association for Psychological Convention. Specifically, they presented on preliminary findings from Derek's independent study, SONA SIBS. Derek's poster highlighted the protective effect of high sibling relationship quality on emerging adult women's mental health whereas Dr. Rogers' poster emphasized the salient role of siblings for sexually diverse emerging adult experiences.



05.13.22-05.14.22: Dr. Rogers attends Graduation Ceremonies!

As part of Texas Tech's Convocations Committee, Dr. Christy Rogers enjoyed celebrating graduation with the undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences.

Graduate students:


Leslie Hasty, Ph.D.


Katheryn Webb, M.S.

Undergraduate Students: 


Rebecca (Becca) Steinman, B.S., served as a research assistant in Dr. Rogers' lab for a year, and notably, conducted a qualitative research study with the guidance of graduate student, Derek Morgan. Becca is continuing her coursework so that she can prepare for applications to medical school.


Angelica Santana, B.S., was an ambitious and interactive student in one of Dr. Rogers' courses and volunteered in her research lab through meaningful research with graduate student, Twyla Hough. Angelica's next steps include applying to nursing school.

Also pictured is Bianca Cervantes, B.S., who was another wonderful student in one of Dr. Rogers' classes. Good luck to both of you in your pursuits! 


Triston Dees, B.S., was a thoughtful and engaged student in one of Dr. Rogers' courses and now volunteers as a research assistant in her lab. He is eager to gain a breadth of research experiences surrounding adolescent development to prepare for graduate school applications.


Paxton Jones, B.S., and Journey Roddie, B.S., were both stellar students in two of Dr. Rogers' courses. Given their engagement and excellent performance, they also served as Dr. Rogers' TAs in spring 2022 for HDFS 3316: Development during Adolescence. Paxton will be attending Occupational Therapy school at Texas Tech in the fall and Journey will serve as a youth pastor in Texas. 

Fellow Colleague: 


Dr. Shera Jackson was also at the College of Human Sciences graduation ceremony! Of note, Dr. Jackson is one of the most involved faculty members in our department and is a huge supporter of undergraduate education research. Thank you so much for celebrating our graduates, Dr. Jackson!

05.11.22: Derek Morgan Receives HDFS Junior Researcher Award!

Derek Morgan was awarded the Junior Researcher Award from the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences. This award highlights the most outstanding graduate student who has attended the program for less than two years for their accomplishments in research activities. We are so proud of your hard work and milestones in research, Derek!


04.28.22: Connað Higgins Receives Letter of Appreciation!

President Lawrence Schovanec presented Connað Higgins with a Letter of Appreciation from the university for his participation in the National Science Foundation's 2022 Graduate Research Fellowship Program application cycle.


04.27.22: Dr. Rogers Graduates from the Institute of Inclusive Excellence!

Dr. Christy Rogers graduated as part of the 2021-2022 Institute for Inclusive Excellence Cohort. The Institute for Inclusive Excellence provides faculty with an opportunity to learn and actively engage in a collective program focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in higher education. Dr. Rogers will continue to serve as a fellow and promote DEI initiatives through her teaching, research, and service.


03.31.22: Derek Morgan Presents at McKenzie Lecturer Series and Takes 1st Place in Poster Competition!

Derek Morgan presented his research at the regional McKenzie Lecturer Series, which highlights recent research on addition, families, and health. Derek shared his work on how parental mental health affects their adolescent's mental health across time, and how parenting and closeness between adolescents and their parents modulates these associations. He won 1st place in the graduate student poster competition. Congrats, Derek, we are all so proud of you

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03.30.22: Dr. Rogers Awarded Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Award!

Dr. Christy Rogers was honored as one of seven recipients of the Texas Tech University Alumni Association New Faculty Award. This award is presented to faculty who have four years, or fewer, of service and who have earned distinction for dedicated service to Texas Tech. Dr. Rogers was chosen to represent the College of Human Sciences.


03.29.22: Rebecca Steinman Presents at the URC and Honored with Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award!

Rebecca Steinman, fondly known as Becca, conducted an independent research study on the motivation and satisfaction of physician assistant before and after COVID-19. With the enormous support of graduate student, Derek Morgan, she presented her work at the Texas Tech Undergraduate Research Conference and won the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award. Read more about her research journey and award HERE!



03.03.22-03.05.22: SIBS Lab Presents at SRA in New Orleans!

Derek Morgan presented his research at the Society for Research on Adolescence Conference. Derek's research examined the transmission of mental Illness from parents to their adolescents during COVID-19, as well as the role that parenting and closeness and play in these associations.


03.03.22: Connað Higgins Wins 2nd Place at the Graduate Research Conference!

Connað Higgins submitted his research to the Texas Tech Graduate Research Conference. His research examined how gaming communities can facilitate social interactions and higher quality peer relationships. Connað won 2nd place in the online category for the poster competition. Congrats, Connað!

01.20.22: Grant funded with Dr. Rogers as a Co-Investigator!

The National Natural Science Foundation of China funded a grant that Dr. Rogers will serve as a Co-Investigator on over the next three years. The proposal is titled, “The role of parenting on sibling relationship quality in the two-child family: Inter-brain synchrony in parents-child-sibling interactions,” which is led by Principal Investigator Dr. Bin-Bin Chen, who is a professor at Fudan University in the Department of Psychology, which is in Shanghai China. Dr. Rogers is very excited to support this exciting international research endeavor!

01.19.22: SIBS Lab selected for the TrUE Transformers Award!

Dr. Rogers submitted a proposal to the TrUE Transformers program, which provides funding for innovative and engaging undergraduate research activities. Her proposal, “Identifying Neurobiological Profiles of Adolescent Regulation during Family Conflict,” was selected for the TrUE Transformers Award to provide a mechanism for undergraduates to engage in research with the SIBS Lab during Summer 2022! 

We thank the Center for Transformative Undergraduate Experiences (TrUE) and the Helen Jones Foundation for making this opportunity possible. Click here to learn more about the program. 


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