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Social Context and Development Lab


Dr. Dmitrieva's lab staff includes undergraduate and graduate research assistants. Get to know us!

Julia Dmitrieva, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Nagel Hall, Room 44
2194 S. High St.
Denver, CO 80208
Phone: 303-871-3979

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Graduate Students

Emma Espel: Developmental Psychology

I got my B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, and majored in Honors Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience. I have completed my Master's thesis (at DU), which examined sibling and family relationships. Broadly, I use a multi-systemic perspective to study adolescent development and psychosocial outcomes, with a specific interest in applied developmental psychology. For my dissertation I plan to evaluate the effectiveness of a Moving Mindfulness treatment program among a sample of young female offenders. In my free time I enjoy all things outdoors- hiking, skiing- and spending time with family and friends.

Jiquan Lin: Developmental Psychology

Academic history:
 2008-2009 South China Normal University, English
2009-2012 Kansas State University: Psychology
2012- University of Denver: Developmental Psychology

Future plans:
Working in academia is my future dream and motivation to be P.h.d student. I also like traveling, and learning things from different cultures.

Research Interest:
I'm broadly interested in both proximal and distal environmental effects on adolescent developmental trajectories, and the influence of environment × gene interplay.

Undergraduate Students

Melissa Harlow

I'm Melissa Harlow, a senior at the University of Denver, studying psychology and criminology. I hope to continue my education and obtain a masters, and potential a doctorate degree, in the field of psychology, and specializing in forensics. I would love to work with juvenile offenders and conduct research relating to treatment, rehabilitation, and intervention within this population. In addition, I would also enjoy doing assessments and providing clinical treatment.

Kristen O'Connell

My name is Kristen O'Connell. I am a third year here at the University of Denver. My major is Psychology, with a minor in French and Ecology & Biodiversity. I really enjoy working in the criminal justice system, and this lab lets you get experience that you just cannot understand from reading a textbook. My goal is to become a criminal defense lawyer or to work in a residential facility (like juvenile justice facilities or a psychiatric hospital) as a psychologist.

Rachael Weatherly

Hello! My name is Rachael Weatherly and I am a sophomore here at DU. I am majoring in Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies and getting a minor in Psychology. I plan on going to Hong Kong next year to study international law. After I graduate I want to go to law school and become a criminal defense attorney and eventually start my own firm.