Graduate Student Researchers

Jordan Kaye, B.A.


Jordan grew up in Central New Jersey. She graduated from the University of Maryland-College Park in 2018 with a B.A. in Psychology. As an undergraduate she worked in the Maryland Child & Family Development Laboratory under Dr. Jude Cassidy and the Laboratory for the Study of Child and Family Relationships under Dr. Ken Rubin. Jordan worked as a research assistant for Chronis-Tuscano and Rubin’s Preschool Shyness Study, which compared two early interventions for children with severe social anxiety/behavioral inhibition. After graduating, Jordan was a Research Assistant with Child Mind Institute’s Healthy Brain Network where she assisted in CMI’s big data/open science initiative aiming to identify biological markers for psychopathology from the participation of 10,000 children and adolescents ages 5-21.

Jordan joined the Emotion Regulation and Temperament Lab as a graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program in August of 2020. She is interested in studying parent-child relationships and associated longitudinal child outcomes, parenting behaviors, and emotion- and self-regulation. Clinically, Jordan is interested in both assessment and treatment of psychopathology in children, adolescents, and young adults. Since joining the ERT Lab, Jordan proposed her thesis during the Spring 2022 semester, COVID-19 Stress and Parenting Practices: Maternal Stress and Emotion Regulation Strategies, has one manuscript under review and three in preparation, as well as three poster presentations.

After completing her doctorate, Jordan hopes to pursue a career that involves both clinical work and research.

Sabrina Ung, M.A.


Sabrina grew up in Irvine, CA, a suburb in Southern California. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 2017 with B.A.’s in Psychology and Social Behavior and Education Sciences. As an undergraduate, she worked in the Memory and Development Lab under Dr. Angela Lukowski researching executive functioning in children with Down Syndrome and correlates of sleep in emerging adults. Sabrina completed her senior honors thesis examining the influences of psychosocial and sleep variables on negative mood of university students.

In August of 2018, Sabrina joined the Emotion Regulation and Temperament Lab as a graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program. She is interested in studying children’s emotion regulation development in the context of parental behaviors. Specifically, Sabrina is interested in how parenting behaviors elicited during lab tasks interact with maternal emotion regulation on development of infant emotion regulation. Clinically, Sabrina is interested in the assessment and treatment of psychopathology in children and adolescents.

After completing her doctorate, Sabrina hopes to pursue a career that involves research, clinical practice and teaching.

Leanna Rosinski, M.A.

Leanna grew up in Tinley Park, IL, a suburb of Chicago. She is a proud alumna of Northern Illinois University (NIU), earning her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2015 with full University Honors. As an undergraduate, she began her research involvement as a research assistant in Dr. David Bridgett’s Emotion Regulation and Temperament (ERT) Lab. She was particularly interested in how infant attention and other temperament characteristics interacted with parenting to predict child outcomes. As an undergraduate member of Dr. Bridgett’s lab, Leanna assisted in data collection and authored and presented poster presentations at international conferences. She became a lab coordinator, mentoring other research assistants and overseeing lab activities. In addition, Leanna participated in other Psychology labs at NIU. She completed her Honors Capstone project on hoarding behaviors in children, working with Dr. Kevin Wu within his Anxiety and Personality Lab.

In August of 2016, Leanna enrolled in the clinical psychology doctoral program, continuing her research career as a member of the ERT Lab. She continues to investigate early attention, and its interaction with parenting and other contextual factors in predicting child effortful control. Clinically, Leanna is interested in the assessment and treatment of child psychopathology, in addition to parent and family therapy.

After completing her doctoral degree, Leanna plans to continue involvement in research and clinical assessment. 

Erin McKay, M.A. 


Erin grew up in Maple Grove, MN, a suburb of Minneapolis. She graduated in 2016 from Texas Christian University with a B.S. in child development as well as minors in biology and psychology. Prior to joining Dr. David Bridgett’s team, Erin worked under Dr. Naomi Ekas in her Families, Autism, & Child Emotion Studies Lab and under Dr. Kathleen Thomas in her Cognitive Development & Neuroimaging Lab. These experiences led her to pursue graduate school to further explore parenting.

In August of 2016, Erin joined the ERT lab. She is interested in studying the antecedents of positive and negative parenting practices (e.g., executive function, respiratory sinus arrhythmia [RSA], behavioral inhibition and activation systems), child outcomes of positive and negative parenting practices (e.g., effortful control, emotion regulation, internalizing and externalizing symptoms), and the impact child characteristics have on parenting (e.g., temperament, internalizing and externalizing symptoms). Methodologically, Erin is interested in novel approaches to parenting (i.e., infant simulator paradigm) as well as physiological biomarkers (e.g., RSA, skin conductance, cortisol, telomere shortening).

After earning a doctorate degree, Erin plans to pursue a career in research and teaching.