Nayantara Nair

Fall 2016

Research Interests

I am primarily interested in resilience processes in adolescents and families from vulnerable populations. Specifically, my research interests focus on examining protective factors (e.g., warm parenting, self-regulation) that can buffer youth from maladaptive outcomes, and identifying potential pathways through which youth and family wellbeing can be fostered, in the context of adverse environments and experiences (e.g., families living in poverty, racial/ethnic minority families).


  • M.A., 2015, Clinical Psychology, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India

  • B.A., 2013, Psychology, Women's Christian College, Chennai, India

Current Research

I am currently working on the following projects:
  • 2019, Strengths in Single-Mother Families Project (PI: Dr. Zoe Taylor): Evaluating the challenges, resources, and wellbeing of single mothers in Indiana, through quantitative surveys and in-person interviews

  • 2018, Adolescent Substance Use: Indiana Community Needs and Education through Extension (PI: Dr. Kristine Marceau): Evaluating parents' and educators' needs regarding adolescent substance use in Indiana; creating an evidence-based parent-education program to address these needs; disseminating the program across the state through Purdue Extension

  • 2017, Meta-analysis of Secular Trends in Pubertal Timing (PI: Dr. Kristine Marceau): Conducting a meta-analysis of publications examining the trends across time of pubertal onset


  • Taylor, Z. E., Kittrell, N., Nair, N., Evich, C. D., & Jones, B. L. (2019). Developmental antecedents of adolescent optimism in rural Midwestern U.S. Latinx youth. Journal of Community Psychology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1002/jcop.22267

  • Taylor, Z. E., Evich, C. D., Marceau, K., Nair, N., & Jones, B. L. (2019). Associations between the cortisol awakening response and effortful control relating to depressive problems in Latino preadolescents. Journal of Early Adolescence, 39, 1050-1077.

  • Taylor, Z. E., Ruiz, Y., & Nair, N. (2018). A mixed‐method examination of ego‐resiliency, adjustment problems, and academic engagement in children of Latino migrant farmworkers. Social Development, 28, 200-217.

  • Mishra, A. A., Christ, S. L., Schwab-Reese, L. M., & Nair, N. (2018). Post-traumatic stress symptom development as a function of changing witnessing in-home violence and changing peer relationship quality: Evaluating protective effects of peer relationship quality. Child Abuse & Neglect, 81, 332-342.


  • Nair, N., & Taylor, Z. E. (2019, October). Longitudinal effects of economic hardship on adolescent internalizing problems: Exploring the role of positive parenting. Symposium paper presented at the Society for the Study of Human Development 11th Biennial Meeting, Portland, Oregon. Symposium title: Stress and Resilience in Underrepresented Populations Across the Lifespan.

  • Nair, N., Taylor, Z. E., Evich, C. D., & Jones, B. L. (2017, November). Relations of effortful control and parenting to resilience in Latino youth. Poster presented at the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) 79th Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.

Teaching Experience

Spring 2017, Fall 2017,
Spring 2018

Guest Lecturer, HDFS 210: Introduction to Human Development
Human Development and Family Studies, Purdue University
Topics: Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood; Physical Development, Stress, and Health in Emerging Adulthood 

Scholarships & Grants

  • 2019-2020, Levien Family Policy Internship/Scholarship

  • 2018, Graduate School Summer Research Grant

  • 2018, Purdue Graduate Student Government Professional Grant


Advisor: Dr. Zoe Taylor

Nair Nayantara

Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant

Human Development and Family Studies

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