Emily Rolan

Fall 2015

Research Interests

My research interests are derived from several integral components. First, I am guided by dynamic theories of development, including environmental and individual characteristics. For example, the relational-developmental-systems (RDS) theory suggests that individual characteristics (e.g., genetics and cognitive abilities) and environments (e.g., prenatal and sibling relationships) do not occur separately, but are interwoven in a bidirectional and dynamic process manipulating development. Secondly, I am drawn to the importance of sensitive developmental periods of great change, particularly the prenatal period and adolescence. Thirdly, my research is grounded in how transactional and bidirectional influences shape development across sensitive periods. My specific interests and experiences highlight the development of cognitive traits, sibling relationships, and deliquent behaviors.

Education

  • M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies, Purdue University

  • B.A. with honors in Psychology, University of Missouri – Columbia

Current Research

Through my prior work I have examined executive function in early childhood, delinquent behaviors during adolescence, including substance use, and the sibling relationship from preschool to emerging adulthood, and begun to examine the role of the prenatal environment for behavioral outcomes. I have amassed expertise in the development of sibling relationships across childhood, adolescence, and emerging adulthood, and the development of EF, including the role of siblings. My dissertation research will build on work I have conducted thus far, and further integrate and expand my research on prenatal, cognitive, and sibling relationship influences shaping the development of substance use during adolescence, highlighting the unique role of the environment by controlling on genetic confounds through the use of genetically-informative designs.

Publications

  • Hamwey, M., Rolan, E. P., Jensen, A., & Whiteman, S. (2018). “Absence makes the heart grow fonder”: A qualitative examination of sibling relationships during emerging adulthood. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0265407518789514

  • Knopik, V. V., Marceau, K., Bidwell, C., & Rolan, E. P. (2018). The role of prenatal substance exposure and epigenetics in offspring behavior and substance use. Journal of Neurotoxicology and Teratology.

  • Korucu, I., Rolan, E. P., Napoli, A., Purpura, D., & Schmitt, S. (2018). Home executive function environment and its relation with children’s executive function. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 24, 9-19. doi:10.1016/j.ecresq.2018.09.001

  • Rolan, E. P., & Marceau, K. (2018). Individual and sibling characteristics: Parental differential treatment and adolescent externalizing behaviors. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

  • Rolan, E. P., Schmitt, S., Purpura, D., & Nichols, D. L. (2018). Sibling presence, executive function and the role of parenting. Infant and Child Development. doi:10.1002/icd.2091

Presentations

  • Korucu, I., Rolan, E., Napoli, A. R., Schmitt, S. A., & Purpura, D. J. (2018, May). Home Executive Function Environment and its relation to preschoolers' executive function. Poster presented at the 30th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.

  • Rolan, E. P., & Marceau, K. (2018, April). Individual and sibling characteristics: Parental differential treatment and adolescent externalizing behaviors. In C. Rogers (Chair), Sibling relationships as a protective factor against the development of adolescent risk-taking: A multi-disciplinary perspective. Symposium paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Minneapolis, MN.

  • Rolan, E. P., Schmitt, S., Purpura, D., & Nichols, D. (2017, November). More than just a playmate: Siblings and executive function. Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations, Minneapolis, MN.

  • Purpura, D. J., Schmitt, S. A., Dobbs-Oates, J., Napoli, A. R., Anaya, L., Rolan, E., & King, Y. (2017, October). Assessment of preschool numeracy and mathematical language: Cross-language (dis)agreement. Presented at Erikson Institute’s Promising Math conference, Chicago, Illinois.

  • Lindell, A. K., Rolan, E. P., Killoren, S., & Campione-Barr, N. (2017, April). Developmental implications of sibling conflict during the transition to adulthood. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.

  • Rolan, E. P., & Whiteman, S. D. (2016, November). Parental differential treatment, temperament and youth’s delinquency: A moderation model. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Council on Family Relations, Minneapolis, MN.

  • Rolan, E. P., & Nichols, D. L. (2016, September). The role of siblings and media exposure on preschoolers’ executive function. Symposium conducted at the meeting of Screen Time: A Symposium on Media for Children and Youth, Chicago, IL.

  • Rolan, E. P., Lindell, A. K., & Campione-Barr, N. (2015, May). Sibling conflict in the transition to emerging adulthood. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL. 

Teaching Experience

Fall 2017 Guest Lecturer, HDFS 313 Adolescent Development
Human Development and Family Studies, Purdue University
Topics: Family Relationships and Siblings; Family Relationships and Parenting
Fall 2017, Spring 2018 Guest Lecturer, HDFS 210 Introduction to Human Development
Human Development and Family Studies, Purdue University
Topic: Families with a Focus on Siblings

 

 

 

 

 

Awards and Honors

  • 2018: HHS Outstanding Masters Student Award, $1,000

  • 2018: HDFS Outstanding Masters Student Award

  • 2017: Compton Graduate Student Travel Award, $500.00

  • 2017: Service Learning Grant: “Kids Cook!”: A kid-focused healthy cooking demonstration.

              Sponsored by Dr. Blake Jones, $900.00

  • 2016: HHS Summer Research Grant, Purdue University

  • 2015: Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research & Creative Achievements, University of Missouri

  • 2015: Departmental Honors in Psychology, University of Missouri



Advisor:  Dr. Kristine Marceau

Emily Rolan

Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant

Human Development and Family Studies

Hanley Hall, Room 355
Purdue University
1202 West State St.
West Lafayette, IN   47907-2055

Phone: 494-0451/494-0471
Fax: 496-1144
rolan@purdue.edu

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