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.


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

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

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.

Advisor:  Dr. Kristine Marceau

Emily Rolan

Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant

Human Development and Family Studies

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