Get to Know Your Representatives

Emerging Scholars Committee Co-Chairs

Caitlin Cavanagh, Executive Council (2016-2020)

Caitlin Cavanagh is an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University. She graduated with her Ph.D in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine in 2016, after receiving her B.A. with honors and highest distinction in Clinical and Social Psychology from the University of Rochester in 2011. Her program of research seeks to produce developmentally sound research that can improve how the juvenile justice system interfaces with youth and their families.

Emerging Scholars Committee Members

Emily Waterman, PhD, is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of New Hampshire in the Psychology Department. She received her doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State University. She studies sexual and dating violence prevention.

Lilla Pivnick is a Sociology graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin. Lilla is the Emerging Scholars Representative for SRA’s Media and Communications Committee.

Adam Fine is an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University in the School of Criminology & Criminal Justice. He received his PhD in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine in 2018. His program of research utilizes a developmental perspective to examine how youth perceive and interact with the juvenile justice system.

Chenoa Allen is an NICHD postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Center for Women’s Health and Health Disparities Research. She studies the effects of structural racism – in the form of immigration policy – on the wellbeing of children in immigrant families. Her current research aims to identify “best practices” for local governments seeking to protect immigrant communities from the negative impacts of immigration enforcement by evaluating the impacts of “sanctuary” policies and local immigrant integration policies. Chenoa received her PhD in public health from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 2016.

Amanda Pollitt is a NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Family Studies and Human Development. Her work focuses on the lifespan health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. She serves as the Emerging Scholar Representative of the SRA Diversity and Equity Committee.


Haylee DeLuca is an Assistant Professor at California State University San Marcos. She graduated with her Ph.D. in Psychological Sciences from Kent State University in 2018, after receiving her M.A. in General Psychology from the University of Dayton and her B.A. Psychology from The Ohio State University. Her program of research examines predictors and consequences of developmentally salient close relationships during adolescence and young adulthood, including peer, romantic, and sexual relationships, with a focus on individuals who have experienced a family transition or dissolution (e.g., adopted individuals or those involved in the foster care system).

Angela “Angie” Calvin is a PhD candidate in Educational Psychology, Human Development specialization, at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her program of research bridges communication and developmental theories to understand the risks and opportunities of social media use on the psychosocial development of adolescents. Her dissertation investigates how features of the social media context (i.e., affordances), social media audiences (i.e., followers & friends), and individual differences relate to adolescents’ selectivity in their self-presentation on social media. Using machine learning methods, she has also examined mentions of bullying on Twitter in collaboration with computer scientists. She holds a M.S. in Developmental Psychology from Illinois State University.

Myles Maxey is a PhD Candidate in Human Development and Family Studies at Utah State University. Myles is the Emerging Scholars Representative to the Interdisciplinary Committee and the Emerging Scholars Committee Secretary. His research focuses on Disability within Human Development and Family Relationships, particularly adolescents with disabilities. This interest falls into three research areas. 1) Psychosocial development (attachment, autonomy, identity formation, and self-esteem) in Adolescents with Disabilities across and within disabilities, as well as between typically and atypically developing individuals. 2) The impact of disabilities on family relationships and functionality, particularly as they navigate through the adolescent development period and prepare for adulthood. 3) Perceptions and Attitudes of Individuals with Disabilities, including developmental implications.

Heather Hessel recently graduated with a PhD in Family Social Science with a Couple and Family Therapy specialization at the University of Minnesota. She also holds an MA in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Family Psychology from the University of St. Thomas, and an MLIS from the Information Studies department at the University of California, Los Angeles. Heather is a licensed marriage and family therapist; her clinical work has focused primarily on family treatments for young men with long term substance use. She has published and presented research on parent-child relationships and use of information and communication technologies in families.

Meghan Martz is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan Addiction Center within the Department of Psychiatry. At Michigan, Meghan is an affiliate of the multidisciplinary Population, Neurodevelopment and Genetics Program (PNG) and Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) research consortium. Meghan’s current research focuses on psychosocial and neural mechanisms underlying developmental trajectories of substance use during adolescence through early adulthood. Specifically, she uses a developmental perspective to study associations between behavioral, contextual, and neural predictors of both substance use risk and resilience. Meghan received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Michigan, MSW from the University of Chicago, and BS in Psychology with Highest Distinction from Indiana University.

Emily Rolan is currently a doctoral student in the Human Development and Family Studies department at Purdue University working with Dr. Kristine Marceau. Her research interests and experiences highlight the development of cognitive traits and the influence of siblings, ranging from the prenatal environment through childhood, in relation to adolescent delinquent behaviors (e.g., substance use). I represent the SRA publications committee.

Aura Ankita Mishra is a doctoral candidate in the Human Development and Family Studies program at Purdue University. She is originally from India and moved to the United States to pursue her undergraduate degree in 2009. Through substantive research, she is seeking to understand the consequence of adverse and traumatic experiences during childhood and adolescence on long-term physical and psychological health, and overall well-being. Specifically, She is interested in evaluating the role of environmental, social and biological processes in these associations.

Diamond Bravo is currently a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She received her doctorate in Family and Human Development at Arizona State University. She received her B.A. in Psychology from University of California, Riverside and her M.A. in General Experimental Psychology from California State University, Northridge. Dr. Bravo’s research focuses on the cultural mechanisms and constructs that contribute to the academic motivation, success, and well-being of immigrant students and students of color in the United States. Her research expands views of risk and resiliency as they pertain to experiences of discrimination and cultural protective factors. The ultimate goal of her research agenda is to enhance diversity in higher education pathways by designing culturally focused interventions.
Past Emerging Scholar Representatives