Anne Shaffer
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology 
Clinical Program | Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Associate Dean of the Graduate School 
310 Herty Drive | Room 361 Brooks Hall | Athens, GA 30602
(706) 542-5982 | ashaffer@uga.edu

Dr. Shaffer is trained as a developmental and clinical psychologist, and she mentors students in both disciplines and in the intersections of these fields. Her research currently focuses on studying family and close relationships as contexts for risk and protection in development. She approaches psychological research and practice from a developmental psychopathology perspective, which is informed by the simultaneous consideration of both competence and psychopathology and emphasizes developmental processes of risk and resilience in pathways to adaptation or maladaptation.



Graduate Students 

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Violeta Rodriguez (on internship, University of Illinois Chicago)

 Violeta “V” is a fifth-year student in the Clinical Psychology program, and a Ford Foundation   Predoctoral Fellow (2018-2021). Violeta’s research focuses on improving the quantification of   the complex influence of parenting on the development of psychopathology in understudied,   underserved, and underprivileged groups in different cultural, research, and clinical contexts.   Violeta’s research has also examined predictors of infant development and maternal health in   international settings (e.g., South Africa, Zambia) in the context of HIV prevention. Violeta’s   research on psychometrics for her dissertation is funded by the National Institute of Mental   Health. In her free time, V enjoys cooking, baking, and is secretly preparing to go on one of   Gordon Ramsay’s cooking shows (probably the child ones).




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 Dominique L. La Barrie

 Dominique is a fourth-year Behavioral and Brain Sciences student with a concentration in   Developmental Science. Her primary interest are in how discrimination, intergenerational   trauma, and parental stress impact child emotion regulation and internalizing problems.   Additionally, her research also aims to highlight culturally relative mechanisms that serve   as protective buffers in children (i.e., racial socialization, ethnic-racial identity). She is   specifically interested in working with Black and Latinx communities. In her free time,   Dominique enjoys catching up on her long list of movies to watch while knitting.



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 Miriam Zegarac

 Miriam is a fourth-year Clinical Psychology student. Miriam’s research interests focus on determining factors that hinder or support families’ social, emotional, and physiological adaptations to stress. In particular, she is interested in understanding emotion-communication, emotion regulation, coping, and developmental transitions within family units (e.g., parenthood, adolescence). With her research, Miriam hopes to inform prevention science and public policy relevant to families facing economic and racial injustice. In her free time, Miriam enjoys hiking, watching movies, cooking, and sitting on her porch doing crossword puzzles.



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 Taylor Brumbaugh

 Taylor is a second-year student in the Clinical Psychology program. She is involved in developing the REPS measure of parental emotion regulation which focuses on situations in which parents regulate their emotions during interactions with their children. Her research aims to understand parenting behaviors and child outcomes that can exacerbate or buffer the risk for maladaptation. She is specifically interested in processes of risk and resilience and their developmental pathways as a result of experiencing stress and adversity. In her free time, Taylor enjoys spending time outdoors, trying out new restaurants, and greeting every dog she sees. 



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   Jenna Terry

Jenna is a second-year student in the Clinical Psychology program. She is interested in researching how forms of emotional socialization relate to children’s psychological outcomes by considering factors such as racial and ethnic identity, socioeconomic status, and geographic location. She would like to translate her research into intervention and prevention efforts for children and families. In her free time, Jenna enjoys cooking, spending time with her dogs, and thrift shopping.



Undergraduate Research Assistants

  • Ansley Delaney

Lab Alumni
(includes primary advisees and co-advisees in clinical and developmental psychology)

  • Hannah Rea, Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Washington
  • Funlola Are, assistant professor, University of Texas Health Houston
  • Amber Madden, postdoctoral fellow, Brown University 
  • Laura Loucks, assistant professor of Psychiatry, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Courtney McCullough Liesener, Government Accountability Office
  • Rachel Zhou Han, assistant professor of Psychology, Beijing Normal University
  • Diana Morelen, assistant professor of Psychology, East Tennessee State University 
  • Claire Peterson, assistant professor of Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital
  • Melissa Bright, assistant research scientist, University of Florida

Lab Alumni (Undergraduate Research Assistants)

  • Dominique Harry
  • Kaela Yamini
  • Irene Ivie
  • Jenna Dandan
  • Lacey Walker
  • Nikita Tallapally
  • Danielle Manning
  • Diana Rodriguez
  • Sol Moreno
  • Jordan Cole
  • Morgan Beckham
  • Ayanna Daniels
  • Rachel Sinclair
  • Hannah Wise
  • Neha Rafiq