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Leigha MacNeill


Leigha is a sixth-year graduate student working toward her Ph.D. under the mentorship of Dr. Koraly Pérez-Edgar.  She received her B.A. in psychology and English from the University of Rochester in 2012.  Leigha's research interests integrate family systems and biological perspectives to investigate children’s self-regulation across multiple levels of analysis.  She aims to study how extrinsic (e.g., family, SES) and intrinsic (e.g., child temperament, biology) factors of the child contribute to their development of self-regulation over time, as well as how these trajectories can place children at risk for internalizing problems.  Her master's thesis examined whether relations between both mothers' and fathers' emotional expressiveness and young children's prosocial behavior were contingent upon children's physiological regulation, and whether the effects differed for older and younger siblings within the family.  Her dissertation takes a multi-method approach to studying how the family and child temperament contribute to young children’s developing attention processes.

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