Recent Ph.D. Recipients

Below are some recent Ph.D. recipients from our lab. Please click on any individual’s name to find out what they are doing after receiving their Ph.D.


Sharon Shenhav, Ph.D.

B.A. Brandeis University
M.A. University of California, Irvine
Ph.D. University of California, Irvine
Dissertation (2017): The cultural and familial contexts of young adults’ romantic relationships

Nicole L. Matthews, Ph.D.

B.A. University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A. University of California, Irvine
Ph.D. University of California, Irvine
Dissertation (2013): Is it all in the family?: The importance of siblings and peers for theory of mind and school readiness in children with and without autism spectrum disorder

Maryam M. Abdullah, Ph.D.
B.A. University of California, Davis
M.A. University of California, Irvine
Ph.D. University of California, Irvine
Dissertation (2012): Quality of relationships in families of adolescents with and without autism spectrum disorders

Agnes R. Ly, Ph.D.

B.A. University of California, Los Angeles
M.A. University of California, Irvine
Ph.D. University of California, Irvine
Dissertation (2012): It’s all in the family: Marital and coparenting quality in families of children with and without autism spectrum disorders

Kara L. Thorsen, Ph.D.

B.A. San Diego State University
M.A. University of California, Irvine
Ph.D. University of California, Irvine
Dissertation (2011): Early detection of autism: An evaluation of a parent-training program

Edwin T. Tan, Ph.D.

B.A. University of California, Riverside
M.A. University of California, Irvine
Ph.D. University of California, Irvine
Dissertation (2010): A contextual approach to understanding immigrant Asian fathers’ educational involvement in their children’s lives

Rachel G. Lucas-Thompson, Ph.D.

B.A. Beloit College
M.A. University of California, Irvine
Ph.D. University of California, Irvine
Dissertation (2009): Interparental conflict and adolescent physiological functioning, health, and adjustment