Rachel G. Lucas-Thompson, Ph.D.

Rachel was a graduate student in developmental psychology working with Drs. Wendy Goldberg and Alison Clarke-Stewart.

Her research focuses on the influences of the family environment on child and adolescent development. She focuses particularly on how characteristics of the marital relationship, including marital quality, conflict, and equality, are associated with child and adolescent physiology, mental and physical health, and personal relationships. She received her B.A. with a double-major in Psychology and Theatre Arts from Beloit College in 2004, her M.A. in Social Ecology from UCI in 2005, and her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from UCI in 2009.

Rachel completed her dissertation in 2009, which focused on the associations of parental marital conflict with parent-adolescent relationship quality, adolescent stress physiology, and adolescent mental and physical health.

She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Colorado State University.