Jenna graduated from Grand Valley State University with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. She is currently a first year graduate student in MSU’s Human Development and Family Studies Ph.D. program with a concentration in child development. She has several broad research interests, including resilience in at-risk populations, the dynamics of families with children with an intellectual or developmental disability, and developing and implementing interventions designed to optimize developmental outcomes in children identified as at-risk.
Research projects: Jenna currently serves as the lab manager of the Family Stress Lab, run by Dr. Amy K. Nuttall. The Family Stress Lab seeks to understand how a variety of stressors impact children and their families. Currently, the lab is studying families of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), focusing specifically on typically developing siblings of individuals with ASD during adolescence and emerging adulthood.