Family Lab

Meet the Research Team

Principal Investigator

Dr. Tina Du Rocher Schudlich

Originally hailing from Northern Michigan, I am now a professor here at Western.   I earned my doctorate in a joint program in developmental and counseling psychology from the University of Notre and completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in child development at the Center for Developmental Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My research interests broadly relate to marital and family processes associated with child adjustment.  I am particularly interested in understanding how processes of couples’ conflict resolution contribute to families’ well-being. My favorite thing to do is to hang out with my 2 daughters, Eve (9yrs) and Annabelle (5yr), and my husband, Joel. I also like playing with our 2 dogs, hiking, gardening, listening to Blues music and trying to play the guitar.

Research Assistants

12 research assistants in two rows stand on Stadium Piece steps

Back row: Colin, John, Kelly, Wendy, Anthony
Front row: Tyler, Kristen, Danielle, Sarah, Hilary, Chelsea, Jenny

Chelsea Harrington

Chelsea Harrington is a junior majoring in psychology and a part-time nanny. She enjoys grocery shopping, wearing cozy socks, munching on Pink Lady apples, and other activities normally fancied by the 70-and-up set.

Hilary Nicol

I’m Hilary and this is my 3rd year here at Western. I am a psychology major and plan on going on to grad school, possibly for marriage and family counseling. When I’m not in school I love to be outside, preferably by the water. I love to ski, sail, swim and windsurf. I grew up in Spokane with my parents and older sister, whom I am very close to and grateful for. My relationship with them is one of the reasons I find families so interesting.

Jennifer Challis

My name is Jennifer Challis. I am currently a senior at Western Washington University.  I will be graduating summer 2011 with my psychology degree and hope to go to graduate school for a masters degree in marital and family counseling. When it comes to research I am very interested in different types of relationships and how they function, especially romantic relationships.

Wendy See

My name is Wendy. I am a psychology major at Western Washington University.  My interest in Dr. Du Rocher Schudlich's research stems from my passion working with kids and goal to become a family therapist.  My experience with children includes giving guitar lessons to kids, camp counseling, working with homeless youth, and mentoring for Big Brothers Big Sisters.  Outside of school I play guitar, sing, write music, and perform. 

Sarah Marlow

Hi!  My name is Sarah and I am an undergraduate student studying psychology at WWU.  I will be graduating soon and hope to continue on with my Masters degree in school counseling.  I adore working with kids of all ages, I was born and raised in Bellingham and really enjoy the summers here, some of my favorite activities are hiking and swimming.

Colin Futrelle

My name is Colin Futrelle, and I am currently finishing a BA in both Psychology and Spanish. I plan to attend a Masters program for mental health counseling and eventually work as a marriage and family therapist.

Kelly Fitzgerald

My name is Kelly Fitzgerald and I am one of the co-authors of the FYC Project. I have been working in the Child and Family laboratory at WWU for the past two years. In addition to my research interests, I have also been a clinician for the past four years and am currently a mental health counselor at Whatcom Counseling and Psychiatric Clinic. My interests include horseback riding, hiking, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and reading.

Tyler Schexnayder

My name is Tyler Schexnayder, and I am a lot of things! Most relevant however, I am a psychology graduate of Western Washington University with dreams of one day becoming a therapist. I plan on going back to school in the next year or so, but for now I split my time between two main commitments- working with developmentally disabled adults, and volunteering in Tina's family research lab (both of which I love!). I consider myself very lucky to work alongside such great people and to be a part of something big. Also, I like pizza, soccer, video games, and long walks on the beach (in that order)- that's about it!

Anthony Coraggio

Hi! My name is Anthony, and I'm a senior here at Western. I'm a psychology major, and this is my second year in the lab. Eventually, I hope to earn a PhD in Industrial-Organizational psychology. In my spare time, I like to play/write music, lift weights, and hang out with friends!

Kristen Stouder

Kristen graduated from WWU in Spring of 2009. After taking a year off to drive buses for tourists in Alaska, she is back as a graduate student at Western in the Experimental Psychology program. In the rare moments when she's not working on school-related tasks, she enjoys road biking, mountain biking, and hiking.

Danielle Sodergren

My name is Danielle and I am a psychology major here at Western.  My areas of focus are cognitive and abnormal psychology, and I have recently become interested in issues related to drug dependence.  I enjoy music, people, and the ocean.  In the future, I hope to go into school counseling.

John Sylvester

John works in the community as a mental health clinician at Whatcom Counseling and Psychiatric Clinic.  He also coaches soccer for the Sehome High School boys in the spring.  He enjoys writing, reading, and photography.