Amanda Griffin MS

Amanda Griffin, MS

Amanda Griffin is a doctoral candidate in Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State under the primary supervision of Dr. H. Harrington Cleveland. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and her M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State. Amanda is passionate about using genetically informed designs, such as molecular genetic candidate gene, twin, and adoption designs to examine genetic influences on peer relationships. Under the guidance of Dr. Neiderhiser she has used multiple quantitative genetic methodologies to disentangle genetic and environmental influences on peer relationships and the skills needed form peer relationships, such as effortful control and social competence using the Early Growth and Development Study, the Nonshared Environment in Adolescent Development Project and the Michigan State University Twin Registry.