Elizabeth Shewark MA

Elizabeth Shewark, MA

Elizabeth is in her fifth year of the Developmental Psychology area Ph.D. program. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, summa cum laude, from the University of Mary Washington and attained her Masters of Arts in Applied Developmental Psychology from George Mason University (GMU) under the mentorship of Dr. Susanne Denham. Elizabeth is currently working with Drs. Jenae Neiderhiser and Kristin Buss examining the development of children’s social and emotional competency, within the context of the family and schools using a behavioral genetics framework. More specifically, she is interested in the role of the child in the family and classroom contexts, and the mechanisms by which children impact and are impacted by their relationships via gene-environment interplay. Her dissertation work will examine genetic influences on the child and how that association may evoke different or similar responses across the family and school contexts and subsequently impact later adjustment. Elizabeth is also particularly interested in using advanced methodology and statistical techniques to further understand interpersonal relationships and children’s social and emotional development. In her work with Dr. Kristin Buss, Elizabeth is using advance statistical techniques to examine children’s fearful behavior.