Applied Developmental Psychology
Elana Norman is a first-year Master's student in Dr. Kornienko's Peer Networks and Development Lab. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Emory University. While at Emory, Elana conducted cross-cultural development research in Samoa and continued this work in the Cognitive Development lab with children from the Atlanta area. She went on to research trauma in women and children at the University of Memphis and later worked to understand pre-school children's narrative development in conjunction with Rhodes College. Elana has worked in a wide range of clinical settings with typical and non-typical developing children, which have provided her with a desire to study the development of coping skills. She is particularly interested in exploring emotion-regulation strategies and looking at how these skills can moderate maladaptive behaviors, increase resilience, and improve an individual's well-being. Elana strives to conduct research with individuals diverse in ability, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status for findings to be most applicable and beneficial.