Applied Developmental Psychology
Sedona is a first-year Master's student working in Dr. Kornienko's lab. She graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Biology from Virginia Tech in 2018. As an undergraduate, she studied how incremental and entity themes in parent-child discourse correlate with children's healthy habits and snack choices, and was able to present her findings at both an undergraduate research symposium and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology's annual convention. After graduating, Sedona interned for a family services company in Richmond, VA where she helped counsel elementary-aged, inner city children with behavioral issues. Overall, her research interests include how and to what extent social and emotional experiences in one's childhood contribute to the development of various internalizing and externalizing mental disorders.