Emily Simpson

Graduate Student, Human Development and Family Studies (Affiliate)

Research Overview

Broadly, I study adolescent risk-taking and resilience within the context of the family. More specifically, I am interested in the ways that families shape and are shaped by adolescent substance use, with an eye towards understanding self regulatory capacities during the adolescent years. As a graduate assistant, I work as an independent contractor for the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, assisting with Dr. Christine Ohannessian’s Adolescent Adjustment Project. As an InChip Graduate Student Affiliate, I hope to pursue mixed methods research examining the role of the family in shaping emotion regulation during adolescence.


University of the South: Sewanee, graduated in 2011 with a BA in psychology
Wake Forest University, graduated in 2014 with an MA in psychology

Featured Publications

Ohannessian, C. M., Flannery, K. M., Simpson, E., Russell, B. S., (2016). Family functioning
and adolescent alcohol use: A moderated mediation analysis. Journal of Adolescence, 49, 19-27.

Simpson, E., & Yu, K. (2012). Closer to the truth: Electronic records of academic dishonesty in an
actual classroom setting. Ethics & Behavior, 22(5), 400-408.

Contact Information
Mailing AddressHuman Development and Family Studies Department
348 Mansfield Road, U-1058
Storrs, CT 06269-1058