Who are the researchers?

Samantha Tornello, PhD
Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Pennsylvania State University
Principle Investigator 

Dr. Tornello received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Virginia. Dr. Tornello’s research has focused broadly on families, parenting, gender, and sexual orientation. The majority of her work has explored the role of family composition in children’s development, parental dynamics, and couple functioning. How do variations (e.g., pathways to parenthood or division of unpaid labor) and changes (e.g., divorce) in family composition relate to family members’ development and functioning? This study will take a step back and look at how people think about becoming parents and their future family. 

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Henny Bos, PhD
Associate Professor, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Research Associate

Henny Bos, Ph.D, is Associate Professor, Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences Graduate School of Pedagogical and Educational Sciences, College of Child Development and Education, Research Institute of Child Development and Education, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Dr. Bos has been conducting a longitudinal study of Dutch lesbian families, has just started a study on surrogate parenting and their children's development, and will also be replicating this study in the Netherlands. Dr. Bos's research interest surround LGBTQ parents, LGBTQ adolescents, and children's development in LGBTQ families. 

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Rachel Stoltz
Research Assistant
Fall 2015

Rachel Stoltz is a sophomore undergraduate student Psychology at Pennsylvania State University-Altoona pursuing a degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. Rachel plans on continuing her degree next year at University Park with a focus on Neuroscience. She is currently part of the Psychology club and Gay-Straight Alliance aka Pride Club. Rachel is a LGBTQ+ activist who in her free time likes to read, write, play Xbox, and ride/take care of her horses.

John Leri
Research Assistant
Summer 2015

John Leri is a junior undergraduate student studying psychology and biology at Psychology at Pennsylvania State University-Altoona.  He will be pursuing a Ph.D in behavioral neuropsychology starting the Fall 2017.  Outside of class he snowboards, lifts weights, and coaches varsity basketball.  He is also a long time soccer official who has expanded into softball; along with track & field.

Kaitlin Bodnar

Research Assistant

Summer 2015

Kaitlin Bodnar is a Junior undergraduate visiting from the University of Pittsburgh and majoring in Psychology. She is pursuing a certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s studies and is an active volunteer at Pittsburgh Action Against Rape. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys the performing arts, hiking, kayaking, and yoga. After graduating, she plans to attend graduate school to further research gender and sexuality issues. 

Madeline Lane
Research Assistant
Fall 2014- Spring 2015

Madeline is a Senior undergraduate student majoring in Psychology at Pennsylvania State University-Altoona. She is involved in Greek Life and is a member of the Health Advisory Board's Sexual Assault and Violence Prevention Committee. Outside of school, she is enlisted in the PA Army National Guard as a behavioral health specialist. When she graduates she plans to continue her education by receiving her masters degree in psychology.

Ashlynne Zankey
Research Assistant
Spring 2015

Ashlynne Zankey is a Junior undergraduate student majoring in Psychology at Pennsylvania State University-Altoona. She enjoys writing, watching movies, and teaching dance to young children. After graduating she plans to attend graduate school for clinical psychology and to eventually work with young children

Noah Ford
Research Assistant
Spring 2015

Noah Ford is a Junior undergraduate student majoring in Psychology, with a double minor in Sociology and Theater Performance from Prospect Park, PA. Noah enjoys traveling and the performing arts. His post-graduation plans will likely involve graduate school, church and/or campus ministry, the U.S. Army Reserve Chaplain Candidate Program, and he hopes to continue working with youth and families, as well as researching the mysteries of psychology.