People

Faculty and Staff

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Anthony Burrow

Dr. Anthony Burrow is the director of PRYDE, an associate professor in the Department of Human Development, and director of the Purpose and Identity Processes Laboratory. He is also a Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research (BCTR) faculty affiliate. Anthony’s research focuses on topics related to youth purpose, identity processes, and race-related experiences encountered by ethnic minority adolescents and young adults. He studies the role of purpose in the lives of young people and how and to what extent a sense of purpose can promote positive adjustment outcomes.

Kristen Elmore

Dr. Kristen Elmore is the assistant director of PRYDE. She completed her doctoral training in Social Psychology and Social Work at the University of Michigan. Kristen’s research examines the self, identity processes, and motivation in the domains of health and education. Much of her work studies how social contextual factors shape adolescents’ identity development.

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Karl Pillemer

Dr. Karl Pillemer is a faculty affiliate of PRYDE and Senior Associate Dean for Research and Outreach in the College of Human Ecology. He is also the Hazel E. Reed Professor in the Department of Human Development and professor of gerontology in medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College. His research interests center on human development over the life course, with a special emphasis on family and social relationships in middle age and beyond. He has created and tested many intervention programs, particularly in long-term care and in active aging.

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Elaine Wethington

Dr. Elaine Wethington is a faculty affiliate of PRYDE, co-director of Cornell’s Translational Research Institute for Pain in Later Life, and she is a professor in the Department of Human Development and the Department of Sociology at Cornell University. Dr. Wethington is a medical sociologist and her research interests include stress, protective mechanisms of social support, aging, and translational research methods.

 

Jane Mendle

Dr. Jane Mendle is a faculty affiliate of PRYDE, an assistant professor of human development in the College of Human Ecology (CHE), and director of the Adolescent Transition Lab. Jane is also a BCTR faculty affiliate. She joined the CHE faculty in Fall 2011, following three years as an assistant professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Oregon. Her research focuses on adolescence – primarily how different aspects of puberty lay the groundwork for future adjustment or maladjustment.

Andrew Turner

Dr. Andrew Turner is the state leader for the 4-H Youth Development Program. Turner began his tenure at Cornell in 2012 as an assistant director for Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE), after a 23-year career with CCE as an educator in 4-H Youth Development, natural resources, and as executive director in Greene and Columbia Counties. As the state 4-H leader, Andy works with a team of specialist and support staff and in close partnership with the director of Cooperative Extension in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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Dr. Tamar Kushnir is a PRYDE Scholar faculty mentor, an associate professor in the Department of Human Development, and the director of the Early Childhood Cognition Laboratory. She received her M.A. in statistics and Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Michigan. Dr. Kushnir's research examines mechanisms of learning in young children, with a focus on social learning.

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Jane Powers

Dr. Jane Powers is a PRYDE Scholar faculty mentor, senior extension associate at the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, and the PI and Project Director for the Assets Coming Together (ACT) for Youth Center for Community Action. Her research interests include positive youth development, evaluation of community based programs, implementation science, adolescent sexual health, child abuse and neglect, and youth homelessness. Dr. Powers received her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Cornell University in 1985.

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Eve De Rosa

Dr. Eve De Rosa is a PRYDE Scholar faculty mentor, an associate professor in the Department of Human Development, and the Rebecca Q. and James C. Morgan Sesquicentennial Fellow in the College of Human Ecology. Her work can be best described as comparative cognitive neuroscience, which is characterized by two related approaches: 1) a cross-species approach, comparing rat models of the neurochemistry of attention and learning to humans and 2) the lifespan approach, examining the cholinergic hypothesis of age-related changes in cognition. She received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Harvard University, and then trained in human neuroscience as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University School of Medicine.

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Dr. Gary Evans is a PRYDE Scholar faculty mentor. He is the Elizabeth Lee Vincent Professor of design and environmental analysis and human development in the College of Human Ecology. Dr. Evans is interested in how the physical environment affects human health and well-being among children. His specific areas of expertise include the environment of childhood poverty, children's environments (housing, schools, playgrounds, toys), cumulative risk and child development, environmental stressors, and the development of children's environmental attitudes and behaviors.

Marie Cope

Marie Cope is a research support specialist in the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research (BCTR). Her background is in public health and social work, and she’s interested in health and well-being across the lifespan. She received her MPH and MSW from the University of Michigan, and her BA from Earlham College. She assists with research, evaluation, and dissemination efforts for PRYDE and the Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging.

Esther Kim

Esther Kim is PRYDE’s program assistant. She received her BS in psychology with minors in law and society and creative writing from Cornell in May 2017. As an undergrad, Esther was a research assistant with the Behavioral Analysis of the Beginning Years Lab, helping with projects relating to early infant language acquisition in a social context. She also conducted independent research projects on female minority experiences in the public education system and the psycho-social impacts of sibling relationships as a research scholar under the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives. She is interested in positive youth development research and hopes to attend graduate school in the future.

 

4-H Work Team

Heidi Feltz

Heidi Feltz is the Lead 4-H program educator in Niagara County.  She holds a Master’s of Professional Studies from Cornell University and is a permanently certified NYS Agriculture Teacher.  Heidi has a broad range of experience with formal and informal youth development programming from being a Future Farmers of America (FFA) advisor to being part of a family operated agri-tourism business.  She comes from a multi-generational 4-H family, as her grandparents, parents, and siblings have also been actively involved in 4-H for decades.

melanie Forstrom

With 15 years of experience in youth development, Melanie Forstrom has worked with a varied cross section of youth and adults ranging from homeless teens in DC to overage, under-credited youth in NYC. She has been in her current role of 4-H Program Leader in Ulster County just over 5 years. In this role she has conducted 4-H practitioner inquiry studies about the subjectivity of 4-H Public Presentation Evaluators with the goal of making them more objective; recommended staffing ratios for county 4-H programming; and led initiatives to regionalize programs and work more efficiently across county, regional, and state lines.  Melanie feels strongly about the need for academic and practitioner staff to work more closely together to meet community needs and plan and evaluate programs.

 

June Mead

June Mead is the state project director for New York 4-H Youth CAN (Community Action Network), a federally funded afterschool program serving high need, at-risk youth in Albany and Buffalo; and state program manager for the 4-H National Mentoring Program, operating in New York City, and in Broome, Erie, Franklin, Suffolk, Tompkins, and Ulster Counties.  June co-facilitates the Extended Learning Network of Broome and Tioga, a regional chapter of the NYS Network for Youth Success.  Her work has been supported by Cornell Cooperative Extension, Ford Foundation, New York State Dept. of Education, National 4-H Council, U. S. Dept. of Agriculture – National Institute for Food and Agriculture, U. S. Dept. of Education, U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Dept. of the Treasury, and the United Way of Broome County.

Melissa C. Schroeder

Melissa C. Shroeder is the Youth and Family Development Program Director at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Schuyler County. Sheis interested in fostering positive youth development and the engaging in the practitioner side of research. In the past Melissa has participated in the Research Navigator Program, helped pilot the New York State PROSPER (PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience) project, and hosted a College of Human Ecology student intern as part of PROSPER.  She serves as co-chair, with Jutta Dotterweich (Act for Youth), of the Risk and Thriving in Adolescence Program Work Team (PWT) and is a member of the New York State Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Educators Association (NYSACCE4-HE).

Jessica Spence

Jessica Spence is the 4-H Team Coordinator at Wayne County Cornell Cooperative Extension.  She is responsible for providing leadership for the coordination, development, and implementation of the 4-H Youth Development program, including training and supervision of educators and volunteers.  Jessica is a member of the state-wide 4-H Diversity and Inclusivity Cohort, the State-Wide 4-H Action Group, the Risk and Thriving in Adolescence Program Work Team, and the Healthy Eating, Active Living Program Work Team.

Barb Stevens

Barb Stevens is the 4-H Issue Leader for Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County.  She has been a part of the staff there for more than 30 years and is currently working with the Master Gardener Program as well. Barb enjoys watching youth grow into productive young adults and helping people understand just how important youth are in our world today.

Megan Tifft

Dr. Megan Tifft’s career in the Cooperative Extension 4-H Program began shortly after she graduated from the University of Vermont (UVM).  At age 21 she began her 4-H career in two counties in southern Vermont.  After receiving her graduate degree from UVM, she moved across the country to accept a position as a 4-H agent in Colorado.  She later moved back east to be closer to family.  She has been the 4-H Youth, Family, and Community Development issue leader for Cornell Cooperative Extension in Tompkins County for 13 years.  In 2016 she received her Doctorate in Education from St. John Fisher College.

 
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Nahisha Alabre

Nahisha Alabre is a junior majoring in Human Development. As a PRYDE Scholar, she is working under the mentorship of Dr. Eve DeRosa in the Brainsets and K-12 Academic Achievement lab. After Cornell, she aspires to go on to graduate school to study matters along the line of choice and ability perception in at-risk youth. She knows her work with Dr. DeRosa will have an impact on her because growth mindset has been something she has struggled with and is excited to see the different ways that it can be translated into the research that she hopes to do in the future.

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Julia Bujno

Julia Bujno is a junior majoring in Human Biology, Health, and Society and minoring in Inequality Studies. As a PRYDE scholar, she is working with Professor Gary Evans to investigate the relationship between childhood poverty and planning skills. By implementing translational research methods, she hopes to identify needs and serve communities where the "income-achievement gap" is prominent. Julia is interested in examining the effects of poverty on health by pursuing a graduate degree in Public Health.

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Morgan Chadwick

Morgan Chadwick is a junior in the College of Human Ecology studying Nutritional Sciences. Through the PRYDE Scholars Program, she works in Dr. Eve De Rosa's lab researching the effects of growth mindset and purpose on academic achievement in young children. Morgan plans on going to medical school after graduating from Cornell.

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Patrick Crossen

Patrick Crossen is a junior majoring in Human Biology, Health, and Society. He is working in Dr. Anthony Burrow’s Purpose and Identity Processes Lab to investigate how purpose can be used to improve socioemotional development in youth. After graduation, he hopes to attend medical school in order to continue to make a positive impact on people.

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Adjoa Fosuhema-Kordie

Adjoa Fosuhema-Kordie is a junior Human Development Major with a minor in nutritional sciences. As a PRYDE Scholar, she works under Dr. Eve De Rosa on the Brainsets and K-12 Academic Achievement Project. Adjoa is interested in the role of biological, environmental and sociocultural factors on health and nutrition outcomes. After graduating for Cornell, she plans to attend medical school and use the knowledge she gains in her research to inform the way she practices medicine.

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Neha Kaul

Neha Kaul is a junior majoring in Global and Public Health Sciences. She is working with Professor Tamar Kushnir in the Early Childhood Cognition Lab. After graduation, she hopes to one day attend medical school and/or obtain an MPH.

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Gaby Kubi

Gaby Kubi is a junior studying Human Development, pursuing minors in Education and Inequality Studies. She works with Dr. Jane Mendle in the Adolescent Transitions lab on an expressive writing intervention meant to ease youth's experiences with puberty. Gaby's interests include the intersection of education and mental health, adolescent decision making, stereotype threat, mental health in minority families, and educational (in)equity for students of disadvantaged backgrounds. She hopes to pursue a PhD in counseling as well as to become a professor at a community or teaching college.