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The Developmental Science Program provides an extraordinarily rich and diverse setting for research and scholarly activities. Program faculty and students take the lead in knowledge development that addresses emerging basic developmental issues as well as pressing social problems. Their research productivity is outstanding, and their success in attracting grant funding for knowledge development is exceptional.

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Jessica Saunders Awarded APA 2017 Hyde Dissertation Grant

Jessica Saunders, pictured with faculty mentor Dr. Asia Eaton, has been awarded the 2017 Hyde Graduate Student Research Grant to fund her dissertation "Individual differences in women's eating disorder recovery trajectories: The role of social-cognitive factors". This highly selective grant is awarded to doctoral psychology students to support feminist research. Made possible through the generosity of Janet Shibley Hyde, Ph.D., this award facilitates groundbreaking empirical research that otherwise might not be possible. For this reason, creativity, strength of proposal to contribute new knowledge to the field, and strong theoretical grounding are given significant importance in the award evaluation process.

Jessica’s faculty advisor, Dr. Asia Eaton, has noted that Jessica is an outstanding emerging scholar who has received numerous research and academic awards in the past. For example, as an incoming student, she was awarded the Presidential Award. This highly competitive award is given to academically talented, incoming doctoral students. Jessica has also had leadership roles in the development of numerous research projects and has two first author publications. These include Body Dissatisfaction in Early Adolescence: The Coactive Roles of Cognitive and Sociocultural Factors which was published in The Journal of Youth and Adolescence. She also published Self-esteem, diet self-efficacy, body mass index, and eating disorders: modeling effects in an ethnically diverse sample in the journal Eating and Weight Disorders.

Jessica Saunders, recipient of APA 2017 Hyde Dissertation Grant, with her faculty mentor Dr. Asia Eaton