- Dr. Patrick Davies - Dr. Marcie Goeke-Morey - Dr. Gordon Harold - Dr. Scott Maxwell -- Dr. Tina Merrilees
- Dr. Trish Mitchell - Dr. Dave Smith - Dr. Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan - Dr. Laura Taylor

Patrick Davies, Ph.D.

University of Rochester
Assistant Professor

P.O. Box 270266
Rochester, NY 14627-0266

Dr. Davies' broad area of interest lies in children's socio-emotional adaptation and maladaptation within the context of close interpersonal relationships, especially in family contexts. His three major research aims include: (a) delineating the processes (e.g., emotional reactivity, coping, appraisals) underlying links between family and interparental discord and children's social and emotional adjustment; (b) examining the effects on interparental conflict on children in the context of broader family relationships and systems; and (c) charting familial and psychosocial pathways responsible for the risk posed by parental distress and maladjustment (e.g., parental depressive symptoms, alcohol problems). His secondary interest lies in understanding the developmental nature, causes, and sequelae of adolescent romantic relationships.

For more information concerning Dr. Davies' research visit his websites at the University of Rochester's Faculty Index or the University of Rochester's Department of Psychology.

Marcie Goeke-Morey, Ph.D.

Catholic University
Assistant Professor

328 O'Boyle

Dr. Goeke-Morey is currently an assistant professor in the Psychology department at Catholic University. For more information concerning Dr. Goeke-Morey's research visit her faculty website.

Gordon Harold, Ph.D.

Cardiff University
School of Psychology

Tower Block Building
Cardiff CF1 3YG
Wales, UK
Tel. 01222 874007

Dr. Harold's interests fall into two primary domains. First, he is interested in the role of family environment, especially marital and parent-child conflict, in accounting for the onset and development of children's emotional and behavioral problems. Specifically, he is interested in the role of children's perceptions of parent and parent-child interaction as they relate to the development of children's depressive symptoms and aggressive behaviors. He is also keenly interested in the different ways in which boys and girls respond to and cope with daily family stress, as well as the role of possible protective factors such as support from siblings, peers and other adults (e.g. a teacher) in reducing the negative impact of aversive family events. Second, he is interested in methodological issues associated with the analysis of longitudinal family data.

For more information concerning Dr. Harold's research visit his faculty website at Cardiff University's School of Psychology.

Scott Maxwell, Ph.D.

University of Notre Dame
Matthew A. Fitzsimon
Chair in Psychology

216 Haggar Hall
Notre Dame, IN

Dr. Maxwell's research interests are in the areas of research methodology, statistics, and individual differences especially in the domains of abilities and intelligence. His research includes statistical analyses of discrimination in employment selection, college admissions, and salary administration. Dr. Maxwell's teaching interests span courses in research methodology, statistics, structural equation modeling, tests and measurement, and differential psychology.

For more information concerning Dr. Maxwell's research visit his faculty website at the University of Notre Dame's Department of Psychology.

Tina Merrilees, Ph.D.

SUNY Geneseo
Visting Assistant Professor


Dr. Christine (Tina) Merrilees is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Psychology department at SUNY Geneseo. She has a research focus on the interplay between emotional and social processes as they relate to psychological adjustment and inter-group attitudes and behaviors. Dr. Merrilees has contributed to the Northern Ireland Project since its initiation in 2004. She has first-authored and co-authored a number of papers on child development, parenting, psychopathology, and social identity.

Trish Mitchell, Ph.D.


North Central College
Psychology Professor
Naperville, IL

Patricia Mitchell recently graduated with her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Notre Dame and worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Family Studies Center. Her primary research interests include the effects that fathers’ conflict, parenting, and psychological symptoms have on children’s and adolescents' emotional security and developmental outcomes (i.e. substance use, delinquency, etc). She is also interested in prevention and intervention work for families and children. She is currently working at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.

Dave Smith, Ph.D.

University of Notre Dame
Associate Professor

109 Haggar Hall
Notre Dame, IN

Dr. Smith's research has been in two non-overlapping areas, marital discord and schizophrenia, with his most recent emphasis in the marital area. In particular, he has been conducting laboratory studies of the development, maintenance, treatment, and prevention of destructive marital attributions, using an experimental gaming model. In addition to research into couple attributional processes, Dr. Smith has also been studying the links between marital discord and depression using daily diaries and multi-level modeling. Dr. Smith's schizophrenia studies have been in the areas of brain event-related electrical potentials and affect.

For more information concerning Dr. Smith's research visit his faculty website at the University of Notre Dame's Department of Psychology or Dr. Smith's personal website.

Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan, Ph.D.


Dr. Schoppe-Sullivan is an assistant professor at Ohio State University. She is currently collaborating with Dr. Cummings on a number of research projects at Notre Dame. For more information concerning Dr. Schoppe-Sullivan's research visit her faculty website.

Laura Taylor, Ph.D.

University of North Carolina - Greensboro
Assistant Professor


Dr. Laura Taylor is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at UNCG. Her current research applies a risk and resilience framework, within a developmental psychopathology approach, to examine the impact of political violence on children, families, and communities in Colombia, Croatia and Northern Ireland.


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