Current Graduate Students/Staff



Ellen Kolomeyer, M.S.

Ellen Kolomeyer is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Central Florida. Ellen received her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Child Development from Florida State University and her M.S. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida. Ellen’s clinical work focuses on relationship-based and cognitive behavioral interventions for culturally and economically diverse children and parents seen within the Understanding Children and Families Lab as well as in high-risk community organizations. Ellen’s research has focused primarily on intergenerational patterns of adverse childhood experiences as they relate to parenting behaviors and child outcomes.

J’Nelle Stephenson, M.A.

J’Nelle Stephenson joined the Understanding Young Children and Families laboratory when she entered the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at UCF in 2015.  She is currently working on her Master’s Thesis, which is a retrospective study examining the impact of first generation domestic violence (DV) exposure on second generation young child outcomes. The question being asked is if variables such as romantic relationship patterns, parenting styles, and reflective functioning as experienced by  parents who have experienced DV are related to parents’ own childhood experiences of DV and to their young children’s outcomes.

Maria Khan, M.S.

Maria Khan joined the Understanding Young Children and Families laboratory as a Clinical Psychology doctoral student in 2014.  Ms. Khan received her B.A. in Honors Psychology from Wayne State University and is currently working on her Master’s Thesis at the University of Central Florida.  Throughout her graduate research and clinical work, Ms. Khan has worked with young children, parents, and families with emotional and behavioral difficulties and experiences of trauma.  Specifically, Ms. Khan is interested in how experience of past trauma affects mothers’ parenting behaviors and attachment relationship with their young children.