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Dr. Julie C. Dunsmore

Homepage: Dr. Dunsmore's faculty homepage
Phone: (540) 231-4201
Dr. Julie Dunsmore is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Virginia Tech. A native of Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee, she completed high school in Radford, Virginia and earned her B.A. at Emory University and her Ph.D. at Duke University. Before returning to Southwest Virginia, Dr. Dunsmore taught at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY for several years, where her teaching was recognized by the Class of 1963 Excellence in Teaching Award.

Dr. Dunsmore's research has been supported by grants from the Pew Program in Undergraduate Science Education, AdvanceVT, ASPIRES, ISCE, NIMH and NICHD. Dr. Dunsmore is the mother of two children.



Graduate Students

Erika Hernandez



Erika Hernandez completed her B.A. in psychology at Baylor University in 2014 and her M.S. in psychology at Virginia Tech in 2016. She is currently a fifth year graduate student in developmental science. She is interested in emotion socialization and language development in early childhood. With a focus on the preschool-age group, she is also interested in school adjustment in kindergarten and the first grade.





Danhua Zhu



Danhua Zhu is a second year graduate student in Developmental Science. She completed her B.S. in Psychology at Beijing Normal University in 2017. Her research interests include family interactions and the development of children's emotions and prosocial behaviors within and across cultures. She is particularly interested in fathers' role in the socio-emotional development of their children.