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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.




Senior Lab Leaders

Sofia Hirt



Sofia Hirt is a senior and has been with the Social Development Lab for about 3 years now. She has a double major in Psychology and Human Development and a minor in Spanish. She hopes to earn her doctorate in clinical psychology and work with children in a hospital in the future. Aside from academics, she also enjoy traveling and spending time with family and dogs!





Natalie Horne



Natalie Horne is a senior majoring in psychology with a minor in women and gender studies. She plans to continue her education by getting a masters in social work after graduation and becoming a LCSW. She loves kids and hopes to work with children and adolescents with mental health issues!




Karen Talley



Karen Talley is a senior Psychology major and has been in the lab since January 2017. She is planning on getting minors in Language Sciences and Sociology and hoping to add Philosophy as well. Karen has been interested in each project she's been involved in with the lab, but has found a particular interest with narratives about memories that participants believe are important to their development. She hopes to continue working with research in the future, and in her free time, Karen enjoys reading and playing with her dog, Gooseberry.



Hannah Warren



Hannah Warren is a senior psychology major with a minor in sociology. After graduation, she hopes to continue her education by earning her masters and educational specialist degrees in school psychology. She is eager to make a difference in students lives and to help them make the most of their education.”