Jeff Cookston, PhD,
Professor, Department of Psychology
Jeff was born in Florida, raised in Texas, and attended high school in Longview and Carrollton, Texas. He obtained a B.A. from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX in 1992, and got his M.A. and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology - Human Development and Education from the University of Texas at Austin. After a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at Arizona State University in the Prevention and Intervention Research Center, in 2002 he accepted a position at San Francisco State University teaching in the developmental psychology graduate and undergraduate concentration in the Psychology Department.
His research has three foci: fathers, divorce, and preventive interventions for families. He is especially interested in longitudinal methods and finding the right statistical technique for the question, whether it be ethnographic or structural equations modeling.
Before he comes to work each day, while he's there, and after he goes home, Jeff is the father to three and partner to one.
Current Lab Members
- Chase Boyer, MA student beginning fall 2014
- Chase received his B.A. psychology in 2014 from Humboldt State University (HSU). While at HSU, Chase focused on developmental psychology but also assisted in social psychology and psychometrics labs. During his first year in the Developmental Psychology graduate program at San Francisco State University, Chase began researching how parents make vaccination decisions for their children and investigated how parents and adolescents engage in conflict. Currently, he is in the second year of the graduate program and is primarily interested in family conflict, family processes, relationship conflict in emerging adulthood, and longitudinal methods. When he is not working in the FAIR lab, Chase enjoys exploring and hiking the many beautiful landscapes of the bay area and California.
- Allie Morford, MA student beginning fall 2014
- Allie graduated from University of Washington with a BA in Psychology. During her undergraduate, she interned at The Incredible Years, an evidence based intervention program for children with conduct disorder. She also volunteered at Project 1,2,3, GO!, which researches children’s development of self-regulation and emotional competence. After graduation, Allie worked full time for Genentech as a project coordinator for stage four clinical trials in schizophrenia and stroke. She also volunteered at Family Life Center, a residential treatment program for at-risk adolescents. Allie currently work with Dr. Cookston using the data from the Parents and Youth Study to evaluate the measurement consistency of a new measure. Additionally, she is preparing a formative evaluation of Your Brain, Yourself!, a mindset and stress intervention program for children. Allie is interested in studying the predictors of parental distress tolerance across phases of parenthood, and how understanding this normative trajectory relates to child and family outcomes.
- Kenn dela Cruz, MA student beginning fall 2015
- Kenn Dela Cruz graduated UCLA with a B.A. in Psychology and double minor in Applied Developmental Psychology and Education Studies. He worked with Dr. Alma Cortes on an independent research study on the implications of parent involvement in the childcare environment. For the past two years, Kenn worked full time as an infant and toddler teacher at the Loyola Marymount University Children Center. During this time, he worked with Dr. Adam Fingerhut studying LGBT stereotype threat in the healthcare setting. Kenn was also part of the UCLA Psychology of Social Justice Lab, where he worked on various projects focusing on LGBT and adolescent populations. Kenn is currently in the Developmental Psychology master's program at SFSU, where he is working with Dr. Cookston on the Parents and Youth Study investigating guided cognitive reframing. Kenn’s research interests primarily focuses on emotional development and empathy development in early childhood.
Lanie Anton, MA student beginning fall 2013
Lanie recently graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Social Sciences and a minor in Psychology in 2012. While attending Cal Poly, Lanie worked with Restorative Partners, a non-profit organization that focuses helping all those impacted by crime. This allowed her work directly with incarcerated juveniles in a mentoring role, and assist them in rehabilitation. After graduation, she worked with Dr. Gail Goodman in the Developmental Research Lab at UC Davis studying maltreatment in children. Lanie’s research interests include studying risk-taking behaviors, and risk perception in adolescence, and how it relates to peer relations, socioeconomic status, and ethnicity.
Yookyung Lee, MA student beginning Fall 2013
Yookyung graduated from Seoul National University (SNU) in Korea with two majors: Psychology and Korean Music Theory, and a minor: Family and Child Studies. She also has completed all coursework for the master’s program in developmental psychology at SNU, participating in the several projects including the Relationship between Maternal Characteristics and Child Development, Public Social Services for Children, Social Reference, and Korean Multicultural Family. After she came to Bay Area, she worked as an RA in the Culture and Emotion Lab at Stanford University. Currently, she is completing her master’s program in developmental psychology at SFSU, working with Dr. Cookston on the Parents and Youth Study and the Eating and Divorce Project. She has interests in understanding how early stable relationships play a role in buffering against children’s behavior problems, and how such processes differ across cultures.
- Alexandria Sweet, MA student beginning fall 2013
Alexandria graduated from the University of California, San Diego as a Psychology major with an emphasis in Development. There, she worked with Dr. Gail Heymen in UCSD’s Social Cognition Development lab studying preschoolers’ ability to discern reliable sources of information. Additionally, Alexandria worked with Dr.Carmen Pulido in the Adolescent Brain Imaging lab studying the neurological effects of adolescent alcohol and drug abuse. She also has experience as a Behavioral Therapist working with children with Autism and other pervasive developmental disorders. Currently, Alexandria is completing her master’s degree in Developmental Psychology at SFSU, working with Dr. Cookston on the Eating and Divorce Project. She is interested in understanding how parents develop intentions about feeding and other food related parenting-activities and the challenges parents face in following through with these intentions.
- Kaitlyn Fladeboe, MA student beginning fall 2012
Kaitlyn graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2011 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in English. During her time at UCSB, Kaitlyn worked with Dr. Julie Rodgers to complete an honors thesis project examining group affirmation as a buffer against discrimination amongst Latinas. Kaitlyn currently works with Dr. Jeffrey Cookston using data from the Parents and Youth Study to examine parent-child and interparental relationships and their impact on adolescent adjustment over time. Upon completion of the MA program at SFSU, beginning Fall 2014 Kaitlyn will be joining the developmental psychology doctoral program at the University of Washington.
- Susan Mauskopf, MA student beginning fall 2012
- Susan graduated from Wake Forest University with a B.S. in Business and a minor in Psychology. She currently works with Dr. Cookston on the Eating and Divorce Project and on the Mindset Intervention Project. Her research interests include the development of personality and the self; how beliefs about the self inform individuals' beliefs, decision making, goals, and outcomes; how personality and self-views may be preventive or precipitating factors for dysfunction; how self-compassion can be used in applied ways to counter negative self-views; and how to parent self-compassionate children. Her master's thesis explores self-compassion as a potential moderator of the relationship between past experiences of bullying and current psychological functioning in college students. Susan will complete her M.A. in Developmental Psychology at SFSU in May 2014 and will begin her Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley in Fall 2014.
Allison O’Leary, MA student beginning fall 2012
- Allison graduated from California State University Channel Islands with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Sociology.Allison worked as a Behavioral Interventionist for children diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities before she began the Psychology Master's Program at SFSU. She currently works with Dr. Jeffrey Cookston on the Mindset Intervention Project and on the Eating and Divorce Project. Her general research interests include child and adolescent development, parent-child relationships, cultural values, and family dynamics. Her master’s thesis examines the role of culture and family obligation in perceived fairness of parent-child boundary diffusion. Her professional interests include child and family therapy; family transitions; parenting beliefs and practices; behavioral issues; and emotional wellbeing of children and adolescents. After completing her M.A. in Developmental Psychology at SFSU in May, 2014, Allison will continue her education to attain her goal of becoming a licensed child and adolescent psychologist.