Title/Department: MS/PhD student, Human Development and Family Studies
Office Address: 4127 Nancy Nicholas Hall
Tori’s research interests include seeking ways to improve the well-being of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families. Specifically, she is interested in the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of individuals with IDD. As for the family, Tori is interested in looking at the quality and bidirectionality of interactions between family members.
While an undergraduate student, Tori researched how parental involvement impacts the behavioral progress of individuals with Autism (ASD). Currently, she is researching whether physical activity has a protective effect on cognitive decline in individuals with Down Syndrome (DS). She is assessing how different physical activity levels (sedentary and moderate) associate with cognitive functioning and biomarkers of Alzheimer’s Disease (amyloid beta).
Education and Relevant Experience
Tori received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls. Before starting graduate school, Tori worked in the Hartley Lab as a research intern. Her duties included participating in study visits, data entry, reading literature, and developing an understanding of different software (SPSS, ActiLife, etc.). The lab has two major studies: family outcomes in ASD and aging in DS. Much of Tori’s lab work related to the family outcome study, while her research focused on the aging in DS study.