One of the best aspects of being a professor at Northern Illinois University is the association we have with the members of my research team! Our research team is comprised of both undergraduate and graduate students in the Human Development and Family Sciences Programs at Northern Illinois University. Each of the students on our research team were carefully selected based on their performance in the classroom, as well as their personal passion for helping individuals, couples, and families. We invite you to get know these wonderful researchers by reading their biographies below!
Greetings. I’m a senior at NIU with a major in Human Development and Family Sciences and an emphasis in Family Social Services. I joined the research team because of my respect for Dr. Sibley and Dr. Hawkins, and because this was a great opportunity to combine my two passions of writing and emotional connection/awareness. After graduating in May 2021, I will be going to grad school to get a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. One day I hope to be able to create a healing practice that incorporates the Indigenous healing practices I have been taught along with my degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, so I can offer individuals, couples, and families an array of options for their healing and growth. A fun fact about me is that I moved from DeKalb, IL to Seattle, WA on an Amtrak train back in 2011, and it was one of the best decisions of my life!
Hello! My name is Dianna Coreas. I am a senior here at Northern Illinois University. I am majoring in Human Development and Family Services and Psychology. I am also minoring in Counseling. My plans for after graduation is to attend graduate school to then become a therapist. My goal is to be able to work with children and families, specifically minorities, to help spread mental health awareness, for I know in some cultures it is not well addressed. Most importantly to help others with their emotional well-being and healing journey. I joined the research team because I am eager in helping others along with being able to relate with personal experiences and being on this research team, I will be able to learn about relationships and this experience will provide me with hands on skills which will help me in my future career goals.
Hello! My name is Breanna Terry. I am a Sophomore at Northern Illinois University and majoring in Human Development and Family Sciences with an Emphasis in Family Social Services and minoring in Counseling. My potential goals are to either become a Medical Social Worker, a Family/Marriage Therapist, or work in Foster Care/Adoption agency. I really want to be able to help others whether it is in a medical setting or a child looking for their forever home. I joined the research team because I took Dr. Sibley’s HDFS 284 class and absolutely fell in love with how couples and families interact. I have experienced a lot of different kinds of relationships throughout my life. Whether it was a family, friend, or couple relationship. I really love interacting with people and I cannot wait to learn more about healthy relationships. Some fun facts about me is I am the youngest of 3 and I love to go to the gym to work out!
Hello everyone! My name is Alexandria Garwick, and I am a first-generation senior at Northern Illinois University. I am majoring in Human Development and Family Sciences with an emphasis in Family and Social Services, as well as a minor in Sociology and a certificate in Criminology. My ultimate career goal is to be a school counselor for either middle or high school. My high school counselor helped me get to where I am today and inspired me to go into this line of work. I have a passion for working with couples, families, and children and I just want to gain as much experience and knowledge as I can before leaving NIU. I joined the research team because I love learning and discussing the complexity of relationships, and I think this knowledge will help me in my future endeavors. As I go into my last couple semesters here at NIU, I have begun planning my move to Texas with my fiancé and researching different occupational avenues I want to take once I have graduated.
Hello! My name is Leea Perry and I am a second-year junior at Northern Illinois University. I am a Health and Human Sciences major with an emphasis in Physical Therapy and a minor in Human Development and Family Sciences, and will be graduating a year early in May of 2022. After graduation, my hopes are to further my education at a Doctorate of Physical Therapy program, and eventually becoming a Physical Therapist. My overall goal in my career is to help others, and provide them with support while they may be going through hard times. This led me to pick up my HDFS minor. While physical therapy may help people heal physically, I know that it also comes with healing mentally, and I want to be able to provide that mental and emotional support to those I work with as well. This is why I saw the research team as being such a great opportunity for me, and I am so excited to begin my studies!
Hi everyone! My name is Jasmine Diaz Flores. I am a Senior at Northern Illinois University. I am majoring in Human Development and Family Sciences with an emphasis in Family Social Services. I chose this major because I believe it has built a strong foundation for the future. After I obtain my bachelors, I plan on pursuing my master’s degree in clinical mental health to become a therapist. I dream of working with the Hispanic population due to the ongoing mental health stigma this population faces. My overall goal is to provide culturally sensitive therapy all while aiming to promote emotional well-being, healing past/current wounds, and leading young individuals on the right path of finding their purpose.
Hello! My name is Evy Strohm and I am a Junior at Northern Illinois University. I am majoring in Psychology and have two minors in Family and Child Studies and Counseling. I am passionate about helping people and love working with children. After I complete my undergraduate degree, I have plans to further my education to work towards my career goal to become a therapist. I hope that I can help people live happy and healthy lives. I joined this research team because I wanted to learn more about the factors that contribute to entering and maintaining a healthy relationship. I believe that this team will help me grow personally and professionally and I am looking forward to seeing what the upcoming semester has in store. A fun fact about me is that I have a twin sister that is also a student at NIU.
Hello! My name is Lauren Rice. I am a senior at Northern Illinois University (NIU). My major is Human Development and Family Sciences with an emphasis in Family Social Services. I am also obtaining a minor in sociology with a criminology certificate. I have a passion for helping people. My ultimate career goal is to become a school social worker. I love working with the adolescent population. The reason why I joined the research team is because I wanted to continue to grow my professional skills. I also wanted more experience with research and working with staff members and students. After I graduate, I plan to attend graduate school pursuing my interest in school social work. Something you should know about me is I love to cook. I love creating new recipes and making meals for my friends and family.