One of the best aspects of being a professor at Northern Illinois University is the association I have with the members of my research team! My 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 my research team were carefully selected based on their performance in the classroom, as well as their personal passion for helping individuals, couples, and families. I invite you to get know these wonderful researchers by reading their biographies below!
Hello, my name is Brandi Coleman. I am undergraduate student at Northern Illinois University. I am a double major in Psychology and Human Development and Family Sciences with an emphasis in Family Social Services, and I am taking the necessary course work to receive credentials as a Certified Family Life Educator. I have a true passion for families; however, my heart is with the youth. Currently, I am mentor in the DeKalb School District 428, through the African American Mentor Program. Furthering the lives of adolescents and young adults is my calling, and my goal is to empower the younger generations. I believe that being part of Dr. Sibley’s research is a stepping stone for me to gain more knowledge and understanding about relationships and families.
Hello, my name is Sarah Hayes. I am an undergraduate student at Northern Illinois University. I am majoring in Human Development and Family Sciences with an emphasis in Family Social Services. I chose this field of study because I have always had a strong desire to help others through many of life's trials. I believe being part of Dr. Sibley's research team will provide me with tools to use in my future endeavors. I joined the research team so I can get more in-depth knowledge into families and relationships, as well as network with others who are working towards the same goals as I am. I know that one day I will be able to take what I have learned through our research and studying and use it to benefit others in their relationships, family life and overall well-being.
Hello, my name is Brigette Jajko. I am currently an undergraduate student at Northern Illinois University. I am majoring in Human Development and Family Sciences with an emphasis in Family Social Services. I am fascinated with how families grow and the similarities and differences each family experiences throughout life. My passion is studying couples and how they decide to handle different obstacles that come their way. As a new member of the Research Team I look forward to expanding my knowledge on relationships, couples, and families! Joining the Research Team has made me excited to work with a great group of intelligent students! This opportunity has made me excited and ready for what is in stored for my future!
I am a third-year undergraduate student majoring in psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Sciences. My love for my major only continues to grow as does my expansion of knowledge on the topic. I see myself going on to work with young people in counseling and even obtaining my master’s degree one day. My only hope is to make a difference in people's lives and to help them overcome whatever trauma or stress they may be facing. I joined the research team because I believe it will be an opportunity for me to grow as an individual and as a student. My hope is to create more connections that may be beneficial to my future as well developing a better understanding of research.
I am an undergraduate junior majoring in Human Development and Family Sciences with an emphasis in Family Social Services and a minor in Deafness. I am on this research team because family dynamics and relationships are concepts that I am passionate about and can talk about for hours. Being surrounded by other individuals who are also passionate about relationships. Personally, I am interested in further researching on the way dating has changed today and the new stages that have emerged in recent decades. My future goal is to one day become a marriage and family therapist and to help others better succeed in their relationships.
Hello! My name is Samantha Niklas-Robey. I am a post-traditional Junior at Northern Illinois University. I am majoring in Human Development and Family Sciences with an emphasis in Child Development and a sub-emphasis in Family and Infant Studies. My goal is to start a career as a Developmental Therapist at Starved Rock Regional Center for Therapy and Child Development, daycare center that I work at. I look forward to helping children and families overcome any potential developmental barrier. I joined the research team because I have a lot of adverse life experiences when it comes to relationships of all kinds and it is nice to dive into research to understand where breakdowns were. I also just love studying relationships and people and I just want to learn more about having healthy relationships. Aside from my schooling, I am the mommy to a beautiful 4-year-old girl and the girlfriend of 2 years to a firefighter.
Hello, my name is Mark Oliveras. I am a current senior at Northern Illinois University. I am currently a double major in Psychology and Human Development and Family Science with an emphasis in Family and Individual Development, and I am also receiving a certificate in Adolescent Studies. My future goal is to become a clinical child psychologist and to help children and their families deal with mental illness/disorders and possibly any other problems that they may have. I am very much interested in doing research and being on this team will expand my research knowledge. I also currently doing research within another lab within the psychology department at NIU.
Hello! My name is Gabrielle Sims. I am an undergraduate student at Northern Illinois University. I am majoring in Human Development and Family Sciences with an emphasis in Family Social Services and a minor in Spanish. I have a passion for helping families and children, which is why I chose this field of study. I joined the research team to get a better understanding of family dynamics and get experience in the field that will help me in my future endeavors. This is an amazing opportunity to be mentored by notable faculty member and to network with others who have the same interests and passions as I do. I believe being a part of Dr. Sibley’s Research Team will provide me with the tools to help families, individuals, and our community as a whole.
My name is Amanda Treptow and I am a senior undergraduate student at Northern Illinois University. I am studying Human Development and Family Sciences with an emphasis in Family Social Services. I am fluent in American Sign Language and began learning the language in elementary school. I plan on attending graduate school to pursue my master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy to work with foster children and their families. I am on the Blog Committee for Dr. Sibley’s Research Team as well.
Hi there! I am a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Human Development and Family Sciences with an emphasis in Family Social Services. I am also currently working towards getting my Certified Family Life Educator certification. I have always been passionate about helping others and making sure that people give their all to be the best versions of themselves. I hope to fulfil my career goal and become a school counselor at a junior high. I want to make a difference and succeed in helping those who are struggling. Being on this team is a great opportunity that I am very excited about, and I cannot wait to work on my writing and learn many new things along the way!