• Ph.D. Virginia Tech (1995)
  • M.S. Virginia Tech (1993)
  • B.A. Michigan State University (1982)
Areas of Interest
  • Prenatal development
  • Development of Laterality
  • Attachment
  • Temperament
  • Piagetian Cognitive Theory
  • Freud
  • Developmental Psychobiology
Courses Taught
  • PSYC 110 Child and Adolescent Development
  • PSYC 299 Freud
  • PSYC 327 Developmental Psychology: Theory and Research
  • PSYC 385 Attachment
  • PSYC 399 Developmental Psychobiology
Independent Study Advising


Chapman, Shay: Religious and Spiritual Effects on Mental Health by Sexual Orientation.
Lamarca, Larissa: An Analysis of Attachment to Smartphones and Their Use in Family Households of College Students During the Digital Age.
Marion, Sarah: A+ Child Does Not Equal A+ Parent: Analysis of Parenting Types and Child Attachment Effects on Academic Achievement.
Olszewski, Matthew: The Effects of Masculinity and Attachment on Perceptions of School Shooters and Prevention of School Shootings.
Reedstrom, Lydia: Parasocial Attachment: Framework and Function.
Roney, David: Without a Second Thought: An Investigation of the Impact of the Fundamental Attribution Error on Perceptions of a Young Adult Who Stutters.


Barto-Brown, Nicholas: Video Games’ Impact on Feelings of Aggression: Failure to Acknowledge the Obvious Scapegoat.
Carlson, Elizabeth: Take a Chill Pill: Examining the Effects of De-Stressing on Pain.
Giriraju, Aishu Six: An Extrovert and an Individualist Walk into a Bar: Cultural Influence on the Relationship between Personality and Humor Styles.
Hempy, Danyon: Examining the Effects of Observational Learning Versus Coaching/Feedback on a Basketball Free Throw Shot.
Marlowe, Gabrielle: How Baumrind’s Parenting Styles Affect Children’s Social and Emotional Development.
Samms, Akalia: The Influence of Parenting Styles on College Students Academic Achievements and Personality.
Warstler, Cobi: The Effects of Children’s Literature of Cognitive Empathy, Affective Empathy, and Prosocial Motivation.



Coleman, Jay: Examining the Effect of Attachment Styles on Sternberg’s Love Components and on Loyalty, Voice, Neglect, and Exit in Adult Romantic Relationships.
Hawkins, Sophie: Love at First Swipe: The Accuracy of First-Impression Personality Judgments in the Realm of Mobile Dating Apps.
Levine, Elizabeth: The Effect of Test Assessment Mode on Social Desirability in Children.
Ponzetti, Sammi: Are your Parents to Blame? Parental Involvement’s Effects on College Academic Achievement.
Westcott, David: Correlating Enjoyment of Boarding School Experience with Personality and Attachment.


Saran, Nanak: Influence of Stress on Spatial Orientation


Calli, Sarah: The Influence of Peers Regarding Gender Stereotyped Toys and Behavior in Nursery School Children.
Cohen, Dov: The Efficacy of the Stepping Stones Social Skills Developmental Program.
Garcia, Julia: We are PBS Kids: Influence of Educational Programming and Parental Involvement on Children’s Desire to Learn.
Latsch, Allan: Digit Ratio (2D:4D) as an Indicator of Physical Fitness and Athletic Ability.
Saurman, Milo: The Relationship Between Humans and Their Cell Phone: Is a Cell Phone an Attachment object?


Benefield, Bryce: Attachment and Emotion in Relation to Ideas and Concepts: A Psychological Study and Philosophical Inquiry. (Double Major with Philosophy)
Czerniak, Mitchell: Dad “IS” the Man: An Analysis of the Effects of Father Attachment on Sex, Love, Adult Attachment, and Hostility.
Gurung, Karma: Analysis of Eating Behavior in Autistic Children.
Luton, Draye: Color Exposure and its Effects on the Human Visual System.
Scimecca, Christopher: Thrills and Chills: Studying the Emotional and Physiological Responses of Listening to Pleasant and Unpleasant Music.





Casey, M. B. & Sleigh, M. J. (2014). Prenatal visual experience induces postnatal motor laterality in Japanese quail chicks (Coturnix coturnix japonica). Developmental Psychobiology, DOI:10.1002/dev.21116

Sleigh, M. J. & Casey, M. B. (2014). Prenatal sensory experience affects hatching behavior in domestic chicks (Gallus gallus) and Japanese quail chicks (Coturnix coturnix japonica). Developmental Psychology, DOI:10.1002/dev.21170

Casey, M. B. & Dorman, A. J. (2013). Budgerigar (Melopsitticus undulates) Responsivity to Allospecific Bird Calls. Presented at the 25th Annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington D.C., May 2013.

Casey, M. B. (2011). Influence of Physical Orientation, Turning, and Timing on Hatching Viability in Birds. Presented at the 23rd Annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington D.C., May 2011.