HDFS Welcomes New Faculty
The Department of Human Development and Family Studies is delighted to announce the arrival of two new tenure-track faculty members, Dr. Kimberly Nesbitt, Assistant Professor, and Dr. Jill Trumbell, Assistant Professor.
Kimberly Nesbitt, Ph.D.
Dr. Nesbitt completed her Ph.D. in Lifespan Developmental Psychology in 2010 at North Carolina State University, where her research focused on understanding the development of executive function and memory in young children, with a particular focus on the effects of growing up in poverty. After finishing her graduate work, she accepted an Institute of Education Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody Research Institute, where she focused on understanding how young children’s executive function skills enable children to adapt to the early classroom climate and identifying early education practices associated with improvements in young children’s cognitive development.
Currently, Dr. Nesbitt’s research focuses the internal processes and external influences that enhance or disrupt young children’s cognitive development. She is also pursuing a line of applied research that examines the educational and instructional practices that contribute to the emergence of more sophisticated cognitive abilities and enable young children from diverse backgrounds to learn and achieve in early educational environments.
Dr. Nesbitt has a strong theoretical orientation in developmental systems theory, an affinity for multidisciplinary research, and extensive knowledge of child development, advanced multivariate statistics, and field-based and experimental methodologies. Her expertise emphasizes both exploratory and causal designs, including longitudinal research and randomized experimental trials. She strives to leverage her expertise and knowledge to directly impact the lives of young children through collaborations and outreach with early childhood organizations and schools.
Jill Trumbell, Ph.D.
Dr. Trumbell received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Purdue University in August of 2014 and prior to coming to UNH was employed by Purdue HDFS as a visiting instructor. Her research interests focus on using multi-method approaches (e.g., behavioral, psychological, and physiological) to explore mother-child relationship processes during infancy and early childhood and understand how those processes impact concurrent and subsequent development. She is particularly interested in factors promoting the development and maintenance of healthy attachment relationships during infancy and early childhood.
Dr. Trumbell has also taken advantage of numerous opportunities to teach at the undergraduate level, and she is looking forward to expanding her teaching experience to graduate education. At the undergraduate level, she has been a teaching assistant and instructor for introductory courses in family processes and human development and has received favorable reviews. Dr. Trumbell hopes to continue her research program at UNH and is looking forward to teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.