Current Lab

Alison Miller, PhD

Principal Investigator

Dr. Miller is a developmental psychologist who studies risk and resilience in children and families. Dr. Miller is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education (HBHE) in the UM School of Public Health. She was previously in the Department of Psychiatry (Division of Child and Family Psychiatry) at Brown Medical School.

Hurley Riley, MPH

Data Manager & Coding Coordinator

Hurley received his MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in 2019. He also has a BS in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience from U-M. Prior to rejoining the lab in 2017, Hurley contributed to various projects at the Center for Human Growth and Development involving child media use. He is interested in child development, specifically health behaviors related to child obesity such as sleep and eating. 

Erin McKenna, MSW

Research Assistant


Erin joined the lab in April 2019 as a research assistant for the UH3 AIMS Type 1 Diabetes study. She graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. and from Portland State University with an M.S.W. Prior to joining the lab she worked as an early childhood educator and as a clinician. Erin is interested in children’s social development, parenting and the impacts of violence on children and families.

Liz Ludwig-Borycz, MPH

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Liz is a current Ph.D. student at University of Michigan studying Nutritional Epidemiology. She joined the lab in August 2019. Liz earned her M.P.H. from the University of Michigan in Global Health Epidemiology in May 2019. Prior to attending graduate school, Liz worked as a Global Health Practitioner for four years after completing her B.A. in Political Science at the University of Michigan in 2013

Phoebe Trout

Research Assistant

Phoebe graduated from the University of California at Davis in 2016. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health and Master of Public Policy dual-degree at the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the Child Health and Development Lab in September 2019, Phoebe worked in clinical programming at the Center for Youth Wellness, and in non-profit microfinance at, both in San Francisco, CA. Her interests center around social determinants of health, public education access and quality, and social mobility.


Julia Ammer

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Julia is an undergraduate student at Northwestern University studying social policy. She joined the lab in March 2020. Previously, she worked with Dr. Katie Basham in the Hammer Lab at U of M studying adrenal cancer. She is interested in social determinants of health—specifically those relating to education and food access—and developing policies and interventions to combat inequities faced by children and youth.  

Andrea Daniel

Behavioral Coder

Andrea has been a part of the research team for the past eight years. She joined the lab in 2012 as an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan and has since received her B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology and German. Currently, she is a M.D. candidate in her final year at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Some of her interests include preventative medicine and global health.

Xin Rong Dong

Behavioral Coder

Xin is an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan double majoring in Asian Studies and Psychology. She is interested in how diasporas and multicultural experiences affects child development and health. 

Maggie Lloyd

Behavioral Coder

Maggie is an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. She joined the lab in 2019 because she wanted to learn more about research concerning childhood growth and development.

Chris Giang

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Chris is an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan who plans on majoring in Public Health. He joined the lab in April 2021. His interests center around behavioral responses to grief, loss, and coping seen particularly in children and families.

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