Jessie is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2019. Jessie’s research investigates the mechanisms through which individual and contextual factors are associated with mental and physical health disparities in vulnerable populations. She is particularly interested in understanding how families promote healthy social and emotional development in individuals with special healthcare needs. Jessie is currently working on several projects aimed at understanding how different sub-system family processes (e.g., marital conflict, co-parenting, parent-child relationship quality) impact outcomes for children and youth with autism spectrum disorder.