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Research Team

Graduate Students

Jaely Deleon-Wright headshotJaely Deleon-Wright

Jaely earned her master’s degree in psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma. She has worked in clinical and research settings throughout her career. More recently, she has accepted an offer from Oklahoma State University and looks forward to working towards a Ph.D. in experimental psychology – with a developmental track. Her research focus is on how childhood adversity can influence development, especially those in marginalized and under-served communities. When Jaely isn’t immersing herself in research, she unwinds by diving into books, podcasts and a good Taylor Swift play list. She also enjoys traveling, making memories with her family and visiting local coffee shops.

Undergraduate Students

Samia Aguilar headshotSamia Aguilar

Samia is an undergraduate student at Oklahoma State University studying psychology and criminology. She is interested in studying the various aspects of race and how they affect child development in the early ages. She is the president of Anti-Trafficking Student Association and has a passion for fighting human trafficking.



Claire Anderson headshotClaire Anderson

Claire is a third-year undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in psychology with a minor in child development. Her main research interests include socioemotional development within the context of family and culture and different parenting practices. In the future, she plans on attending graduate school to pursue a doctorate in Human Development and Family Sciences. She would like to become a professor and continue conducting research to help build better, stronger families.


Adam Dayani headshotAdam Dayani

Adam is from Carrollton, Texas. He is interested in researching developmental psychology due to its impact on adulthood success, individual well-being and quality of life. Understanding developmental psychology is crucial for informing educational practices, parenting strategies and societal policies. It also helps us understand behaviors that can impact mental health and interpersonal relationships. He believes this knowledge and understanding that he gains through research will help him improve the quality of care and treatment he provides to future patients as an aspiring psychiatrist.

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