Who We Are
Kelly E. Cichy, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Kent State University. Her research examines the links between social relationships and health. Specifically, her research agenda focuses on understanding: (a) stress processes within families and the health implications of daily stressful experiences (e.g., conflict, social support demands), and (b) racial disparities in health and well-being. In addition to her main lines of inquiry, her research examines best practices in mentoring and programming to promote undergraduate research, particularly for underserved student populations.
Abigail Recker is a master’s student at Kent State University, studying early childhood education, with a concentration in globalization and intercultural competence. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree from Kent State University in early childhood education in 2017. She holds an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme certification and a K-12 reading endorsement. Her education and research interests include social constructivist approaches to curriculum, supporting diverse student populations through culturally sustaining pedagogy, and LGBTQ+ topics within the field of education.