Jonathan Adams


Jonathan began working in our lab as a volunteer research assistant as a junior undergraduate student at nearby Samford University, my alma mater.  He was anxious to hone his research skills in advance of graduate school applications.  Jonathan quickly proved himself to be an adept researcher, and I was able to help him develop his first national poster presentation.  We were then lucky enough to have Jonathan choose our institution for his graduate studies.  In the time since then, I have continued to supervise Jonathan in the Youth Development Lab.  His attention to detail and conscientiousness made him an excellent research assistant, and I was able to easily train him to co-manage the lab with me.  After I graduated in December 2016, Jonathan transitioned to running the lab full-time, and he has done an excellent job of it.  The research productivity of our undergraduate students has flourished under his lead.


First national conference, SRA 2014


In addition, Jonathan has also acted as my TA for Psychology 101 twice, and I do not know how I would have survived having 270 students without him.  His guest lectures on Gender & Sexuality and Personality were some of the most well-received of the semester and he has an appreciation for the importance of good pedagogy that matches mine.  It also doesn’t hurt that, as a fellow geek, he both appreciates and enables my in-class fandom references.  One of Jonathan’s tenures as my TA served as the first half of our program mandated teaching practicum, during which time Jonathan observed my teaching practices and created his own syllabus and course materials, in preparation for leading his own course section.  To my great pride, Jonathan has not only completed our the second half of the practicum to rave reviews, but he continues to serve as an adjunct instructor for the department.  Now he is the one managing large scale classes, and he does an admirable job of it.

jonathan thesis defense
At Jonathan’s Master’s thesis defense

Research Collaborations:

Henry, M. A., Adams, J., Stager, L., & Mrug, S. (2017). “Puberty Moderates Effects of the Parent-Adolescent Relationship on Adolescent Internalizing and Externalizing” (in preparation).

Adams, J., Henry, M. A., & Mrug. S. (2014, March). Peer Victimization and Support of Sexual Minority Children from Preadolescence to Early Adolescence. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Adolescence, Austin, TX.

Jonathan’s Feedback:

“I am incredibly grateful for Meredith Henry’s guidance during my time as both an undergraduate intern and a graduate student at the UAB Youth Development Lab. Meredith has consistently encouraged both undergraduate and graduate students to take advantage of every opportunity UAB has to offer. Furthermore, she has been instrumental in helping others and myself develop and perform original research. In particular, her guidance in statistics, both in classroom and one-on-one contexts, has proven especially helpful and practical. Thanks for everything, Meredith!”

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