Natalie Barlett, Ph. D.
Office: BH 418
Dr. Barlett’s primary research interest is to better understand development during emerging adulthood (ages 18-25 years). This is accomplished by asking three questions: 1. What changes occur during this time (e.g., identity exploration, feelings of instability)? 2. Do those changes impact one’s personality (e.g., narcissism), psychological well-being (e.g., worry), and physical health (e.g., sleep)? 3. Which social factors support individuals during their transitional journey (e.g., parenting practices, positive friendships, having quality mentorship)? These questions are also investigated specific to one’s identity and background.
Many undergraduate students are involved in the Barlett Developmental Lab each semester! Students gain experience with the full research process from study design to data collection to presentation. While conducting research is the primary focus of the lab, students also learn many additional skills such as how to read empirical articles more efficiently, how to write like a psychologist, how to mentor new students, and how to work well in a dynamic group setting. We also work on professional development through writing curriculum vitas and graduate school/job applications.
Barlett, C. P., Barlett, N. D., & Chalk, H. M. (2020). Transitioning through emerging adulthood and physical health implications. Emerging Adulthood, 8, 297-305. https://doi.org/10.1177/2167696818814642
Chalk, H., Barlett, C. P., & Barlett, N. D. (2020). Disability self-identification and well-being in emerging adults. Emerging Adulthood, 8, 306-316. https://doi.org/10.1177/2167696818812604
Barlett, N. D. & Barlett, C. P.(2018). Money and job worries as a function of emerging adulthood markers: An analysis of college-aged and adult populations using correlational and longitudinal designs. Journal of Adult Development, 1-13.https://doi.org/10.1007/s10804-018-9302-4
Barlett, C. P. & Barlett, N. D. (2018). Aggression. In J. Bonds-Raacke & J. Raacke (Eds.), Thinking Critically about Social Psychology (2nd Ed.; pp 141-158). Kendall Hunt Publishers: Dubuque, IA.