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Kelly Ngigi
Kelly Ngigi
Graduate student
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Summary Statement

Ms. Ngigi focuses on adolescent development (social-emotional), psychological risk and positive well-being, family context, parent-adolescent relationships, and family-centered prevention and intervention research for adolescent emotional and behavioral problems.

  • Graduate Student
  • Masters of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, Penn State University, 2022
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, minor in Human Development, Washington State University, 2020
  • Associates of Arts in Psychology, Highline College, 2017
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Professional Experience

Awards and honors:

  • 2020 Edward R. and Helen Skade Hintz Graduate Fellowship, Penn State University
  • 2020 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Senior in Psychology, Washington State University
  • Ronald E. McNair Scholar, Washington State University
  • Transfer Clearinghouse Ambassador Award, Washington State University
  • Umoja Black Scholar, Highline College
  • Ngigi, K. W., Fosco, G. M., Bai, S. (in prep) Predicting Parent-Adolescent Relationship Quality: Testing Closeness Lability and Parent Empathy. Manuscript in preparation for publication.
  • Ngigi, K. W., Bai, S., Santos, A. R. (in prep) Parental aggravation, daily demands, and emotional support associated with worse mental health among mothers in the United States. Manuscript in preparation for publication.
  • Jones, A.A., Strong-Jones, S., Bishop, R., Brant, K., Owczarzak, J., Ngigi, K. W., Latkin, C. (2023) The impact of family systems and social networks on substance use initiation and recovery among women with substance use disorders. Manuscript submitted.
  • Schade, S. A., Shirzad, K., Hanna, S. R., Ngigi, K. W., Bai, S., & Agans, J. P. (2023) The impact of leisure constraints on physical activity among parent-adolescent dyads. Manuscript submitted.
  • Ngigi, K. W., Bai, S., Fosco, G. M. (2022) The role of parental empathy in parent-adolescent relationship quality. Masters Thesis in fulfillment of the Masters of Science Degree.