Assistant Research Professor
Department of Psychology
Arizona State University
Dr. Ha received her PhD in Developmental Psychopathology from the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. She was a post-doc and Assistant Research Professor in the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University.
Using a developmental psychopathology framework, she investigates how partner choices, relationship dynamics, and break-ups relate to adolescents’ well-being over time. The goal of this research is to better understand why some adolescents are highly vulnerable to their relationship experiences. Dr. Ha incorporates a variety of methods in this research, such as observations of adolescent couples’ interactions, dual EEG measurements, twice-weekly diaries, and physical and hormonal stress methodologies. She is particularly interested in how dyadic behavioral attunement relates to stress physiology. Additionally, she is interested in how neurocognitive responses to partner rejection and acceptance predict adrenocortical reactivity in adolescent romantic couples.