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Jessica Resor

Jessica Resor, Ph.D Student in Family Studies

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Jessica Resor, Ph.D Student in Family Studies

Department of Human Development and Family Science

Jessica Resor is a Ph.D. candidate in Human Development at Virginia Tech. Her program area is Family Studies, and she is advised by Dr. Erika Grafsky. Her research focuses on family processes and how families use technology to communicate. Jessica approaches research from a family systems perspective and emphasizes a trauma-informed approach to working with families and youth. Through her dissertation, Jessica is examining the family processes enacted through family group chats (text messaging). Jessica’s dissertation is qualitative and has two forms of data: multi-family member group interviews and text message collection.

Jessica received her B.S. in Extension Education and B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from NC State University in Raleigh, NC. She earned her MS in Human Development and Family Science from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. Her thesis focused on Birth-Kindergarten pre-service teachers’ experience with nutrition education. She is projected to finish her Ph.D. in Human Development in fall of 2021.

  • Family Processes
  • Family Communication
  • Families and Technology
  • Qualitative Methods
  • MS in Human Development and Family Science, East Carolina University, 2018
  • BA in Spanish Language and Literature, NC State University, 2016
  • BS in Extension Education, NC State University, 2016
  • 3rd place oral presentation at the 2021 Virginia Tech GSA Graduate Research Symposium for presentation titled “Something blue, something novel: Multi-method study on family group chats
  • 3rd place oral presentation in “eye opening societal interventions” category at the 2020 Virginia Tech GSA Graduate Research Symposium for presentation titled “Parents and children negotiating family interactions with Alexa”
  • Resor, J., Cooke, S., & Katz, B. (2021). The role of social communication technologies in cognition and affect in older adults. Ageing & Society, 1-29.
  • Almond, L., Parson, L., & Resor, J. (2020). Lessons from the field: Graduate student-faculty mentoring in family science. Family Relations, 1-12.
  • Shivers, C. M., & Resor, J. (2019). Health and life satisfaction among parents of children with physical disabilities. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 1-15.
  • Resor, J., Hegde, A. V., Stage, V. C., & Yeh, C. (2019). Standing up for broccoli: Exploring pre-service early childhood educators’ (ECE) experience with nutrition education. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 33(3), 414-429.

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