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Mahmut Sami Gurdal

Mahmut Sami Gurdal

Elayna Seago
Mahmut Sami Gurdal, MS to Ph.D. Student in Child & Adolescent Development

Department of  Human Development and Family Science

Mahmut Sami Gurdal is a PhD student in Human Development at Virginia Tech. He received a BA in Psychology with magna cum laude from Özyeğin University in 2022.

His research interests revolve around exploring the impact of technology and media on children's development. His current research focuses on how parents' screen use and emotional regulation influence their children's screen time. By investigating these areas, he aims to uncover valuable insights into how parenting influences child development.

In the past, Mahmut has been involved in various projects and labs in both Turkiye and the United States. He currently works as a graduate research assistant supporting projects within his department. In addition to his academic pursuits, Mahmut is a member of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, and the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD).


  • Emotion Regulation
  • Technology and Media
  • Individual Differences
  • Parenting
  • B.A. Psychology at Özyeğin University in İstanbul, Turkey


  • Dean’s High Honor List, Özyeğin University (2022) 
  • Member, Psi Chi - The International Honor Society in Psychology (2021) 
  • First Place Prize in Undergraduate Level, 3rd Çiğdem Kağıtçıbaşı Research Festival (2020)
  • First Place Prize in Paper Presentations, 2nd Çiğdem Kağıtçıbaşı Research Festival (2019)