Abagail L Horton

Entered the Program: 2019

Current program: 

  • Ph.D., Human Development and Family Sciences
  • Area of Specialization: Child and Adolescent Development; Health, Wellbeing, and Prevention

Previous Education:

  • M.A., Human Development and Family Sciences, UConn, 2021
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Alabama, 2019

Research Interests:

  • Children’s social-emotional development and well-being during times of stress
  • Caregivers’ well-being and spillover effects
  • Emotion regulation (i.e., mindfulness)
  • Mental health (i.e., depression, stress, anxiety, burnout)
  • School and community interventions

Major Advisor: Beth Russell

Associate Advisor: Na Zhang

Associate Advisor: Preston Britner

Assistantship Experience:

  • Research Assistant, Center for Applied Research and Human Development (CARHD), Spring 2020-Present
  • Teaching Assistant, HDFS 4007w: Professional Communication in HDFS, Spring 2023
  • Solo Instructor, HDFS 2001: Diversity Issues in HDFS, Summer 2022 & Fall 2022
  • Solo Instructor, HDFS 2100: Human Development: Infancy Through Adolescence, Spring 2022
  • Teaching Assistant, HDFS 1070: Individual and Family Development Teaching Assistant, Fall 2021
  • Research Assistant, Evaluation of a U.S. Department of Agriculture funded project, Summer 2021
  • Graduate Assistant, Academic Advising, Fall 2020 & Spring 2021
  • Teaching Assistant, HDFS 1060: Close Relationships Across the Lifespan, Fall 2019 & Spring 2020


  • Russell, B. S., Hu, Y., Horton, A. L., & Wink, M. N. (2024, In Press). Intersection influences on absences in K-12 education: Evidence of cumulative disadvantage. The Urban Review.
  • Hu, Y., Russell, B. S., Wu, R., Adamsons, K., Horton, A. L., & Tambling, R. R. (2024, In Press). Relationship factors in the longitudinal spillover of stress between parents and children during COVID-19. Journal of Family Issues.
  • Horton, A. L., Russell, B. S., Tambling, R. R, Elias, H., & Mas, M. (2023). Family experiences of ambiguous loss during COVID-19. Family Relations. https://doi.org/10.1111/fare.12918
  • Russell, B. S., D’Aniello, C., Tambling, R. R. & Horton, A. L. (2022). Distress among family caregivers of individuals with substance use disorders: Factors that shape the context of care. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11469-022-00884-0
  • Horton, A. L., Russell, B. S., Tambling, R. R, Britner, P. A., Hutchison, M., & Tomkunas, A. J. (2022). Predictions of children’s emotion regulation outcomes during COVID-19: Role of conflict within the family. Family Relations, 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1111/fare.12717
  • Russell, B. S., Tambling, R. R, Horton, A. L., Hutchison, M., & Tomkunas, A. J. (2021). Clinically significant depression among parents during the COVID-19 pandemic: Examining the protective role of family relationships. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 10(3), 190-201. https://doi.org/10.1037/cfp0000175
  • Russell, B. S., Tomkunas, A. J., Hutchison, M., Tambling, R. R., & Horton, A. L. (2021). The protective role of parent resilience on mental health and the parent-child relationship during COVID-19. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 53(1), 183-196. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10578-021-01243-1
  • Tambling, R. R, Tomkunas, A. J., Russell, B. S., Horton, A. L., & Hutchison, M. (2021). Thematic analysis of parent-child conversations about COVID -19: “Playing it safe.” Journal of Child and Family Studies, 30(2), 325-337. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-020-01889-w
  • Tambling, R. R., Russell, B. S., Tomkunas, A., Horton, A. L., & Hutchison, M. (2021). Factors contributing to parents’ psychological and medical help seeking during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Family & Community Health, 44(2), 87-98. https://doi.org/10.1097/FCH.0000000000000298
  • Russell, B. S., Hutchison, M., Tambling, R. R, Tomkunas, A. J., & Horton, A. L. (2020). Initial challenges of caregiving during COVID-19: Caregiver burden, mental health, and the parent–child relationship. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 51(5), 671-682. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10578-020-01037-x
  • Tambling, R. R., Russell, B. S., Park, C., Feindrich, M., Hutchison, M., Horton, A. L., & Tomkunas, A. J. (2020). Measuring cumulative stressfulness: Psychometric properties of the COVID-19 Stressors Scale. Health Education & Behavior, 35(1), 119-137https://doi.org/10.1177/1090198120979912

Honors and Awards:

Outstanding Graduate Instructor of the Year, UConn Human Development and Family Sciences, Fall 2022-Spring 2023

Conference Participation Award, UConn Graduate School, Fall 2022

Student Travel Award, American Psychological Association, Summer 2022

Honors Student Recognition, National Council on Family Relations, Spring 2021

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