College of Family and Consumer Sciences
Graduate Research Assistant
Graduate research assistant.
|Degree||Field of Study||Institution||Graduation|
|M.A.||Developmental Psychology||Ozyegin University||2018|
I study parenting with a specific focus on fatherhood—first-time fathers' readiness for parenting, fathers' experiences of their transition to fatherhood, neurobiological aspects of fathering, and fathers' influence on their young children's social-emotional and cognitive development. I am also interested in formation of narrative identity in familial context and its link to positive development among emerging adults.
Co-Instructor: HDFS 4860/6860 Parenting and Child Guidance (2021), under the supervision of Dr. Geoffrey L. Brown.
Prior Professional Positions
|Organization||Title||Years of Service|
|Adolescent and Youth Lab||Graduate Research Assistant||2017-2018|
|Relationship Research Lab||Graduate Research Assistant||2014-2017|
|Award Name||Awarded By||Year Awarded|
|Dissertation Research Funding Award||SRCD-Student and Early Career Council||2022|
|Graduate Education Advancement Board Scholarship||UGA Graduate School||2022|
|Virginia Wilbanks Kilgore Scholarship||UGA FACS||2021-22|
|FACS Funds for Excellence Scholarship||UGA FACS||2021-22|
|Elizabeth T Sheerer Graduate Scholarship||UGA FACS||2021|
|Strategic Plan Poster Winner (Ethnic & Racial Issues)||SRCD 2021 Biennial Meeting||2021|
|Costa Fund||UGA FACS||2019|
|Creswell Fund||UGA FACS||2019|
|B.I.D.E.P. Fund||Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey||2017|
Dr. Geoffrey L. Brown
Dr. Kalsea Koss
Dr. Assaf Oshri
Areas of Expertise
Parenting (father focus), father-child relationships (intrapersonal characteristics, co-parental interaction), and neural and hormonal correlates of fatherhood
- I am currently working on the PACT (Parents and Children Together) project at UGA (PI, Dr. Geoffrey L. Brown), an NIH-funded study examining contextual factors affecting the transition to parenthood, and fathers' contributions to infant development among unmarried, African American men in rural Georgia.
- I am also working on the FIP (Family Interaction Project) at UGA (PI, Dr. Drew Abney), a study using neuroimaging and stress reactivity data to examine neural synchrony between mother-child dyads and early self-regulation.
Aytuglu, A., Dost-Gözkan, A., Şengül-Tığ, P., Buğan-Kısır, B., & Brown, G. L. (accepted). Narrative identity and positive youth development in Turkish emerging adults: The moderating role of cultural self-construals. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.
Aytuglu, A., & Brown, G. L. (2022). Pleasure in parenting as a mediator between fathers’ attachment representations and paternal sensitivity. Journal of Family Psychology, 36(3), 427–437. https://doi.org/10.1037/fam0000905
Brown, G. L., Mangelsdorf, S. C., Neff, C., Shigeto, A., Aytuglu, A., & Thomas, C. R. (2022). Infant attachment configurations with mothers and fathers: Implications for triadic interaction quality and children’s parental preferences. Early Childhood Research Quarterly 58, 155-164. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecresq.2021.09.004
Brown G. L., & Aytuglu H. A. (2020). Father-child attachment relationships. In H. E. Fitzgerald, K. von Klitzing, N. J. Cabrera, J. Scarano de Mendonça, & T. Skjøthaug (Eds.), Handbook of fathers and child development (pp. 273-290). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-51027-5_18
Manuscripts Under Review/Revision
Thomas C., Collins C., Aytuglu A., & Brown G. L. (revise and resubmit). Life stress and unmarried, African American fathers’ prenatal childrearing attitudes: The moderating role of shift-and-persist.
Manuscripts in Preparation (analyses completed)
Aytuglu, A., Brown, G. L., Thomas, C. R., Howard, C. J., & Freeman J. Y. (in preparation). Predictors of unmarried, African American fathers' prenatal parenting self-efficacy: A moderated mediation model.
Aytuglu, A., Brown, G. L., & Kogan, S. (in preparation). Health Problems Mediate Associations between Low SES African American Fathers’ Socio-Ecological Risk and Parental Engagement.