College of Family and Consumer Sciences
PhD Student, Graduate Research Assistant
First year PhD student in the Human Development and Family Sciences Program
|Degree||Field of Study||Institution||Graduation|
|M.A.||Marriage, Family, and Human Development||Brigham Young University||2023|
|B.S.||Elementary Education||Brigham Young University||2021|
Prior Professional Positions
|Organization||Title||Years of Service|
|Brigham Young University||Graduate Research Assistant||2021-2023|
|Award Name||Awarded By||Year Awarded|
|3 Minute Thesis University Finalist||Brigham Young University||2023|
|Merlin and Edna Sant Endowed Scholarship||Brigham Young University||2021-2023|
|HDFS Graduate Student Organization||Evaluation Coordinator||2023-Present||Leadership|
Major Advisor - Dr. Catherine Walker O'Neal
My research mainly focuses on the interaction of finances with family and couple processes. Specifically, I look at financial socialization and the wellbeing outcomes associated for emerging adults. I also examine ways in which finances connect with romantic relationship factors (i.e., communication, resilience, power, etc.)
Okamoto, R. M., Saxey, M. T., Wikle, J. S., & LeBaron-Black, A. B. (2023). Confident Commitment: Financial Self-Efficacy’s Indirect Association with Romantic Relationship Flourishing Through Financial Behaviors. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 1-10.
LeBaron-Black, A. B., Yorgason, J. B., Curran, M. A., Saxey, M. T., & Okamoto, R. M. (2022). The ABC-X’s of Stress among US Emerging Adults during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Relationship Quality, Financial Distress, and Mental Health. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(20), 13125.
LeBaron-Black, A. B., Li, X., Okamoto, R. M., Saxey, M. T., & Driggs, T. M. (2022). Finances and Fate: Parent Financial Socialization, Locus of Control, and Mental Health in Emerging Adulthood. Emerging Adulthood, 10(6), 1484-1496.