Sibling Relationships Focus Group

/ NCFR Report, Summer 2023

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Are you interested in research about sibling relationships? Join the Sibling Relationships Focus Group! Check out our website at to learn more about sibling relations and get involved in related research! We facilitate networking and mentoring opportunities, provide access to data, and promote student research and development. Our group is made up of a diverse group of researchers at different professional stages and research expertise. Check out our leadership team’s brief biographies below:

Dr. Gabrielle Kline, Current Co-Chair 

Dr. Kline is an assistant professor in the School of Counseling and Well-Being at West Virginia University. Her research focuses on sibling and parent-child relationships during adolescence and young adulthood using family systems and cultural-ecological perspectives. Her recent work focuses on how sibling caregiving may impact individual development and family relationships. 

Dr. Christy Rogers, Current Co-Chair 

Dr. Rogers is an assistant professor in Human Development and Family Sciences at Texas Tech University. They use an interdisciplinary approach to identify how siblings and parents support adolescent development through perceptual, behavioral, and neural processes. Of note, Dr. Rogers received the Professional Paper Award for the Families and Health Section at the 2022 NCFR Conference for their paper titled, “The role of early attachment and parental presence in adolescent behavioral and neurobiological regulation.” 

Derek Morgan, Current Social Media and Communications Specialist 

Mr. Morgan is a doctoral student in Human Development and Family Sciences at Texas Tech University. His research focuses on the effect that sibling and parent-child relationships have on psychopathology and externalizing behaviors during adolescence and emerging adulthood. Of note, Mr. Morgan received the Sibling Relationships Focus Group Student Poster Award at the 2022 NCFR Conference based on his research titled, “Younger sibling warmth as a buffer between emerging adult prospective uncertainty and substance use.” 

Dr. Sarah Killoren, Previous Chair 

Dr. Killoren is an associate professor in Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Missouri. Her research interests include the processes of sibling influence and associations between interpersonal relationships, and adolescent and young adult well-being. Her work specializes in Latina/o/x families, and the role and influence of sisters on development.  


Be on the lookout for great sibling research at NCFR 2023!