Kierra Sattler

M.A., University of Texas at Austin

PRC Graduate Research Trainee
Kierra Sattler



Kierra Sattler holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a Master of Arts in Human Development and Family Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Texas at Austin and a graduate student trainee at the Population Research Center (PRC). Her research focuses on how individual and contextual factors influence children’s development over time among vulnerable populations. Specifically, she investigates the risk and resilience processes that contribute to children’s academic, social-emotional, and physical health outcomes in the contexts of poverty or maltreatment. Through her research she aims to promote positive development among children and families from disadvantaged backgrounds.


Sattler, K., Font, S., & Gershoff, E. T. (2018). Age-specific risk factors associated with placement instability among foster children. Child Abuse & Neglect, 84, 157-169. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2018.07.024

Sattler, K. & Gershoff, E.T. (2018). Thresholds of resilience and within- and cross-domain academic achievement among children in poverty. Early Childhood Research Quarterly. Advance online publication. doi:10.1016/j.ecresq.2018.04.003

Font, S., Sattler, K., & Gershoff, E. T. (2018). Measurement and correlates of foster care placement moves. Children and Youth Services Review, 91, 248-258. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.06.019

Font, S., Sattler, K., & Gershoff, E. T. (2018). When home is still not safe: From reunification to reentry in foster care. Journal of Marriage & Family. Advance online publication. doi:10.1111/jomf.12499

Sattler, K. & Font, S. (2018). Resilience in young children involved with child protective services. Child Abuse & Neglect, 75, 104-114. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2017.05.004

Gershoff, E. T., Sattler, K., & Ansari, A. (2017). Strengthening causal estimates for links between spanking and children’s behavior problems. Psychological Science. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1177/0956797617729816

Ansari, A., Pettit, K.*, & Gershoff, E. T. (2015). Combating obesity in Head Start: Outdoor play and change in children’s BMI. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 36(8), 605-612. doi:10.1097/DBP.0000000000000215

Poehlmann-Tynan, J., Runion, H., Burnson, C., Maleck, S., Weymouth, L., Pettit, K.[1], et al. (2015). Young children’s behavioral and emotional reactions to plexiglas and video visits with jailed parents. Springer Briefs in Psychology Series, Advances in Child and Family Policy and Practice Subseries, 2, 39-58doi:10.1007/978-3-319-16625-4_3

[1] Maiden name is Pettit.

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