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Alp Aytuglu

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

Graduate Research Assistant

375 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602



Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
M.A. Developmental Psychology Ozyegin University 2018
B.A. Philosophy Bilkent University 2014


Alp's research interests include first-time fathers' (social and emotional) readiness and preparedness for parenting, fathers' experiences of their transition to fatherhood, and fathers' influence on their children's social-emotional and cognitive development. Alp also pursues interest in formation of narrative identity in familial context and its link to positive development among emerging adults. 

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
Costa Fund College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2019
Creswell Fund College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2019
B.I.D.E.P. Fund Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey 2017

Advisory Committee

Dr. Geoffrey L. Brown

Dr. Kalsea Koss

Dr. Assaf Oshri 


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

Working Papers

Aytuglu, A. & Brown, G. L. Pleasure in parenting as a mediator between fathers’ attachment representations and paternal sensitivity. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Brown, G. L., Mangelsdorf, S. C., Neff, C., Shigeto, A., Aytuglu, A., & Thomas, C. R. Infant attachment configurations with mothers and fathers: Implications for triadic interaction quality and children’s parental preferences. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Aytuglu, A., Brown, G. L., & Dost-Gözkan, A. (in preparation) Moderating effect of cultural self-construals on the link between emerging adult’s narratives about parents and positive development.

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