Alp Aytuglu

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

Graduate Research Assistant

Graduate research assistant.

375 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602

Curriculum Vitae


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


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
Price-Coker Excellence in Research Foundation Award UGA-FACS 2023
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

Advisory Committee

Dr. Geoffrey L. Brown

Dr. Kalsea Koss

Dr. Niyantri Ravindran

Areas of Expertise

Parenting (father focus), father-child relationships (intrapersonal characteristics, co-parental interaction), and neural and hormonal correlates of fatherhood

Current Research

  1. 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.
  2. 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. 

Journal Articles

Aytuglu, A., Dost-Gözkan, A., Şengül-Tığ, P., Buğan-Kısır, B., & Brown, G. L. (2023). Narrative identity and positive youth development in Turkish emerging adults: The moderating role of cultural self-construals. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

Thomas C., Collins C., Aytuglu A., & Brown G. L. (accepted). Life Stress and Unmarried, African American Fathers’ Attitudes Toward Attachment: The Moderating Role of Shift-and-Persist. Psychology of Men & Masculinities. 

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.

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.


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.

Working Papers

Manuscripts Under Review/Revision


Manuscripts in Preparation (analyses completed)

Aytuglu, A., Freeman J. Y., Thomas, C. R., Howard, C. J., & Brown, G. L. (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.

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