Undergraduate Research Assistants

Chavon Bowers-Strong

Chavon is a James Scholar senior in HDFS with a minor in Legal Studies. She is interested in understanding the legal processes of divorce cases and learning about attorney practices that shape their advocacy for survivors of domestic violence. Upon graduation in the Spring, Chavon plans to take a gap year, gaining work experience as a paralegal while studying for the LSAT.

Julianne Enas

Julianne is a sophomore majoring in HDFS with a legal studies minor. She is interested in understanding how intimate partner violence influences custody outcomes and the effects on children. In her free time, Julianne loves cooking and working out. When she graduates, Julianne wants to attend law school and become a Family Lawyer and Guardian Ad Litem.

Madison Helms

Madison is a sophomore majoring in HDFS with a minor in Art and Design. Her academic interests include understanding how to support parents and children who are facing hardships in our community. In her free time, Madison is involved as an HDFS Ambassador, plays trumpet in The Marching Illini, and enjoys capturing the human experience through portrait photography and paintings. Madison hopes to one day use her artistic talents and knowledge regarding children and families in the fields of social work and art therapy. 

Lily Knetl

Lily is a Junior studying HDFS with a concentration in Family Studies. She is interested in understanding the impact that divorce has on a child’s development. In her free time, Lily loves to read, cook, and spend time with friends. When she graduates, Lily hopes to further her education in child development in graduate school and apply that to a career as a Child Welfare Specialist.

Emily Milton

Emily is a junior in HDFS. She is interested in how domestic violence affects victims and individuals who witness such violence psychologically and emotionally over time. She is also interested in the factors that can be used to predict violence. In her free time, Emily loves to ride horses and volunteers to train future service dogs. When she graduates, Emily aspires to work at a family law firm focusing on topics such as marriage dissolution, domestic abuse, and child custody.

Logan Menses

Logan is a senior is HDFS. She is interested in understanding the effect domestic violence has on families and how the legal system can work to prevent domestic abuse. In her free time, Logan enjoys baking, making coffee, and learning new crafts. After graduation, Logan plans to continue to law school and work as a family attorney focusing on domestic violence cases.

Cassidy Murphy

Cassidy is a junior in HDFS. In her free time, she loves to spend time outside and read. On campus, she loves cheering on the Illini with the Illinettes dance team. When she graduates she wants to be a high school counselor.

Paris Souza

Paris is a junior in HDFS with a minor in Legal Studies. She is interested in how divorce and other Adverse Childhood Experiences affect children’s outcomes. Upon graduation, Paris aims to attend law school and advocate for children and families in any capacity throughout her future career path. Paris also enjoys cooking, working as a nanny, and hanging out with her sorority sisters as a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.