Postdoctoral Associate
Human Development

I am interested in the development of identity, purpose, and meaning in life across adolescence and emerging adulthood. I am particularly focused on how these developmental processes interface with psychopathology. 

Burrow, A. L., Ratner, K., Porcelli, S. E., & Sumner, R. (in press). Does purpose grow here?: Exploring 4-H as a context for cultivating youth purpose. Journal of Adolescent Reserach.

Ratner, K., Burrow, A. L., & Mendle, J. (2020). The unique predictive value of discrete depressive symptoms on derialment. Journal of Affective Disorders270, 65-68. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2020.03.097

Ong, A. D., Thoemmes, F., Ratner, K., Ghezzi-Kopel, K., & Reid, M. C. (2020). Positive affect and chronic pain: A preregistered systematic review and meta-analysis. Pain, 161(6), 1140-1149. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001828

Berman, S. L., Montgomery, M. J., & Ratner, K. (2020). Trauma and identity: A reciprocal relationship?. Journal of Adolescence79, 275-278. doi:10.1016/j.adolescence.2020.01.018

Ratner, K., Burrow, A. L., Burd, K. A., & Hill, P. L. (2019). On the conflation of purpose and meaning in life: A qualitative study of high school and college student conceptions. Applied Developmental Science. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/10888691.2019.1659140

Ratner, K., Mendle, J., Burrow, A. L., & Thoemmes, F. (2019). Depression and derailment: A cyclical model of mental illness and perceived identity change. Clinical Psychological Science, 7(4), 735-753. doi:10.1177/2167702619829748 

Ratner, K., & Burrow, A. L. (2019). Identity and purpose in life as building blocks for wisdom. In R. J. Sternberg & J. Glück (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Wisdom (pp. 519–550). Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

Burrow, A. L., Hill, P. L., Ratner, K., & Fuller-Rowell, T. E. (2018). Derailment: Conceptualization, measurement, and adjustment correlates of perceived change in self and direction. Advance online publication. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. doi:10.1037/pspp0000209

Ratner, K., Burrow, A. L., & Hill, P. L. (2018). Autistic traits and purpose in emerging adulthood: Associations with pathways to purpose and perceived adult status. Advanced Online Publication. Emerging Adulthood. doi: 10.1177/2167696818817446

Burrow, A. L., Hill, P. L., Ratner, K., & Sumner, R. (2018). A better tomorrow: Toward a stronger science of youth purpose. Research in Human Development, 15(2), 167-180. doi:10.1080/15427609.2018.1445926

Burrow, A. L., Hill, P. L., & Ratner, K. (2018). Purpose. In R. J. R. Levesque (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Adolescence (2nd ed., pp. 2993-3302). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing AG.

Ratner, K., & Burrow, A. L. (2017). Autistic features in the general population: Implications for sensing purpose in life. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 13(5), 494-501. doi:10.1080/17439760.2017.1315647

Jeon, H. J., Wang, Q., Burrow, A. L., & Ratner, K. (2017). Perspectives of future health in self and others: The moderating role of culture. Advance online publication. Journal of Health Psychology. doi:10.1177/1359105317730897

Ratner, K., Burrow, A. L., & Thoemmes, F. (2016). The effects of exposure to objective coherence on perceived meaning in life: A preregistered direct replication of Heintzelman, Trent, and King (2013). Royal Society Open Science, 3(160431), 1-15. doi:10.1098/rsos.160431

Ratner, K., & Berman, S. L. (2016). Identity boundaries: An empirical perspective. Personality and Individual Differences, 90, 89-92. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2015.10.047

Ratner, K., & Berman, S. L. (2015). The influence of autistic features on identity development in emerging adults. Emerging Adulthood, 3(2), 136-139. doi:10.1177/2167696814559305

Berman, S. L., Ratner, K., Cheng, M., Li, S., Jhingnon, G., & Sukamaran, N. (2014). Identity distress during the era of globalization: A cross-national comparative study of India, China, and the United States. Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 14(4), 286-296. doi: 10.1080/15283488.2014.944698

Ratner, K., & Berman, S. L. (2014). The role of parenting and attachment in identity style development. The University of Central Florida Undergraduate Research Journal, 7(1), 15-26.

Teaching Assistant Experience

Adolescence and emerging adulthood

Nearest neighbor: An immersive learning experience in translational research

Cross-cultural psychology

Interpersonal effectiveness and group psychotherapy

General psychology

Personality theory and research

Basic learning processes

Industrial and organizational psychology

Clinical psychology

2020     Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, Cornell University

2015     M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Central Florida

2013     B.S., Psychology (Honors in the Major), University of Central Florida

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