Ph.D. Candidate
Human Development

Broadly defined, my research interests include topics relevant to identity development, purpose, and meaning in life. I have an emerging focus on studying these normative developmental processes in individuals affected by psychopathology. 

Ratner, K., Mendle, J., Burrow, A. L., & Thoemmes, F. (in press). Depression and derailment: A cyclical model of mental illness and perceived identity change. Clinical Psychological Science.

Ratner, K., & Burrow, A. L. (in press). Identity and purpose as building blocks for wisdom. To appear in R. J. Sternberg & J. Glück (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of wisdom.

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.

Graduate Teaching Assistant Experience

Cross-Cultural Psychology

Group Psychotherapy and Interpersonal Effectiveness

General Psychology

Personality Theory and Research

Basic Learning Processes

  • 2017     M.A., Developmental Psychology, Cornell University
  • 2015     M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Central Florida
  • 2013     B.S., Psychology, University of Central Florida (Honors in the                           Major; Summa cum Laude)