Meet the Team

Contact Us
The Parenting Relationships Research Lab is located in historic Merrill Hall on the University of Maine campus. To learn more about the lab, read about our team members and get in touch with us using the contact information below.

229 Merrill Hall
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469

Dr. Daniel Puhlman—Director
Dr. Puhlman joined the University of Maine in August 2018 as an assistant professor of family studies. He graduated from the Florida State University in August 2013 with a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy. His expertise centers around coparenting and fathering and he has been foundational in understanding a family concept known as Maternal Gatekeeping. In addition, Dr. Puhlman’s training as a MFT is core to his work as a teacher, mentor and researcher.

Dr. Puhlman lives in Maine with his wife (Jane) and three sons (Max, Nathyn and Jack). He is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and is an avid Pittsburgh sports fan (Go Pens!). When not working in the lab Dr. Puhlman loves playing hockey, hiking, camping, home remodeling, skiing and most anything else outdoors.

Ming-Tso Chien—Graduate Assistant
Ming-Tso is a doctoral student in literacy education in the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development. In terms of research, he has mostly explored topics related to language, culture and identity. Professionally, he has worked as a foreign language teacher and a teacher educator. He is also passionate about anti-bias education that aims at promoting diversity and inclusion in schools and communities.

Student Research Assistants
Sarah Pett—Senior Undergraduate RA
Taylor Corey—Undergraduate RA
Samantha Sudol—Undergraduate RA
Hadley Porreca—Undergraduate RA
Emma Richardson—Undergraduate RA
Kittiya Reeves—Graduate RA
Sara Hunt— Undergraduate RA