Dr. Ziegler earned her MS and PhD in Lifespan Developmental Psychology from Syracuse University. She taught at Syracuse University, Le Moyne College, and SUNY-Cortland before joining the faculty at KSU in 1987. Although her training involved all areas of life-span developmental psychology, her specialization is in psychosocial development during late childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood. Dr. Ziegler has presented posters and papers at regional, national, and international conferences and has published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, the Journal of Adolescence, Reaching Through Teaching, The Psychology Place and the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange.
Dr. Ziegler's research interests include contemporary issues in parenting, self-concept development, and resilience. Dr. Ziegler is a member of the AID Atlanta Evaluation Task Force and is responsible for the analysis of data from all AID Atlanta educational programs. There are multiple research opportunities for students in this ongoing project. Additionally, Dr. Ziegler is particularly interested in working with students in developing and implementing their own research. Dr. Ziegler is the founder and faculty advisor of the KSU Psychology Club, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. She has also served as Chair of University Senate and President of Faculty Senate and is currently Chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the President of the statewide AAUP Georgia Conference.