Graduate Faculty

Tenure-Track Graduate Faculty

Suzanne Bartholomae

 Suzanne Bartholomae

  • Financial capability with a focus on socialization, parenting practices, individual characteristics, and interventions
  • Student financial wellness
  • Financial education program development and evaluation

 Ji Young Choi

  • School readiness (e.g. academic achievement, social-emotional behaviors, approaches to learning, and executive function) 
  • Quality issues on early care and education settings
  • Children living in poverty and dual language learners
Cassandra Dorius Cassandra Dorius

  • Influence of family instability and complexity on mother/child health and well-being, especially among disadvantaged groups
  • Multipartnered fertility
  • Intergenerational transmission of marriage, cohabitation, and divorce
  • Emerging adolescence
  • Family systems theory
Cynthia Needles Fletcher Cynthia Needles Fletcher

  • Family economic well‑being
  • Rural poverty
  • Family policy analysis
  • Program evaluation
Johnathon Fox  Jonathan Fox

  • Evaluation of financial education interventions
  • Financial health/stress
  • Financial counseling
  • College student financial well-being
Megan Gilligan Megan Gilligan

  • Parent-adult child relations
  • Adult sibling relations
  • Family relationships and health
  • Interpersonal ambivalence
  • Social support networks
Kimberly Greder Kimberly Greder

  • Health and well-being among marginalized families, with particular interest in families who have low incomes
  • Latino immigrant families and rural families
  • Family engagement in youth academic achievement and college access
Clinton Gudmunson Clinton Gudmunson

  • Family financial socialization
  • Family social and economic well-being
  • Life course perspectives on family economic issues
  • Financial Counseling
Kere Hughes-Belding Kere Hughes-Belding

  • Infant and early childhood mental health
  • Home Visiting for families with young children
  • Early Intervention fidelity and assessment
  • Early caregiving environments and interactions
  • Individual Growth & Development Indicators (IGDIs)
Tera Hurt Tera R. Jordan

  • Community-based participatory research approaches
  • Black families, adults, and adolescents
  • Contemporary issues in family health and well-being with specific focus on marriage, intimate relationships, and type-2 diabetes
  • Descriptive and applied studies
  • Mixed and qualitative methodologies
Daeyong Lee Daeyong Lee

  • Government policy (tax, health care, and immigration) and household finance
  • Affordable Care Act
Jeongeun Lee Jeongeun Lee

  • Gerontology/adult development
  • Social support exchanges
  • Social resilence of older adults
  • Community interventions
Christine Maynard Christine Lippard

  • Adult-child/teacher-child relationships
  • Social and emotional development of young children
  • Early childhood teacher preparation
  • Measurement issues related to early childhood classroom quality assessment
  • Early childhood STEM learning
Brenda J. Lohman Brenda J. Lohman

  • Successful academic, physical, psychosocial, and sexual adjustment of adolescents, especially economically disadvantaged minorities
  • Teen dating violence
  • Poverty and welfare reform
  • Family dynamics
  • Family stress and adolescent obesity
  • The family-school connection
  • Family and ecological systems theories
  • Applied or policy-relevant research
Gayle Luze Gayle Luze

  • Supporting young children’s mental health and behavioral development
  • Collaborating with families and professionals to support children’s development
  • Developing and implementing effective interventions for children who are at-risk or have special needs
  • Supporting emergent literacy in young children
Jennifer Margrett Jennifer Margrett

  • Adult development and optimal aging
  • Cognition in adulthood
  • Everyday problem solving
  • Collaboration
  • Health and functioning
  • Married couples
Peter Martin Peter Martin

  • Adaptation of the oldest-old
  • Personality, life events, and coping
  • Mental health and well-being
  • Longevity
Tricia Neppl Tricia Neppl

  • Continuity of parenting across generations
  • The effects of economic disadvantage on families
  • Family relationships
  • Family stress
  • Parent-child interactions
  • Social-emotional development
  • Temperament and attachment
Carla Peterson Carla Peterson

  • Home visit interventions and evaluation
  • Inclusion of children with special needs
  • Social development of young children
  • Early care and education program quality
  • Enhancing instruction for preschool-aged English learning children

Heather Rouse

  • Early risk and protective factors associated with child health and educational well-being
  • Inequality and diversity for families with young children
  • Early childhood education
  • Children’s approaches to learning behaviors
  • Building and using integrated, administrative data systems with public health, education, and child welfare for policy research and evaluation (i.e., understanding the multiple disconnects associated with poverty, child welfare, public housing, or child care and education systems)
Daniel Russell Daniel Russell

  • Social support, loneliness, and health
  • Causal attributions and perceptions of social support
  • Measurement theory and research
  • Structural equation modeling
  • Multilevel regression analysis
  • Missing data
Thomas Schofield  Thomas Schofield

  • Contexts of parenting
  • Intergenerational continuity in parenting
  • Quantitative methods
  • Positive youth development
  • Parenting among immigrant families
  • Predictors of parenting
  • Resilence
Debra Sellers Debra Sellers

  • The transformative process of informal educational networks to increase capacity, relevancy, and impact for the 21st century
  • Adaptive living for people with aging-related limitations or disabilities and their families, with an emphasis on supporting functional abilities through access to services and technology
Elizabeth Shirtcliff Elizabeth Shirtcliff

  • Stress responsive physiology
  • Puberty and adolescent development
  • Longitudinal impact of early adversity on development and health
  • Novel techniques to index proximate social context and stress
Elizabeth Shirtcliff  Carl Weems

  • Basic research in developmental psychopathology focused on testing contextual, bio-behavioral, and cognitive-developmental models of emotional disorders
  • Improving the empirical utility of assessment techniques
  • Intervention and prevention of emotional difficulties
  • Brain development in traumatic stress
Amie Zarling Amie Zarling

  • Family forensic psychology
  • Developing and testing evidence-based interventions
  • The etiology and treatment of violence and aggression
  • The impact of violence and aggression on individual functioning, relationship functioning, and children’s adjustment

Adjunct Graduate Faculty

Diana Baltimore Diana Baltimore

  • Adoption
  • Families formed through adoption
  • Communication processes within families
  • Parenting/parent-child relations
  • Teen pregnancy prevention and education
  • Family policy
  • Fatherhood involvement
  • Teaching in higher education
Karen Colbert Karen Colbert

  • Parenting
  • Teacher development and supervision
  • Early childhood education curriculum and assessment


meghang Meghan Gillette

  • Available for YTH DEV program committees
  • Reproductive development and health
  • Anthropological/evolutionary theories applied to modern human health
  • Familial and societal influences on health and development of adolescents
Janet Melby Janet Melby

  • Child welfare
  • Family processes
  • Parent-child interaction
  • Life-span development
  • Positive youth development
  • Observational research methodology
Amy Popillion Amy Popillion

  • Sexuality education
  • LGBTQIA+ topics
  • Gender and sexual identity
  • Sexual violence
  • Teaching in higher education