Graduate Faculty

Tenure-Track Graduate Faculty

Suzanne Bartholomae

 Suzanne Bartholomae

  • Financial socialization with a focus on parenting and education
  • Coping with financial stress with an interest in minority populations
  • Effectiveness of financial education programming

 Ji Young Choi

  • School readiness (e.g. academic achievement, social-emotional behaviors, approaches to learning, and executive function) of young children growing up in poverty
  • Early development and learning in the context of early care and education (ECE) settings
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

  • Determinants of financial capability
  • Financial health
  • Financial counseling
  • Financial socialization
Megan Gilligan Megan Gilligan

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

  • Risk and resilience factors shaping low-income family health and well-being, with specific focus on Latino immigrant families
  • Family engagement in education
  • Minority 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
Gong-Soog Hong Gong-Soog Hong

  • Family health care
  • Caregiving
  • Intergenerational resource transfers
  • Family financial management
  • Health care decision-making
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
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
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 aging
  • 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 related to child health and educational well-being
  • 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
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
  • Quantitative methods
  • Positive youth development
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Immigrant famlies
  • Predictors of parenting
  • Resilence
Debra Sellers Debra Sellers

  • 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
  • The transformative process of the Cooperative Extension Service
  • Informal educational networks to increase capacity, relevancy, and impact for the 21st century.
Elizabeth Shirtcliff Elizabeth Shirtcliff

  • Stress responsive physiology
  • Puberty and adolescent development
  • Longitudinal impact of early adversity on development and health
  • Real-time biomarker assessment 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
  • The etiology of maladaptive behaviors such as aggression and their impact on individual functioning, relationship functioning, and children’s adjustment
  • The development of evidence-based interventions for maladaptive behaviors, including but not limited to psychological and physical aggression, with the goal to promote family health
  • The dissemination and testing of these interventions, primarily in the correctional setting (e.g., male domestic violence offenders, sex offenders, mental health offenders, juveniles, women offenders, etc.)

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

  • Children and sexuality education
  • Gender-based violence
  • LGBTQIA issues
  • Mental health advocacy
  • Bibliotherapy
  • Parent-child relationships