Oklahoma State University
Human Development and Family Science
Amanda W. Harrist

Amanda Harrist

Professor


Area: Child Development
social development lab

244 Human Sciences
Stillwater OK 74078
 
Phone: 405-744-7043
Fax: 405-744-6344
amanda.harrist@okstate.edu

  • Profile
  • Publications
  • Research

Educational Background:

Degree Institution Area of Study
Ph.D. University of Tennessee Child Development
B.A. University of Texas Liberal Arts Honors Program

Courses Taught:

Contexts of Risk for Children and Families FRCD  6250
Lifespan Human Development HDFS  2113
Lifespan Human Development HDFS  2114
Parenting: A Lifespan Perspective HDFS  3123
Research Methods HDFS  5133
Parent-Child Relations HDFS  5143
Parent-Child Relations HDFS  6283
Contexts of Risk for Children and Families HDFS  6580
Various Honors Seminar for College of HES HES  4000

Service:

  • National… Reviewer, NIH, Risk, Prevention and Health Behavior Integrated Review Group.
  • International… Reviewer, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, Division of Social Sciences.
  • National… Ad Hoc Review, 19 academic journals
  • National… Editorial Board, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships: 1998– 2002
  • National… Consulting Editor, Child Development: 2002 – 2006
  • International… Reviewer, Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada

Awards & Recognition:

  • Regents Distinguished Teaching Award, OSU, 2007-2008
  • Regents Distinguished Research Award, OSU, 2007-2008
  • Marguerite Scruggs Award for Meritorious Research, Spring 2007
  • Invited keynote address, Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression, St. Edwards University, Austin, TX: 2004
  • Recipient, Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society Alumni Award: 2001
  • Recipient, Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Professional Promise, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN: 1989

Professional Memberships:

  • Society for Research in Human Development (SRHD past President)
  • Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)

Research Statement:

Currently my professional work is focused around the theme of understanding psychosocial risk and protective processes in children’s social contexts. With Nutritional Sciences, Psychology, and Human Development and Family Science collaborators, I am analyzing and presenting data collected over 5 years as part of the Families & Schools for Health (FiSH) Project, an interdisciplinary study of psychosocial risk factors in child obesity. More broadly, I study how school-age children’s interactions with peers (viz., their social withdrawal, aggression, and competence) are influenced by family interactions at home as well as the emotional climate in the classroom. I currently teach courses on parenting and peer relations at the undergraduate level and courses on risk and resilience and research methods at the graduate level. I enjoy instruction and writing about instruction, and have recently published a manuscript about teaching parenting. The service-related experience I am most excited about is the coming implementation of a significant curriculum revision for our HDFS CFS students. I also am incoming president this year of the Society for Research on Human Development.

Research Areas:

  • psychosocial factors in childhood obesity
  • kindergarten classroom interventions to facilitate inclusive play;
  • Family (parent-child, sibling, marital) dyadic interaction antecedents and social-cognitive mediators of children's social competence, withdrawal, and aggression in preschool/early school years;

Grants:

  • Harrist, A. (PI), Kennedy, T. & Topham, G. (Co-PIs). Intervening in Family and Peer Contexts to Decrease Child Overweight. (Jan 2005-Dec 2008), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). ($1,000,000.).
  • Trench, N. (PI), & Harrist, A. (Co-PI). Fire Safety Messages for Young Children 3 to 5 Years Old. (May 2003-Apr 2004), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). ($48,904.).
  • Harrist, A. (PI). Evaluating a Touch Points Intervention. (Jan 2003-Aug 2003) Department of Human Services Success-by-Six Initiative (DHS) ($21,430.).
  • Harrist, A., & Thompson, S. D. (Co-PIs). Defining Quality Early Childhood Education in Oklahoma (Jan 2002-Dec 2002). Tulsa Community Foundation ($10,000.)
  • Harrist, A. W., Topham, G., Shriver, L. H., Page, M., & Hubbs-Tait, L. (8/01/09-7/31/10). Intervening in Family and Peer Contexts to Decrease Child Overweight: Follow-up and Follow-Forward into 4th and 5th Grade. Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Stations (OAES). $41,664 Funded.
  • Harrist, A. W. Page, M., Topham, G., Shriver, L. H., & Hubbs-Tait, L. (1/01/09-12/31/09). Intervening in Family and Peer Contexts to Decrease Child Overweight: Follow-up and Follow-Forward into 4th Grade. Research Bridge Funding, College of Human Environmental Sciences, OSU. $15,000 Funded.
  • Harrist, A. W., Page, M., Topham, G., Humenikova, L. & Hubbs-Tait, L. (8/1/08-7/31/09). Families and Schools for Health: Follow-Up, Follow-Forward. Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST). $45,000 Funded.
  • Harrist, A. W. (Spring 2009). Less is More: Developing a Local and Global Community-Based Service Program Based on the Human Ecological Model. Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Campus Compact Service-Learning Incentive Grant. $500 Funded
  • Harrist, A. W., Page, M., Topham, G., Humenikova, L. & Hubbs-Tait, L. (8/1/07-7/31/08). Families and Schools for Health: Follow-Up and Follow-Forward into 2nd and 3rd Grade. Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST). $45,000 Funded.

Resources:

  • Solving Problems Through Prevention
  • White Paper: Social Rejection: How to Decrease the Problem By Starting Early
  • Publications:

    • Harrist, A. W., Henry, C. S., Liu, C., Morris, A. S. Family resilience: The power of rituals and routines in family adaptive systems. B. Fiese (Ed.), The APA handbook of contemporary family psychology: Foundations, methods, and changing forms, Volume 1. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press.
    • Criss, M. M., Henry, C.S., Harrist, A. W., & Lazrelere, R. E.  (2015). Interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to strengthening family and individual resilience: An introduction to the special issue. Family Relations, 64, 1-4. doi:10.1111/fare.12109
    • Criss, M. M., Henry, C.S., Harrist, A. W., & Lazrelere, R. E.  (2015). Interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to strengthening family and individual resilience: An introduction to the special issue. Family Relations, 64, 1-4. doi:10.1111/fare.12109
    • Cui, L., Morris, A. S., Harrist, A. W., Larzelere, R. E., Criss, M. M., & Houltberg, B. J. (2015). Adolescent dynamic RSA responses during an anger discussion task: Relations to emotion regulation and adjustment. Emotion, 15, 360-372.
    • Cui, L., Morris, A. S., Larzelere, R. E., Harrist, A. W, & Criss, M. M. (2015). Dynamic changes in parent affect and adolescent cardiac vagal regulation: A real-time analysis. Journal of Family Psychology, 29, 180-190.
    • Harrist, A. W., & Grzywacz, J. G. (Series Eds.) & Welch, G. L. & Harrist, A. W. (Vol. Eds.)   (2015). Emerging Issues in Family and Individual Resilience: Vol. 1. Resilience amongst families facing chronic health challenges. Interdisciplinary and translational perspectives. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International, Volume in preparation.
    • Henry, C.S., Morris, A. S., & Harrist, A. W. (2015). Moving into the third wave. Family resilience: Family Relations, 64, 22-43.
    • Shriver, L. H., Hubbs-Tait, L., Topham, G.L., Harrist, A. W., & Page, M. C. (2015). Child weight status moderates the relation between parental monitoring and concern about weight, and body esteem among 1st graders. Appetite, Manuscript in press
    • Harrist, A. W., Achacoso, J. A., John, A., Pettit, G. S., Bates, J. E., & Dodge, K. A. (2014). Reciprocal and complementary sibling interactions: relations with socialization outcomes in the kindergarten classroom. Manuscript accepted for publication in special issue of Early Education and Development, 25, 202-222. doi:10.1080/10409289.2014.848500
    • Cavell, T. A., Harrist, A. W., & Del Vecchio, T. (2013). Working With Parents of Aggressive Children: Ten Principles and the Role of Authoritative Parenting. In B. Larzelere, A. Morris, and & A. Harrist (Eds.), Authoritative parenting: Synthesizing nurturance and discipline for optimal child development. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press. .
    • Harrist, A. W., Hubbs-Tait, L., Topham, G.L., Shriver, L. H., & Page, M. C. (2013). Emotion regulation is related to children’s emotional and external eating. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 34, 557-565.
    • Larzelere, R. E., Morris, A. S., & Harrist, A. W. (Eds.) (2013). Authoritative parenting: Synthesizing nurturance and discipline for optimal child development. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press. .
    • Shriver, L. H., Harrist, A. W., Page M, Hubbs-Tait, L., Moulton MM*, & Topham, G.L. (2013). Differences in Body Esteem by Weight Status, Gender and Physical Activity among Young Elementary School-aged Children. Body Image, 10, 78-84.
    • Harrist, A. W., Topham, G.L., Hubbs-Tait, L., Page, M. C., Kennedy, T. S., & Shriver, L. H. (2012). What developmental science can contribute to a transdisciplinary understanding of Childhood Obesity: An inter- and intrapersonal risk model. Child Development Perspectives, 6, 445-465.
    • Shriver, L. H., Harrist, A. W., Hubbs-Tait, L., Topham, G.L., Page, M. C., & Barrett, A. (2011). Weight status, physical activity, and fitness among 3rd-grade low-income rural children. Journal of School Health, 81, 536-544.
    • Topham, G.L., Hubbs-Tait, L., Rutledge, J. M., Page, M. C., Kennedy, T. S., Shriver, L. H., & Harrist, A. H. (2011). Parenting styles, parental response to child emotion, and family emotional expressiveness are related to child emotional eating. Appetite, 56, 261-264.
    • Topham, G.L., Harrist, A. W. , Page, M. C., Rutledge, J. M., Kennedy, T., Shriver, L. H., & Hubbs-Tait, L. (2010). Maternal Depression and Socioeconomic Status Moderate the Parenting Style/Child Obesity Association. Public Health Nutrition, 13, 1237-1244.
    • Hubbs-Tait, L., Kennedy T. S., Page, M. C., Topham, G. L., & Harrist, A. W. (2008). Parental feeding practices predict authoritative, authoritarian, and permissive parenting styles. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 108, 1154-1161.
    • Hubbs-Tait, L., Kennedy, T, Page, M.C., Topham, G.L., & Harrist, A.W. (2008). Authoritative, authoritarian, and permissive parenting styles: predicted by unique combinations of restriction, pressure, responsibility, monitoring and modeling. Journal of American Dietetic Association, 108: 1154-1161.
    • Hubbs-Tait, L., Kennedy, T, Page, M.C., Topham, G.L., & Harrist, A.W. (2008). Parenting Practices and Nutrition Practice, Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 108:1161-1163
    • Harrist, A. W., Thompson, S. D., & Norris, D. J. (2007). Defining quality child care: Multiple stakeholder perspectives. Early Education & Development, 18, 1-32.
    • Harrist, R. S., Carlozzi, B. L., McGovern, A. R., & Harrist, A. W. (2007). Psychological and health benefits of emotional expression about life goals: Writing, talking, and moderating influences. Journal of Research in Personality, 40, 923-930.
    • Robinson, L.C. & Harrist, A.W.   (2004). Service-learning as a value-added curriculum strategy in Family and Consumer Sciences. Kappa Omicron Nu FORUM, 15(2), 31-40.
    • Cookston, J.T., Harrist, A.W., & Ainslie, R.C. (2003). Maternal negative affect as a mediator between marital conflict and children's negativity with unfamiliar peers. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 12, 185-200.
    • Harrist, A.W. (2003). Parent-child synchrony, In J.R. Miller, R.M. Lerner, & L.B. Schiamberg, & P.M. Anderson (Eds.), Human Ecology: An encyclopedia of children, families, communities, and environments, pp 552-555. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio.
    • Harrist, A.W. & Bradley, K.D.   (2003). "You can't say you can't play": Intervening in the process of social exclusion in the kindergarten classroom. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 18, 185-205.
    • Harrist, A.W. & Bradley, K.D.   (2002). Social exclusion in the classroom: Teachers and students as agents of change. In D. Cordova & J. Aronson (Eds.), Improving Academic Achievement: Contributions of Social Psychology, San Diego, CA: Academic Press, pp. 363-383.
    • Harrist, A.W. & Waugh, R.M.   (2002). Dyadic synchrony: Its structure and function in children's interactions. Developmental Review, 555-592.
    • Harrist, A.W. & Pettit, G.S.   (2000). The Social Events System: Creating and coding focused narrative records of family interaction. In P. Kerig & K. Lindahl (Eds.), Family Observational Coding Systems: Resources for Systematic Research, (pp.187-205) Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
    • Harrist, A.W. & Ainslie, R.C.   (1998). Marital discord and children's behavior problems: Parent-child relationship quality and children's interpersonal awareness as mediators. Journal of Family Issues, 19, 140-163.
    • Harrist, A.W., Zaia, A.F., Bates, J.E., Dodge, K.A., & Pettit, G.S. (1997). Subtypes of social withdrawal in early childhood: Sociometric status and social-cognitive differences across four years. Child Development, 68, 278-294.
    • Harrist, A.W., Pettit, G.S., Dodge, K.A., & Bates, J.E. (1994). Dyadic synchrony in mother-child interaction: Relation with children's subsequent kindergarten adjustment. Family Relations, 43, 417-424.
    • Sinclair, J.J., Pettit, G.S., Harrist, A.W., Dodge, K.A., & Bates, J.E. (1994). Encounters with aggressive peers in early childhood: Frequency, age differences, and correlates of risk for behavior problems. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 17, 675-696.
    • Pettit, G.S. & Harrist, A.W.   (1993). Children's aggressive and socially unskilled playground behavior with peers: Origins in early family relations. In C.H. Hard (Ed.), Children on playgrounds: Research perspectives and applications, pp 240-270, Albany: State University of New York Press.
    • Blinn, L. & Harrist, A.W.   (1991). Combining native instant photography and photo-elicitation. Visual Anthropology, 4, 175-192.
    • Pettit, G.S., Harrist, A.W., Bates, J.E., & Dodge, K.A. (1991). Family interaction, social cognition and children's subsequent relations with peers at kindergarten. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 8, 383-402.