220 Human Sciences
Research Statement: (click to view)
I am interested in collaborating with others who are concerned about the best scientific evidence on important questions about family and family-type relationships. Making progress on that huge goal has led me to emphasize improving research methodology and research on parental discipline in my research program and mentoring. I investigate specific disciplinary processes that account for the effectiveness of the authoritative parenting combination of warmth, communication, just-firm-enough control and increasing autonomy. I am interested in comparing the effectiveness of alternative disciplinary responses to misbehavior and searching for alternative tactics that are more effective than non-abusive spanking in situations where the latter has traditionally been used. In terms of research methodology, my research involves discriminating between and enhancing causal evidence from non-randomized research designs. I am interested in helping colleagues and students with statistical and methodological aspects of their research.
Publications (click to view)
Pediatrics Article on Physical Punishment Shows How Parenting Experts Can Misinform Parents about Parental Discipline