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Oklahoma State University

Michael M. Criss



Associate Professor
Oklahoma State University
Human Development and Family Science
233 Human Sciences
Stillwater OK 74078
Office Phone: 405-744-4325

Areas of Expertise

Parenting, peer relationships, developmental change in parent-child relationship, developmental psychopathology, emotion regulation, adolescent development

Population of Interest

Middle childhood, adolescence, high-risk families


Dr. Michael Criss received his B.S. in Psychology and M.S. in Developmental Psychology from Illinois State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Human Development in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK. Dr. Criss has published extensively on developmental psychopathology, particularly the development of antisocial behavior during middle childhood and adolescence. His research also has focused on developmental change in parenting and parent-child relationship quality and factors that are related to such change. Among his publications include two studies examining positive peer relationships as protective factors for at-risk children. Dr. Criss is Primary Investigator (PI) of the Child & Adolescent Relationship Lab (CARL) Project which investigates predictors and outcome of parenting during adolescence. Moreover, he is a Co-PI along with Dr. Amanda Morris on the Family and Youth Development Project which examines predictors and outcomes of emotion regulation during adolescence in high-risk, low-income families. Dr. Criss typically teaches the undergraduate classes lifespan development, parenting, and adolescent development and the graduate class behavior problems.

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