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Oklahoma State University

Ronald B. Cox, Jr.



Associate Professor/Family Science State Specialist
Oklahoma State University
Human Development and Family Science
233 Human Sciences
Stillwater OK 74078
Office Phone: 405-744-9938

Areas of Expertise

Co-parenting and stepfamily dynamics, adolescent high risk behavior, parenting, Latino families

Population of Interest

Latinos, cultural minorities relevant to race/ethnicity, region, and social status


Ronald B. Cox, Jr. received his B.A. in Psychology from Harding University in Searcy, AR, his M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from University of Louisiana, Monroe and his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Family and Child Ecology. He currently holds a joint appointment at Oklahoma State University as Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science and as the Family Science State Specialist in the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Services. His research involves contextual factors as risk regulators in the development of high-risk behaviors and resilience in adolescents with a focus on Latino youth. His most recent projects include studies on substance abuse among adolescents in Venezuela, the development of social competence among Mexican youth, a needs and resource assessment of Latinos in Oklahoma, and school dropout among Latino youth in Oklahoma. Dr. Cox has presented workshops and conferences on adolescent development, adolescent substance use, family communication, co-parenting through divorce, divorce and remarriage, and step-family formation.

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