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Human Development & Family Science - Faculty Expertise

Faculty Member Expertise Areas  

Lana Beasley
Associate Professor

Qualitative and mixed-methods research
Randomized clinical trials and program evaluation
Child death review and abuse reports
Facilitating relationships with field and state agencies
Managing large databases
Creating reports for funding agencies
Home visiting programs serving high-risk populations

Lana Beasley

Alex Bishop
Associate Professor

Subjective well-being
Religiosity and spirituality
Centenarians/oldest-old
Aging in prison

Alex Bishop

Matt Brosi
Associate Professor/Masonic Chair for Interdisciplinary Research

Couple and family therapy training processes
Mediation/alternative dispute resolution
Co-parenting through divorce
Intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and resilience-based treatment processes

Matt Brosi

Cindy Clampet
Assistant State Specialist - Family Resource Management

Family finance issues
Consumer credit issues
Employability skills.

Cindy Clampet

Gretchen Cole Lade
Assistant Professor

Family and school collaboration
Assistive technology
Inclusion

Gretchen Cole Lade

Marie Collins
Teaching Instructor

Early childhood education, differentiation

 
Marie Collins

Ron Cox
Associate Professor/GKFF Chair in Family Resilience

Formation of risk and resilience factors
Substance abuse, dropout, team pregnancy and externalizing behaviors
Co-parenting among divorcing or separating couples with a child
Program evaluation and intervention designs
Methodological strategies
Latino youth and families
Prevention science

Ron Cox

Michael Criss
Associate Professor

Parenting
Children's relationships with parents, siblings, and peers
Developmental change in parenting and children's interpersonal relationships
Antecedents of antisocial behavior
Child resilience

Michael Criss

Kami Gallus
Associate Professor

Systemic dynamics and intergenerational transmission of trauma
Systemic factors of post traumatic growth and resiliency
Women's mental health and childbearing issues
Marriage and family therapy outreach and outcomes in rural settings

Kami Gallus

Brandt Gardner
Associate Professor

Approaches to the study of behavior in marital and family processes
Longitudinal study of premarital and newlywed interaction processes
Physiological correlates of marital and couple interactional processes
Proximal and distal health effects of couple communication processes
Family-of-origin influences on marital and couple relationship processes

Brandt Gardner

Nathan Hardy
Assistant Professor

The longitudinal course of healthy marriage
Change processes in couple therapy
Marriage and relationship education
Couples and diabetes

Nathan Hardy
 

Amanda Harrist
Professor/Bryan Close Chair in Early Childhood Development

Family (parent-child, sibling, marital) interaction in early school years
Kindergarten classroom interventions to facilitate inclusive play
Psychosocial factors in childhood obesity
Social Development Lab Website

Amanda Harrist
 

Charles Hendrix
Associate Professor/Graduate Coordinator

Marriage and family therapy outcomes
Training and supervision

Charles Hendrix
 

Carolyn Henry
Professor

Families with adolescents
Family risk and resilience
Family theory
Family interaction

Carolyn Henry
 

Laura Hubbs-Tait
Regents Professor

Parent-child relationships
Child cognitive and social competence
Head Start
Interactions among micronutrients, neurotoxicants, and parenting
Child overweight/obesity

Laura Hubbs-Tait

Christine Johnson
Professor/Associate Dean Research and Graduate Studies

Marriage and marriage education
Research methodology
Program evaluation

Christine Johnson
 

Jennifer Jones
Assistant Professor

Services and supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families
Social and community inclusion of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities 
IDD Network Website

Jennifer Jones
 

Robert Larzelere
Professor/Parenting Professor

Parental discipline strategies
Causal inferences from longitudinal data
Suicide risk in pre-adolescents 

Bob Larzelere
 

Michael Merten
Professor/Director, Center for Family Resilience

Individuals and families experiencing disadvantage and extreme poverty
Latino youth development in agricultural contexts
Adolescent health trajectories
Racial disparities in health
Community and family factors predicting adolescent mental and physical health

Michael Merten

Kate Mielitz
Assistant Professor

Underserved populations and financial capability
Financial education and people experiencing incarceration
Family financial issues in low-income households
Family Financial Planning

 
Kate

Amanda Morris
Regents Professor/GKFF Chair in Child Development

Social and emotional development in childhood and adolescence
Emotional regulation and emotional socialization
Developmental psychopathology 
Contextual influences on psychosocial development

Child and Adolescent Development Lab Website

Amanda Morris
 

Sissy Osteen
Department Head/Associate Professor

Family Financial Planning
Accumulation and protection of assets
Homebuyer Education
Financial literacy

Sissy Osteen
 

Karina Shreffler
Professor

Family demography
Motherhood and fatherhood
Reproductive health

Karina Shreffler

Todd Spencer
Assistant Professor of Professional Practice/Director of the Center for Family Services

Couple dynamics and process
Fatherhood research
Divorce and reconciliation

 

Jennifer Stepp
Teaching Assistant Professor

Instructional coaching
Early literacy

Jenn Stepp

Michael Stout
Associate Professor/GKFF Chair in Family and Community Policy

Social capital
Civic engagement
Family and community policy

Mike Stout
 

Kristopher Struckmeyer
Assistant State Specialist - Caregiving

 

Family caregiving
Community education
Services and supports for care families

Kris Struckmeyer

Paula Tripp
Teaching Professor

Shortage of FACSED graduates for Cooperative Extension and secondary school positions
Home and school environmental influences on childhood obesity
Assessment of online and on-campus coursework

Paula Tripp
 

Isaac Washburn
Assistant Professor

Research methodology: longitudinal data analysis and mixture modeling
Program evaluation
Long-term behavior change

Isaac Washburn
 

Ginger Welch
Teaching Associate Professor

Child neglect
Child maltreatment fatalities
Child health
Teacher/counselor training

Ginger Welch
 

Amy Williamson Payton
Associate Professor/Ramona W E Paul Professor in Early Childhood

Infant mental health
Infant and toddler self-regulation
Early care and education 
Teacher-child and parent-child relationships, age birth to three
Development and well-being of ECE professionals

Amy Williamson Payton
 

Stephan Wilson
Regents Professor/Dean

Adolescents and families
Cross-cultural family issues
Adolescent social competence

Stephan Wilson