Human Development and Family Studies Faculty

Ames, Barbara Ph.D.
  • Family history, theory and demography
  • Older workers in a changing economy
  • Women and social justice



Blow, Adrian Ph.D.
  • Resiliency processes in military families
  • Couple and family coping in the face of trauma
  • Infidelity in committed relationships
  • Common factors across theories of couple and family therapy


Bonomi, Amy E. Ph.D., M.P.H.
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Sexual violence
  • Prevention
  • Health impacts


Bowles, Ryan
  • Assessment of early childhood literacy skills
  • Language and literacy development in preschool
  • Research methodology for studying development
Brophy-Herb, Holly E. Ph.D.
  • Self regulation skills in infants, toddlers, and very young children
  • Associations between parent/caregiver emotional socialization and early social-emotional development, including self-regulation
  • Applied research on promoting parenting/family strengths via Infant Mental Health-based prevention and intervention models


Carolan, Marsha Ph.D.
  • Focus on diverse families and health
  • Feminist and multicultural theories applied to women and families
  • Qualitative methodologies with an emphasis on grounded theory


Douglas, Sarah N. Ph.D.
  • Communication interventions for children with autism and intellectual/developmental disabilities
  • Augmentative and alternative communication
  • Training strategies for parents, paraeducators, and teachers
Gerde, Hope K. Ph.D.
  • Relations between early reading and writing development
  • Distance learning approaches to early childhood teacher professional development
  • Teacher influences of children's language and literacy development


Griffore, Robert J. Ph.D.

• Ecology, metacontingencies, and proximal processes, in human development

• Experiences of older adults, including in life adjustments, transitions, ageism

• Developmental experiences associated with cultural differences

Johnson, Deborah J. Ph.D.
  • Racial-ethnic parental socialization
  • Racial-identity development
  • Child racial coping
  • Cultural and global contexts of development
  • Cultural adjustment of immigrant groups
McCauley, Heather L., Sc.D., M.S.
  • Intimate partner violence and sexual violence
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Community-engaged violence prevention
Nuttall, Amy K., Ph.D.
  • Family stress contexts
  • Intergenerational transmission of parenting
  • Sibling relationships
  • Resilient family processes and child developmental outcomes
  • Quantitative methods for studying development and families



Parra-Cardona, José Rubén Ph.D.
  • Cultural adaptation of evidence-based parenting interventions
  • Protective parenting in Latino populations
  • Gender-based violence and elimination of male abusive behaviors


Phenice, Lillian A. Ph.D.
  • The ecology of ethnic minority individuals and families
  • Life span development and adaptation of marginalized individuals and families
  • Practice, Precautionary, and Preventative Principles with children’s health



Qin, Desiree Baolian Ed.D.
  • Cultural adaptation of adolescents and emerging adults from immigrant/sojourner backgrounds
  • Parenting, tiger moms, and children’s developmental outcomes across cultural contexts
  • Mental health of high achieving students


Schiamberg, Lawrence B. Ph.D.
  • Adolescent Bullying in the context of families, schools, and neighborhoods
  • Elder Abuse in the family/community and in nursing homes
  • Older adult well-being and health in family, community and global settings



Silvey, Le Anne E. Ph.D, ACSW, LMSW.
  • American Indian individual, family, and community development
  • Cross cultural practice across the lifespan
  • Management and ethical issues in human services


Skibbe, Lori Ph.D.
  • Early literacy development in the context of families and schools
  • Assessment of literacy skills during preschool
  • Early literacy interventions for children with special needs


Vallotton, Claire D. Ph.D.
  • Infant sign/symbolic gestures
  • Infant mental health
  • Parent-child interaction and communication
  • Child effects on adult-child relationships
  • Early development of symbolic and social skills
  • Quantitative observational methods of research
Villarruel, Francisco A. Ph.D.
  • Juvenile Justice System Reform/Disproportionate Minority Contact
  • Youth Development
  • Latino youth and families


Wittenborn, Andrea K. Ph.D.
  • Mechanisms and treatment of depression
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples
  • Adult attachment processes


Youatt, June Pierce Ph.D.
  • Family Community Services
  • Higher Education and Leadership