Gregory M. Fosco 

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Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies; Karl R. and Diane Wendle Fink Early Career Professor for the Study of Families

Contact Information

226 Health and Human Development East
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-863-7963

Research Interests

I am interested in understanding the family as a context of child and adolescent development, with the ultimate goal of informing interventions to better serve families and youth. My research follows two inter-related lines of inquiry, focusing on the family context of child and adolescent development and change processes in family-centered interventions. This research capitalizes on different strengths from basic and intervention science: it works to advance theoretical models of the family context in which children and adolescents develop, and tests the long-term effects of systematically changing family processes in treatment. However, the predominant focus in my work is to capture a more complete picture of the family context in which children and adolescents develop. Accordingly, I design studies and analyze data to incorporate multiple dimensions of family functioning, including systems processes such as interdependency, wholism, and circular causality. Thus, my work has examined several family processes, including whole-family, parent-child, and interparental dynamics that affect child and adolescent social, behavioral, and emotional development. More recently, I have begun investigating family processes that contribute to adolescents’ happiness and life satisfaction.

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B.S., 1999, Psychology, University of California, Davis
M.S., 2006, Child Development, University of California, Davis
Ph.D., 2008, Clinical Psychology, Marquette University

Professional Experience

  • 2013-Present: Karl R. and Diane Wendle Fink Early Career Professor for the Study of Families
  • 2011-Present: Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
  • 2010-2011: Research Associate, Child and Family Center, University of Oregon, Family Intervention Scientist, Positive Family Support Project
  • 2009-2010: Executive Committee Member, Center on Early Adolescence, ORI
  • 2008-2010: Postdoctoral Fellow, Child and Family Center, University of Oregon

Selected Publications

Fosco, G.M. & Feinberg, M.E. (In Press). Cascading effects of interparental conflict in adolescence: Linking threat appraisals, self-efficacy, and adjustment. Development and Psychopathology.

Fosco, G.M., Lippold, M., & Feinberg, M.E. (In Press). Interparental Boundary Problems, Parent-Adolescent Hostility, and Adolescent-Parent Hostility: A Family Process Model for Adolescent Aggression Problems. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice.

Fosco, G.M., Van Ryzin, M., Stormshak, E.A., & Dishion, T.J. (2014). Putting theory to the test: Examining Family Context, Caregiver Motivation, and Conflict in the Family Check-Up model. Development and Psychopathology, 26, 306-318.

Fosco, G. M., Frank, J. L., Stormshak, E. A., & Dishion, T. J. (2013). Opening the “Black Box”: Explaining Family Check-Up Intervention Effects for Adolescent Effortful Control, Problem Behavior, and Substance Use. Journal of School Psychology, 51, 455-468.

Fosco, G. M., & Grych, J. H. (2013). Capturing the family context of emotion regulation: A family systems model comparison approach. Journal of Family Issues, 34, 557-578.

Fosco, G. M., Caruthers, A. S., & Dishion, T. J. (2012). A six-year predictive text of adolescent family relationship quality and effortful control pathways to emerging adult social and emotional health. Journal of Family Psychology, 26, 565-575. doi: 10.1037/a0028873

Fosco, G. M. & Grych, J. H. (2010). Adolescent triangulation into parental conflicts: Longitudinal implications for appraisals and adolescent-parent relations. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72, 254-266.

Fosco, G. M., & Grych, J. H. (2008). Emotional, cognitive, and family systems mediators of children’s adjustment to interparental conflict. Journal of Family Psychology, 22, 843-854.

Fosco, G. M., DeBoard, R. L., & Grych, J. H. (2007). Making sense of family violence: Implications of children’s appraisals of interparental aggression for their short- and long-term functioning. The European Psychologist, 12, 6–16.

Curriculum Vitae

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