Health, Development and Family Processes

Faculty in the HDFS department pursue research programs focused on health and well-being across the lifespan and across multiple contexts including family, work, and leisure. Examples of topics with active research projects include the development and long-term impact of infant sleep, eating, and emotion regulation; development of food intake controls from infancy through adolescence; effects of food insecurity on children’s health; links between gender socialization in the family and child and adolescent mental health and adjustment; the etiology, consequences, and prevention of substance use, sexually transmitted infections, and unwanted pregnancy during adolescence and the transition to adulthood; the physiology of aggression in adolescence; the promotion of positive leisure; development of sexuality in emerging adults; fathers’ health; the crossover of parents’ stress to youth family experiences and health and well-being; links between daily experiences and stress in middle adulthood; changes in cognition and well-being across the life span; differentiating age-related and death-related processes in late life development; family caregiving for the elderly; and cross-national comparisons of old-age care systems. Methodologists are actively pursuing the development and application of innovative strategies for modeling dynamic processes in health and well-being.

Many faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students with interests in health are affiliated with research centers in the College of Health and Human Development, such as the Prevention Research Center, Center for Childhood Obesity Research, Center for Healthy Aging, and Methodology Center.

For more information about specific projects, click on the links to faculty listed below:

David Almeida

Eva Lefkowitz

Jennifer Maggs

Susan McHale

Peter Molenaar

Nilam Ram

Mike Rovine

Ed Smith

Doug Teti

Steve Zarit