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  • Paul Amato, Ph.D. (Social Psychology), 1983, James Cook University, Australia, Professor (primary appointment in Sociology). Marital quality, divorce, single-parent families, parent-child relationships, fatherhood, family relations and psychological well being, families and gender, cross-cultural family research.
  • Karen Bierman, Ph.D. (Child-Clinical Psychology), 1981, University of Denver, Distinguished Professor (primary appointment in Psychology). Child-clinical psychology and socio-emotional development; peer relations, social skills for peer acceptance, and intervention programs to facilitate social adjustment.
  • Linda Caldwell, Ph.D. (Recreation), 1986, University of Maryland, Professor (primary appointment in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management), Adolescents, leisure and health; leisure education, prevention research, and the developmental affordances of leisure.
  • Pamela M. Cole, Ph.D. (Psychology), 1980, Pennsylvania State University, Professor (primary appointment in Psychology). Emotion regulation in early childhood; relation between emotion regulation and psychopathology; cultural differences in socialization of emotion.
  • David E. Conroy, Ph.D. (Exercise and Sport Science), 2000, University of Utah, Associate Professor (primary appointment in Kinesiology). Achievement motivation--development in early and middle childhood, and consequences across the lifespan.
  • Lorah Dorn, Ph.D. (Human Development & Family Studies), 1989, Pennsylvania State University, Professor, (primary appointment in the College of Nursing). Behavioral endocrinology with an emphasis on adolescence.
  • John W. Graham, Ph.D. (Social Psychology),1983, University of Southern California, Professor (primary appointment in Biobehavioral Health). Theoretical and statistical/methodological issues relating to the development of adolescent and adult health behavior.
  • Joyce Hopson-King, M.S. (Counseling Psychology), 1982, Lesley College. Director of Diversity Enhancement Programs, College of HHD (affiliate in HDFS). Academic advising and counseling, young adult education.
  • David R. Johnson, Ph.D. (Sociology), 1972, Vanderbilt University, Professior (primary appointment in Sociology). Marital quality over the life course, family and mental health, marital instabillity, quantitative methods for panel analysis, attrition in panel studies, rural-urban differences in mental health, community effects on child neglect.
  • Valarie King, Ph.D. (Sociology), 1993, University of Pennsylvania, Associate Professor (primary appointment in Sociology). Fathers and children, child well-being, divorce, religion and family behavior, grandparents and grandchildren, cohabitation among older adults.
  • Stephanie Lanza, Ph.D. (Human Development and Family Studies), 2003, The Pennsylvania State University, Professor, Biobehavioral Health, College of Health and Human Development. Research methods; finite mixture models including latent class analysis and latent transition analysis.
  • Lynn Liben, Ph.D. (Psychology), 1972, University of Michigan, Distinguished Professor (primary appointment in Psychology). Reseach addresses development of spatial cognition, symbolic understanding, and how these inform education in schools and museums; the development of gender and racial stereotypes; and the intersection of these two domains (e.g., sex differences in spatial skills and occupational choice).
  • Jenae M. Neiderhiser, Ph.D. (Human Development and Family Studies), 1994, Penn State, Professor (primary appointment in Psychology). Understanding the interplay between genes and environment throughout the lifespan.
  • Jon F. Nussbaum, Ph.D. (Speech Communication), 1981, Purdue University, Professor (primary appointment in Communication Arts & Sciences). Lifespan relationship change across contexts, communicative behavior of individuals across the lifespan emphasizing older adult, health organizations, and communication.
  • D. Wayne Osgood, Ph.D. (Social Psychology), 1977, University of Colorado at Boulder, Professor (primary appointment in Crime, Law and Justice). Crime and delinquency; adolescent problem behavior; juvenile justice; time use and deviance; peer influence.
  • Daniel Perkins, Ph.D. (Family and Child Ecology), 1995, Michigan State University, Professor of Family and Youth Resiliency and Policy (primary appointment in Agriculture and Extension Education). Youth development, youth engagement in risk behaviors or in youth programs (sports); youth-adult partnerships; development of initiative in youth, evaluation of youth and family strength-based, intervention and/or prevention programs; intersection between prevention science and promotion; type II translational research, contextual influences on development of youth; collaboration and community development; and human ecosystems.
  • David Post, Ph.D. (Comparative Education),1987, University of Chicago, Professor (primary appointment in Educational Policy Studies). Cross-national variations in family structure effects on children's well-being and school attainment; impact of public policy on educational stratification in Latin America and Hong Kong.
  • Stacy J. Silver, Ph.D. (Sociology), 1993, Ohio State University, Associate Professor (primary appointment in Sociology). Family structure and interaction, adult and child well-being.
  • Rachel Smith, Ph.D. (Communication), 2003, Michigan State University, Associate Professor (primary appointment in Communication Arts & Sciences), member of the Huck Institute for Life Sciences in the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics and investigator in the Methodology Center. Content and patterning of social interactions on health influences on social interactions: stigmatization;social influnce; diffusion; infectious disease; quantitative interests in dyads and networks.
  • Kimberly van Haitsma, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology), Bowling Green University, Associate Professor (primary appointment in Nursing), Director, Program for Person-Centered Living Systems of Care. Development of Observational Methodologies to assess behavior and emotion in dementia; Developing Evidence-based Education Programs to Enhance the Skills of Formal Caregivers; Advancing the understanding of person centered care- “knowing preferences for everyday living”;Development of Measurement Tools for Research and Clinical Practice;Development of Evidence-based Interventions for Formal Caregivers