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Adolescent Development faculty in HDFS pursue programs of research that span this developmental period, from the transition into adolescence through emerging adulthood. Their work cuts across all areas of the department, including family relationships, prevention, and methodology, and utilizes a range of methods, including surveys, diaries, interviews, and observations. Examples of current research projects include: Community-based violence prevention in adolescents; Heavy alcohol use among college students; Gender, ethnicity, and sexual behavior among college students; Links between parenting practice and adolescent dieting and eating problems; The development of sexual orientation; Family relationships and adolescent gender socialization.

Mayra Bamaca-Colbert
Adolescent development and adjustment among ethnic minority youth, with an emphasis on Latino adolescents living in the U.S.
H. Harrington (Bo) Cleveland
Interaction of genetic and environmental influences on adolescent and young adult risk-behaviors, including alcohol and tobacco use, aggression, and delinquency; contribution of traits to the selection and modification of social contexts.
Christian Connell
Effects of maltreatment, trauma, and other adverse experiences on adolescent behavioral health outcomes; effects of services, supports, and system involvement on behavioral health outcomes; social-ecological and contextual influences on adolescent wellbeing; development of risky behaviors in adolescence.
Diana Fishbein
I am particularly interested in adolescence given the substantial plasticity of the brain during this period and the potential for intervention to act on malleable mechanisms to improve outcomes.
Gregory M. Fosco
My work, and that of my graduate students, also focuses on long-term developmental questions related to family influences on adolescent psychological adjustment, subjective well-being, and social development (peer relationships, romantic relationships) from early adolescence into early adulthood.
Charles F. Geier
Adolescent neurodevelopment of reward and cognitive control; decision-making and risk-taking; short and long term consequences of cigarette smoking; habitual behaviors; functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
Jennifer L. Maggs
Adolescent social development and health; transition to adulthood; risk behaviors; prevention science; research methods; alcohol expectancies.
Susan M. McHale
Family relationships and family roles (particularly gender roles) in childhood and adolescence; differential socialization of siblings.
Ed Smith
Adolescent development with a focus on the design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions to prevent problem behaviors.