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Stephen Gavazzi

Professor, Department of Human Sciences

(419) 755-4221
gavazzi.1@osu.edu

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Education

  • Ph.D. Family Studies, School of Family Studies, University of Connecticut, 1991
  • M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy Program, School of Family Studies, University of Connecticut, 1985
  • B.A. Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, 1983

Research Interests

Research Summary

Professor Gavazzi has established a research program that identifies the impact of family dynamics on adolescent development, psychopathology, and problem behavior. Dr. Gavazzi has been involved in the development and evaluation of a number of family-based programming efforts, including a multifamily psychoeducation group for families containing children with mood disorders implemented and evaluated through a grant from the National Institutes for Mental Health. Professor Gavazzi also has created the Growing Up FAST Program, a family-based diversion initiative for use with juvenile offenders and their families, that has been funded through a series of generous grants from the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services and the State of Ohio Department of Youth Services. Professor Gavazzi also has developed a web-based instrument known as the Global Risk Assessment Device (GRAD), designed to measure potential threats to the developmental needs of adolescents coming to the attention of the juvenile justice system, and has published widely on this topic. His current interests are focused on the development of a conceptual framework and related assessment tools for understanding and measuring campus-community relationships.

Experience

  • 2003 - Present Professor, The Ohio State University Department of Human Development and Family Science Family Science Program
  • 2011-2017 Dean and Director, The Ohio State University and Mansfield Campus
  • 1997 - 2003 Associate Professor The Ohio State University Department of Human Development and Family Science Family Science Program
  • 1991 - 1997 Assistant Professor The Ohio State University Department of Family Relations and Human Development Marriage and Family Therapy Program

Presentations

  • Gavazzi, S. M. (2016). Town-Gown Leadership through the Eyes of University Presidents and City Managers. Paper presentation at the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Gavazzi, S. M. (2016). The 10,000 Foot View on Student Alcohol Use and Abuse: Insights from University Presidents and College Town City Managers. Plenary presentation at the National Meeting of the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse and Recovery, Columbus, OH.
  • Gavazzi, S. M. (2016). The 10 Commandments of Town-Gown Relationships: Assessing Past and Present Interactions in Service to the Future. Paper presentation at the IUPUI Assessment Institute Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Gavazzi, S. M. (2016). How University Presidents and City Managers View Outreach and Engagement. Paper presentation at the Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference, Omaha, NE.
  • Gavazzi, S. M. (2016). The Ten Commandments of Town Gown Relationships: How University Presidents and City Managers View their Leadership Roles. Paper presentation at the International Town Gown Association Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Evans-Cowley, J., MacDonald, W. Gavazzi, S. M., and Gilbert, C. (2016). Shared Services: Planning and Implementing for Success. Paper presentation at the National Association of Branch Campus Administrators Conference, Wilmington, DE.
  • Gavazzi, S. M. (2015). Use of the Optimal College Town Assessment (OCTA) Tool in Evaluating Campus-Community Relationships. Paper presentation at the International Town Gown Association Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Gavazzi, S. M. (2015). Using Assessment Methods to Advance Campus-to-Campus and 
  • Campus-Community Partnerships. Paper presentation at the National Association of Branch Campus Administrators Conference, Davenport, IO.
  • Gavazzi, S. M. (2015). For Better or For Worse: Assessment of Town-Gown Relationships through a Marital Lens. Paper presentation at the IUPUI Assessment Institute Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Gavazzi, S. M. (2015). Assessing Town-Gown Relationships through the Lens of Marriage. Paper presentation at the Society for College and University Planners North Central Regional Conference, Columbus, OH.
  • Gavazzi, S. M. (2015). The Optimal College Town Assessment: Town-Gown Typologies and Mediating Factors. Paper presentation at the Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference, State College, PA.
  • Gavazzi, S. M. (2014). For Better or Worse: Understanding Optimal Campus-Community Relationships through the Lens of Marriage. Paper presentation at the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities Conference, Syracuse, NY.
  • Gavazzi, S. M., Fox, M., & Martin, J. (2014). Understanding Campus and Community Relationships through Marriage and Family Metaphors. Paper presentation at the International Town Gown Association Conference, Clemson, South Carolina.
  • Anderson, E., Gavazzi, S. M., Ganong, L., & Wilson, S. (2013). University Administrators Forum on Branding, Bonding, and Leadership Training. Panel presentation at the National Council on Family Relations Conference, San Antonio, TX.
  • Gavazzi, S. M., (2012). From Accidental to Intentional: Future Leadership in the Family Field. Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations Conference, Phoenix, AZ.

Selected Publications

  • Gavazzi, S. M., and Gee, E. G. (forthcoming). Land-grant universities for the future: Higher education for the public good. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Gavazzi, S. M. (2016). The optimal town-gown marriage: Taking campus-community outreach and engagement to the next level. Charleston, SC: Create Space.
  • Shapiro, C., Malone, P., & Gavazzi, S. M. (2016). Modifying a risk assessment instrument for youthful offenders. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology,
  • Gavazzi, S. M., (2015). Engaged institutions, responsiveness, and town-gown relationships: Why deep culture change must emphasize the gathering of community feedback. Planning for Higher Education, 43, 1-9.
  • Gavazzi, S. M., (2015). Turning boys into men: The incentive-based system in Urban Meyer’s plan to win. International Sports Coaching Journal, 2, 298-304.
  • Gavazzi, S. M., (2015). Using assessment methods to advance campus-campus and campus-community partnerships. Access: The Journal of the National Association of Branch Campus Administrators, 1, 1-10.
  • Gavazzi, S. M., (2015). For better and for worse: Understanding optimal campus-community relationships through the lens of marriage. Municipal Universities, 26, 147-154.
  • Gavazzi, S. M., & Fox, M. (2015). A tale of three cities: Piloting a measure of effort and comfort levels within town-gown relationships. Innovative Higher Education, 40, 189-199.
  • Gavazzi, S. M., Fox, M., & Martin, J. (2014). Understanding campus and community relationships through marriage and family metaphors:  A town-gown typology. Innovative Higher Education, 39, 361-374.
  • Gavazzi, S. M. (2013). The art of being a failure as an academic field: A cautionary tale for family science. Family Science Review, 18, 3-12.
  • Yorgason, J. B., Gavazzi, Kamp-Dush, C., Yarcheck, C. M., Chang, S. L., & Stockdale, L. (2013). Mental health and disrupted family processes in the lives of court involved African American and Caucasian youth being raised by grandparents. Journal of Family Issues.
  • Davis, T. S., Gavazzi, S. M., Scheer, S. D., Kwon, I. A., Lammers, A., Fristad, M. A., Uppal, R. (2012). Measuring Family Caregiver Perceptions of Support in Caring for Children and Youth With Mental Health Concerns. Journal of Social Service Research, 20, 669-684.
  • Davis, T. S., Gavazzi, S. M., Scheer, S. D., & Uppal, R. (2011). Measuring individualized parent advocate services in children’s mental health: A contextualized theoretical application. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 20, 669-684.
  • Khurana, A., Cooksey, E. C., & Gavazzi, S. M. (2011). Juvenile Delinquency and Teenage Pregnancy: A Comparison of Ecological Risk Profiles among Midwestern European and African American Female Juvenile Offenders. Psychology of Women’s Quarterly, 35,  282-292.
  • Khurana, A., & Gavazzi, S. M. (2011). Juvenile Delinquency and Adolescent Fatherhood. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. 55, 756-770.
  • Melde, C., Gavazzi S. M.,McGarrell, E. F., & Bynum, T. (2011). On the efficacy of targeted gang interventions: Can we identify those most at risk? Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 9, 279-294.
  • Davis, T. S., Scheer, S. D., & Gavazzi, S. M., & Uppal. R. (2010). Parent advocates in children’s mental health: Program implementation processes and considerations. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 37,468–483.