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Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan

Professor, Psychology
Associate Chair, Department of Human Sciences
Professor, Department of Human Sciences

Program Area: Human Development and Family Science

(614) 688-3437
schoppe-sullivan.1@osu.edu

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Biography

Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan is a professor in the Departments of Human Sciences and Psychology at The Ohio State University and an affiliate of the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy. She received her PhD in developmental psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Schoppe-Sullivan’s research is primarily focused on how parents manage their parenting roles and responsibilities together – or coparenting – and the roles of fathers in families. She is particularly interested in the implications of coparenting and father-child relationships for child and family functioning and the development of these relationships across the transition to parenthood. Her research has been funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Science Foundation.

She has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Marriage and Family, Family Relations, Fathering, Parenting: Science and Practice, and the Journal of Family Theory and Review. Schoppe-Sullivan has also received numerous awards recognizing the high quality of her teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.

Education

  • PhD, Developmental Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003
  • MA, Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1999
  • BA, Psychology, Northwestern University, 1996

Areas of Expertise

  • Coparenting
  • Father-child relationships
  • Transition to parenthood
  • Child influences on family relationships

Research

My research examines family influences on young children's socioemotional development. Specifically, I have three central areas of interest: (1) coparenting relationships – how effectively adults within the family system coordinate their roles as parents – and the implications of the quality of coparenting relationships for child and family functioning; (2) the roles of fathers in the family system, particularly the roles of fathers within coparenting relationships; and (3) the effects of children's characteristics and behavior on family relationships.

Experience

  • 2009-Present, Associate Professor, Child Development, Human Development & Family Science, The Ohio State University
  • Winter/Spring 2005, Visiting Scholar, University of Notre Dame
  • 2003-2009, Assistant Professor, Child Development, Human Development & Family Science, The Ohio State University
  • 2001-2002, Fellow, University of Illinois
  • 1997-2002, Research/Teaching Assistant, University of Illinois

Professional Service

  • 2011-present, Editorial Board, Journal of Family Theory and Review
  • 2010-present, Editorial Board, Family Relations
  • Theory Construction and Research Methodology workshop chair, 2011
  • Reviewer of submissions, 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013 Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting
  • Reviewer of submissions, 2008, 2009, and 2010 National Council on Family Relations annual conference
  • Ad-Hoc Reviewer: Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Infancy, Infant Mental Health Journal, Journal of Family Issues, Journal of Family Psychology, Journal of Marriage and Family, Parenting: Science and Practice

Honors

  • 2013 Top Professor in Counseling, Psychology, and Therapy, mastersincounseling.org
  • 2013 Top Education Professor in Ohio, Online Schools Ohio
  • 2012 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching, Ohio State University
  • 2011 Distinguished Teaching Award, College of Education and Human Ecology, Ohio State University
  • 2008-2014 National Science Foundation CAREER Award
  • 2008 Siddens Award for Distinguished Faculty Advising of Graduate Students, Ohio State University
  • 2008 Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor Award, Ohio State University
  • 2006 Dean's Award for Research, College of Human Ecology, Ohio State University
  • 2004, 2005, 2010 Ohio Council on Family Relations Professional NCFR Presentation Award
  • 2002-2003 Dissertation Completion Fellowship, University of Illinois
  • 2002 Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Instruction by a Graduate Student, University of Illinois
  • 1992-96 National Merit Scholarship, Northwestern University
  • 1995 Phi Beta Kappa, Northwestern University

Grants

  • Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J. (PI). CAREER: Maternal gatekeeping and fathering behavior across the transition to parenthood. National Science Foundation, Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences. Dates: 3/1/08-2/28/14. Amount: $399,999. Award Number 0746548.
  • Kamp Dush, C. M. (PI), Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J. (PI), Johnson, S. (Co-I), & Christian, L (Co-I). Genetic and environmental contributions to infant socioemotional health and stress responses. Sub-project of the Initiative in Population Research's Population Research Center Grant awarded to The Ohio State University, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Dates: 9/1/10-7/31/12. Amount: $60,147. R24 HD058484.
  • Kamp Dush, C. M. (PI), Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J. (PI), & Sayer, L. C. (Co-I). The relationship contexts of fathering behavior across the transition to parenthood in cohabiting and married couples. Sub-project of the Initiative in Population Research's Population Research Center Grant awarded to The Ohio State University, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Dates: 7/1/08-6/30/09. Amount: $74,139. 1 R21 HD047943-01.
  • Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J. (PI). Father involvement, coparenting, and child functioning. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Dates: 7/1/05-6/30/08. Amount: $130,147. 1 R03 HD050235.

Selected Publications

  • Altenburger, L. E., Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J., Lang, S. N., Bower, D. J., & Kamp Dush, C. M. (2014).  Associations between prenatal coparenting behavior and observed coparenting behavior at 9 months postpartum. Journal of Family Psychology, 28, 495-504.
  • Kotila, L. E., Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J., & Kamp Dush, C. M. (2014). Boy or girl? Maternal psychological correlates of knowing fetal sex. Personality and Individual Differences, 68, 195-198.
  • Lang, S. N., Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J., Kotila, L. E., Feng, X., Kamp Dush, C. M., & Johnson, S. C. (2014). Relations between fathers’ and mothers’ infant engagement patterns in dual-earner families and toddler competence. Journal of Family Issues, 35, 1107-1127.
  • Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J.,Altenburger, L. E., Settle, T. A., Kamp Dush, C. M., Sullivan, J. M., & Bower, D. J. (2014). Expectant fathers’ intuitive parenting: Associations with parent characteristics and postpartum positive engagement. Infant Mental Health Journal, 35, 409-421.
  • Kotila, L. E. , Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J., & Kamp Dush, C. M. (2013). Time in parenting activities in dual-earner families at the transition to parenthood. Family Relations, 62, 795-807.
  • Lang, S. N., Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J., Kamp Dush, C. M., & Kotila, L. E. (2013). Daily parenting engagement among new mothers and fathers: The role of romantic attachment in dual-earner families. Journal of Family Psychology, 27, 862-872.
  • Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J., Kotila, L. E., Jia, R., Bower, D. J., & Lang, S. N. (2013). Comparisons of levels and predictors of mothers’ and fathers’ engagement with their preschool-age children. Early Child Development and Care, 183, 498-514.
  • Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J., & Mangelsdorf, S. C. (2013). Parent characteristics and early coparenting behavior at the transition to parenthood.Social Development, 22, 363-383.
  • Bartholomew, M. K., Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J., Glassman, M., Kamp Dush, C. M., & Sullivan, J. M. (2012). New parents’ Facebook use at the transition to parenthood. Family Relations, 61, 455-469.
  • Jia, R., Kotila, L. E., & Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J. (2012). Transactional relations between father involvement and preschoolers’ socioemotional adjustment. Journal of Family Psychology, 26, 848-857.
  • Jia, R., &  Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J. (2011). Relations between coparenting and father involvement in families with preschool-age children.Developmental Psychology, 47, 106-118.
  • Kamp Dush, C. M., Kotila, L. E., & Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J. (2011). Predictors of supportive coparenting after relationship dissolution among at-risk parents. Journal of Family Psychology, 25, 356-365.