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Sarah Lang

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Director-DoDVLS, Department of Human Sciences

(614) 688-1353
lang.279@osu.edu

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Education

PhD, The Ohio State University, Human Development and Family Science, Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in College Teaching, 2014

MS, The Ohio State University, Human Ecology, 2014

BS, The Ohio State University, Psychology, summa cum laude and with Honors, 2001

Research Summary

I am fascinated by young children and particularly interested in the way key relationships in young children’s lives impact their social-emotional development. As a former infant-toddler and preschool educator, I had an opportunity to develop a broad perspective on the myriad of relationships within which children and families function. My published research thus far has taken a family systems perspective, focusing on how individual characteristics of new parents may interact to influence each other’s parenting, and how particular parenting practices may predict children’s social-emotional development. For my dissertation work, I am investigating the relationships between early childhood teachers and families, applying theoretical models of coparenting to the childcare setting. In particular, I am studying how teachers and families understand their relationships with each other, what factors are associated with how these relationships function, as well as how these relationships are associated with family involvement and child social-emotional functioning.

Experience

2014-present: Senior Research Associate, The Virtual Laboratory School, The Ohio State University

Honors

2014: Graduate Student Service Award from the Department of Human Sciences, The Ohio State University

2013: University Graduate Associate Teaching Award, Ohio State University’s highest recognition of graduate student teaching

2013: Recipient of the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities

2012: Graduate Student Teacher of the Year Award, Department of Human Development and Family Science

2012: Selected to participate in 2012-2013 Preparing Future Faculty Program at Ohio State, with faculty mentor, Tobie Sanders, Associate Professor at Capital University, Bexley, Ohio

2011: Recipient of Outstanding Committee Chair Award, Council of Graduate Students

2006: Finalist, Outstanding Teaching Award, College of Human Ecology

2005: Finalist, Outstanding Teaching Award, College of Human Ecology

Selected Grants

2013 - Recipient of a $2000 Alumni Grant for Graduate Research and Scholarship, The Ohio State University

2013 - Recipient of a Society for Research in Child Development Student Travel Award

2012 - Recipient of an Edward J. Ray Travel Award for Scholarship and Service, Council of Graduate Students, The Ohio State Universit

Selected Presentations

Selected Peer Reviewed Oral Presentations

  • Altenburger, L. E., Lang, S. N., Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J., Kamp Dush, C. M., & Johnson, S. C. (2014, June).  Contributions of coparenting and infant temperament to toddler socioemotional functioning. To be presented at the 14th World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Lang, S. N., Creagh, C., & Adams, M. (2014, April).  Supporting gender creative children in childcare.  Presented at the Ohio Early Care & Education Conference, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Altenburger, L. E., Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J., Lang, S. N., Bower, D., & Kamp Dush, C. M. (2013, September).  Associations between prenatal coparenting behavior and observed coparenting behavior at 9 months postpartum. Presented at the 16th European Conference on Developmental Psychology, Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • Lorenz, A., Lang, S. N., Varnum, L., & Oakes, J. (2013, April).  I want to make a plan… Language and children’s social-emotional development.  Presentation at the Ohio Early Care & Education Conference, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Lang, S. N., Brian, A. S., & Goodway, J. (2013, April).  Helping children become life-long learners and lovers of physical activity.  Presentation at the Ohio Early Care & Education Conference, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Lang, S. N., Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J., & Kamp Dush, C. M. (2011, May). New parents’ self-reported attachment style and time spent in caregiving. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Lang, S. N., Aledia, T., Casey, K., & Kirkbride, K. (2010, April).  Infant/toddler group time: A time for creating & sustaining classroom culture. Presentation at Ohio Early Care & Education Conference, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Jirousek, M., Lang, S. N., & Rigdon, B. (2010, April).  Empowering infant teachers to build home connections. Presentation at Ohio Early Care & Education Conference, Columbus, Ohio.

Selected Peer Reviewed Poster Presentations

  • Lang, S. N., Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J., & Bonomi, A. (2014, June).  Cocaring: How do parents and infant-toddler teachers conceive their relationships with each other?  Poster to be presented at the 14th World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Brian, A.,Goodway, J., Wall, S., Lee, J., Lang, S. N., Titus-Dieringer, S. & Chang, S.  (June, 2013).  Evidence-based recommendations for motor skill interventions for young children.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, New Orleans, Louisiana. 
  •  Lang, S. N.,Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J., Feng, X., Kotila, L. E., Kamp Dush, C. M., Johnson, S. C. (2013, April).  Changes in new parents’ time spent in engagement and association with toddler social emotional competence. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, Washington.
  • Lang, S. N., Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J., Kotila, L. E. Kamp Dush, C. M. (2013, April).  Being observed? Impact of the presence of fathers on mothers’ parenting.  Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, Washington.
  • Lang, S. N., Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J., Kamp Dush, C. M., & Johnson, S. C. (2012, June). Early maternal and paternal relationship-focused and exploration-focused engagement predicts toddler adjustment. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Society on Infant Studies, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Selected Publications

  • Lang, S. N., Schoppe-Sullivan, S.J., Feng, X., Kotila, L. E., 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. DOI: 10.1177/0192513X14522243 (Impact factor:  0.963)
  • Lang, S. N., Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J., Kotila, L. E., & Kamp Dush, C. M. (2013).  Daily parenting engagement among new mothers and fathers: The role of romantic attachment in dual-earner families.  Journal of Family Psychology, 27(6), 826-872.  DOI: 10.1037/a0034510 (Impact Factor: 1.888)
  • Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J., Kotila, L., Jia, R., Lang, S. N., & Bower, D. J. (2013).   Comparisons of levels and predictors of mothers’ and fathers’ engagement with their preschool aged children.  Early Child Development and Care, 183(3-4), 498-514. DOI: 10.1080/03004430.2012.711596