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HDFS Faculty Research Interests

Graduate faculty in the Human Development and Family Science Program

Suzanne Bartle-Haring, Professor and Director of the Couple and Family Therapy Specialization, Ph.D. University of Connecticut, 1990. Interests: Bowen Family Theory; how individuals maintain a sense of self as separate and connected in relationships; how the process of balancing separateness and connectedness or not impacts health decision-making.

Michael Betz, Assistant Professor, Ph.D. Ohio State University, 2011. Interests: regional and urban economics; poverty; development economics; energy and the community, public policy evaluation.

Cynthia Buettner, Associate Professor, Ph.D. Ohio State University, 2004. Interests: children (particularly those at risk), their families, and the educational, human service, and policy systems that serve them; examining efforts to improve quality of early childhood education systems; relationships between early childhood educators' social-emotional capacity, the creation of social-emotional learning environments, and children's outcomes.

Xin Feng, Assistant Professor, Ph.D. University of Connecticut, 2005. Interests: the interplay of temperament, parenting behavior, and contextual influences in the development of emotion regulation and emotional problems in early and middle childhood; quantitative methods for the analysis of change.

Stephen Gavazzi, Professor, Ph.D. University of Connecticut, 1991. Human Sciences Program Area: Human Development and Family Science. Current Position: Executive Dean of The Ohio State University at Mansfield. Interests: families with youth; adolescents at risk; family engagement; the intermediary influence of family factors on the associations between race, gender, family structure, neighborhood conditions, and outcomes variables associated with adolescent problem behavior; adolescent development and wellbeing.

Keeley Pratt, Assistant Professor, Ph.D. East Carolina University, 2010. Interests: 1) intergenerational family factors (parenting styles and practices, feeding styles and practices, family functioning, and parenting around physical activity behaviors) that contribute to or are modifiable in the treatment of child/adolescent obesity; 2) intergenerational outcomes (child, sibling, parent, grandparent) from integrated-multidisciplinary care models in the treatment of child/adolescent obesity; 3) assessing and expanding mental health education to include clinician training on systemic weight-related behaviors in families, and training to work with clients and families who are struggling with overweight and obesity; and 4) Medical Family Therapy.

Kelly Purtell, Assistant Professor, Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010. Interests: 1) the influence of family poverty on adolescents’ expectations and preparation for the transition to adulthood; 2) the role of income support benefits (ex. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) in the development of children and adolescents in low-income families; 3) Understanding how educational settings, both in early childhood and K-12 grades, influence the academic development of economically disadvantaged youth; 4) quantitative methodology, including longitudinal methods and experimental design.

Natasha Slesnick, Professor, Ph.D. University of New Mexico, 1996. Interests: families and adolescents with issues pertaining to: homelessness, substance use, child abuse, depression, high risk behaviors; development and evaluation of effective interventions for runaway and homeless youth and their families.

Anastasia Snyder, Associate Professor, Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, 1999. Interests: family demography; family formation patterns; changing family structure and family contexts for children; how rural residence differentiates family behaviors and attitudes; youth development.

Deanna Wilkinson, Associate Professor, Ph.D. Rutgers University, 1998. Interests: urban Issues (i.e., capacity building, sustainable partnerships, grassroots organizing, communities and crime, youth violence, intimate partner violence, victimization, social control, prevention, polices, and guns); adolescent Development (i.e., contextual and holistic approaches); social justice and change; evaluation research; research methods (i.e., GIS, HLM, qualitative analysis, and mixed-methods research); translating research to practice.

Jen Wong, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 2010. Interests: daily stress processes; employment and work-family processes; well-being and physical health; biomarkers of health (e.g., cortisol); midlife and late adulthood; parents of individuals with developmental disabilities.

Human Sciences faculty affiliated with the Human Development and Family Science Program

H. Eugene Folden, Jr., Clinical Associate Professor, Ph.D. The Ohio State University, 1995. Human Sciences Program Area: Human Development and Family Science. Interests: how older men cope with loss, especially spousal loss; creativity in later life; maintenance of ties in later life, especially sibling ties; coping with the loss of independence in later life; successful aging; family theory.

Jackie Goodway, Associate Professor, Ph.D. Michigan State University, 1994. Human Sciences Program Area: Kinesiology. Interests: issues associated with the promotion of motor skill development and physical activity promotion in young children who grow up in disadvantaged environments. Her work has shown that such children demonstrate substantial delays in fundamental motor skill development. The motoric developmental trajectories of these children are of concern because they grow up in communities where there are significant barriers to physical activity, timely motor development and the ability to engage in an active and healthy lifestyle. Additionally, low motor competence in the early years predisposes the child to a sedentary lifestyle later in childhood and adolescence. As such, early motor skill intervention is essential. She has implemented developmentally and culturally appropriate motor skill interventions in a variety of contexts demonstrating significant improvements in motor competence and perceptions of physical competence showing the beneficial effects of intervening early in the lives of children. Overall, the intent of this line of work is to implement evidence-based motor skill interventions in schools, communities, and families in order to promote positive motor development and a healthy and active lifestyle with this under-served population of children.

Carolyn Gunther, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Purdue University, 2004. Human Sciences Program Area: Nutrition. Interests: Community-based, family nutrition interventions to improve the food choices and eating behaviors of young children, and ultimately to reduce the incidence of childhood obesity; social marketing campaigns to promote intake of healthy foods and beverages in nutritionally at-risk populations (preadolescents, college students).

Sherman D. Hanna, Professor, Ph.D., Cornell University, 1974. Human Sciences Program Area: Consumer Sciences. Interests: Normative personal finance; Racial/ethnic differences in financial behavior; Household credit decisions; Retirement adequacy; Household saving patterns; Household credit decisions; Financial decisions of couples.

Dean Lillard, Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1991. Human Sciences Program Area: Consumer Sciences. Interests: health economics, the economics of schooling, and international comparisons of economic behavior. His research in health economics is primarily focused on the economics of the marketing and consumption of cigarettes and alcohol. His research on the economics of schooling includes studies of direct effects of policy on educational outcomes and on the role that education plays in other economic behaviors such as smoking, production of health, and earnings. His cross-national research ranges widely from comparisons of the role that obesity plays in determining labor market outcomes to comparisons of smoking behavior cross-nationally.

Cäzilia Loibl, Associate Professor, Ph.D., Technische Universität München, Germany, 2002. Human Sciences Program Area: Consumer Sciences. Interests: analysis of household financial behaviors; design and evaluation of state and national financial literacy interventions; public policy evaluation.

Catherine P. Montalto, Associate Professor, Ph.D. Cornell University, 1992. Human Sciences Program Area: Consumer Sciences. Interests: family economics; household saving behavior; family economic well-being; intrahousehold resource allocation; household labor supply; student financial wellness; current research projects focus on advancing understanding of how student financial behaviors, stress, and experiences are related to student educational and career outcomes, and how financial wellness affects the college experience and academic and career success.

Tansel Yilmazer, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., University of Texas, 2002. Human Sciences Program Area: Consumer Sciences. Interests: Household Economics, Household Finance, Small Business Finance, Financial Institutions and Services, Health Economics. In particular, I study i) the role of household demographics and health status in household wealth accumulation, saving and portfolio choices; ii) the consequences of the implementation of policies related to savings and investments for the financial well-being of families; and iii) the factors affecting the availability and cost of credit to consumers and small businesses.

Courtesy faculty

James S. Bates, Assistant Professor, Department of Extension, Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences, Ph.D. Syracuse University, 2009. Interests: intergenerational family relationships; men in families; family life education; program design, implementation, evaluation, and analysis; theory development.