Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) Faculty Directory

David M. Almeida
Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Areas: Human Development, Contexts and Social Institutions
Center Affiliations: Center for Healthy Aging
Research Interests:

Daily stress processes; adult development; family factors in mental health; work and family linkages; work place interventions; Biological markers of health and well-being.

dalmeida@psu.edu

Mayra Bamaca-Colbert
Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Areas: Human Development, Contexts and Social Institutions
Center Affiliations:
Research Interests:

Adolescent development and adjustment among ethnic minority youth, with an emphasis on Latino adolescents living in the U.S.  

myb12@psu.edu

Timothy Brick
Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Areas: Methodology
Center Affiliations:
Research Interests:

Methodology; Structural Equation Modeling; Affect across the lifespan; Dynamics of conversational interaction; Computer vision; Interactive avatars; Use and management of scientific data; Data mining in the social sciences.

tbrick@psu.edu

Sy-Miin Chow
Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Areas: Methodology
Center Affiliations:
Research Interests:

Development and adaptation of modeling and analysis tools that are suited to evaluating linear and nonlinear dynamical systems models, including longitudinal structural equation models and state-space modeling techniques.

symiin@psu.edu

H. Harrington (Bo) Cleveland
Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Areas: Human Development, Domains of Health and Behavior
Center Affiliations:
Research Interests:

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.

hhc10@psu.edu

Linda M. Collins
Distinguished Professor, Human Development and Family Studies and Statistics; Director, Methodology Center
Areas: Domains of Health and Behavior, Methodology
Center Affiliations: Methodology Center
Research Interests:

Research methods; experimental and non-experimental design, particularly for building and evaluating behavioral interventions; models for longitudinal data; latent class analysis.

LMCollins@psu.edu

Shannon Corkery
Instructor and Coordinator for HDFS World Campus Development
Areas: Human Development
Center Affiliations:
Research Interests:
sac301@psu.edu

Sherry Corneal
Associate Professor of Human Development
Areas: Methodology
Center Affiliations:
Research Interests:

Family systems theory and family therapy; individual counseling; methodologies to study the individual in depth.  

ccc3@psu.edu

Molly Countermine
Instructor, Human Development and Family Studies
Areas: Human Development
Center Affiliations:
Research Interests:

Infant sleep patterns an behaviors; parenting.

msc7@psu.edu

Jennifer L. Crissman Ishler
Senior Instructor in Human Development and Family Studies
Areas:
Center Affiliations:
Research Interests:

First year seminars, assessment in student affairs, gender issues.  

jxc51@psu.edu

Ann C. Crouter
Dean, College of Health and Human Development and Professor of Human Development
Areas: Human Development, Contexts and Social Institutions
Center Affiliations:
Research Interests:

Inter-relationships of parents' employment situations, family processes, and children's and adolescent's social development; gender socialization in middle childhood and adolescence.  

ac1@psu.edu

Anthony R. D'Augelli
Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Areas: Contexts and Social Institutions, Populations of Special Interest
Center Affiliations:
Research Interests:

Community interventions; issues in the development of sexual orientation.  

ard@psu.edu

David J. Eggebeen
Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, and Sociology
Areas: Contexts and Social Institutions
Center Affiliations:
Research Interests:

Intergenerational support over the lifecourse. The consequences of fatherhood for men.

e5x@psu.edu

Gregory M. Fosco
Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies; Karl R. and Diane Wendle Fink Early Career Professor for the Study of Families
Areas:
Center Affiliations:
Research Interests:

Family systems processes and children’s social-emotional development; family-centered preventive interventions for youth emotional and behavioral problems; interparental conflict and child development; emotion regulation and self-regulation; family process influences on father-child relationships and youth outcomes.

gmf19@psu.edu

Steffany J. Fredman
Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Areas: Domains of Health and Behavior, Contexts and Social Institutions
Center Affiliations: Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development
Research Interests:

Individual psychopathology in a couple and family context; military couples and families; dyadic early intervention after trauma exposure; couple-based interventions for posttraumatic stress disorder.

sjf23@psu.edu

Lisa Gatzke-Kopp
Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Areas: Human Development, Domains of Health and Behavior
Center Affiliations:
Research Interests:

Developmental neuroscience of psychopathology, with a particular focus on how children develop behavior problems such as aggression, hyperactivity, and substance abuse. Research has shown that such problems likely evolve when innate vulnerability interacts with environmental stressors. Understanding the neurobiological dysfunction that contributes to this vulnerability informs the identification of experiential and environmental factors that exacerbate or ameliorate risk. Identification of these factors positions researchers, and eventually policy makers, to implement changes in the environment that may alter these trajectories and improve developmental outcomes.  

lmk18@psu.edu

Charles F. Geier
Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Areas: Human Development, Domains of Health and Behavior
Center Affiliations:
Research Interests:

Developmental cognitive neuroscience, with particular focus on reward processing, basic cognitive control abilities, and their interaction; understanding the relationship between adolescent neurodevelopment and risk taking behavior; nicotine dependence in adolescent and young adult smokers.

cfg2@psu.edu

Scott D. Gest
Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, and Professor-in-Charge of the HDFS Undergraduate Program
Areas: Human Development, Contexts and Social Institutions
Center Affiliations: Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development
Research Interests:

Peer relations from childhood through adolescence; peer influences on academic adjustment, self-concept, aggressive behavior and substance use; teacher influences on classroom social dynamics; school-based preventive interventions; applications of social network analysis to study these issues.

gest@psu.edu

Mark T. Greenberg
Edna Peterson Bennett Endowed Chair in Prevention Research, Professor of Human Development and Psychology
Areas: Human Development, Domains of Health and Behavior, Contexts and Social Institutions
Center Affiliations: Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development
Research Interests:

Intervening in the developmental processes in risk and non-risk populations with a specific emphasis on aggression, violence, and externalizing disorders; promoting healthy social and emotional development; school-based prevention.  

mxg47@psu.edu

Rukmalie Jayakody
Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and Sociology
Areas: Contexts and Social Institutions
Center Affiliations:
Research Interests:

International population health, community randomized trials, the impacts of developent on culture change, social change and families, mixed methods research, the impacts of poverty on child development.

jayakody@psu.edu

Sarah Kollat
Senior Instructor in Human Development and Family Studies
Areas:
Center Affiliations:
Research Interests:

Interrelations between family climate, children's self-views, and children's peer relationships; behavioral therapy in the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders. 

sxh345@psu.edu

Eva S. Lefkowitz
Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, and Professor-in-Charge, Graduate Program
Areas: Human Development, Domains of Health and Behavior
Center Affiliations:
Research Interests:

Development during adolescence and emerging adulthood, with a focus on sexual health and development, risky behaviors, romantic relationships, and religiosity.

exl20@psu.edu

Eric Loken
Research Associate Professor, Human Development
Areas: Methodology
Center Affiliations:
Research Interests:

Mixture models; item response theory; latent variable models; Bayesian inference; educational measurement; health and nutrition research.

loken@psu.edu

Jennifer L. Maggs
Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
Areas: Human Development, Domains of Health and Behavior, Methodology
Center Affiliations:
Research Interests:

Adolescent social development and health; transition to adulthood; risk behaviors, particularly alcohol use; prevention science; research methods.  

jmaggs@psu.edu

Lynn M. Martire
Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
Areas: Domains of Health and Behavior
Center Affiliations: Center for Healthy Aging
Research Interests:

Family relationships and management of chronic illness in adulthood; couple-oriented interventions; chronic pain; late-life depression 

lmm51@psu.edu

Susan M. McHale
Director, Social Science Research Institute, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Areas: Human Development, Contexts and Social Institutions, Populations of Special Interest
Center Affiliations:
Research Interests:

Family relationships and family roles (particularly gender roles) of siblings in the child, adolescent, and young adult; sociocultural contexts of family relationships.

x2u@psu.edu

Peter Molenaar
Distinguished Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Areas: Methodology
Center Affiliations:
Research Interests:

Single-subject time series analysis, optimal guidance of developmenal processes, optimal control of disease processes, structural equation modeling, dynamic factor analysis and P-technique.  

pxm21@psu.edu

Jennie Noll
Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Areas: Human Development, Domains of Health and Behavior
Center Affiliations: Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development
Research Interests:

Bio-psycho-social consequences of childhood sexual abuse; pathways to teen pregnancy and high-risk sexual behaviors for abused and neglected youth; the long-term adverse health outcomes for victims of sexual abuse, and the propensity for abused and neglected teens to engage in high-risk internet and social media behaviors.

jgn3@psu.edu

Zita Oravecz
Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Areas: Methodology
Center Affiliations:
Research Interests:

Research interest in studying individual differences from a process modeling perspective. The general goal is to develop and apply state-of-the-art statistical approaches to particular areas of substantive research (in my case emotion and cognition) that would be difficult or impossible to study without novel methods of analysis.

zita@psu.edu

Nilam Ram
Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, and Psychology
Areas: Human Development, Methodology
Center Affiliations:
Research Interests:

Changes in the psychological processes of emotion, personality, and cognition, how they develop over the course of the lifespan, and how intraindividual change and variability study designs can contribute to our understanding of human behavior.  

nur5@psu.edu

Lesley Ross
Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Areas: Human Development, Domains of Health and Behavior
Center Affiliations: Center for Healthy Aging, Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development
Research Interests:

My research goal is to maintain and improve the everyday functioning of older adults through: (1) The investigation of contributing factors to trajectories of change in everyday functioning, and (2) The translation of these factors into evidence-based interventions to maintain everyday functioning. My background includes epidemiological studies of health and aging, Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs), everyday functional abilities assessment, driving/mobility, cognitive development and aging, human factors, and longitudinal research design and analyses.

lross@psu.edu

Michael J. Rovine
Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Areas: Methodology
Center Affiliations:
Research Interests:

Quantitative Development; structural equation modeling; longitudinal data analysis; single-subject time series analysis; history of Statistics.

mr7@psu.edu

Chad E. Shenk
Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Areas: Human Development, Domains of Health and Behavior
Center Affiliations: Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development
Research Interests:

Longitudinal pathways from child maltreatment to the onset of psychological disorders in childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood. Experimental and observational research to identify the mechanisms of various psychological disorders in the child maltreatment population across multiple levels of analysis.

ces140@psu.edu

Martin J. Sliwinski
Director, Center for Healthy Aging; Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Areas: Human Development, Domains of Health and Behavior
Center Affiliations: Center for Healthy Aging
Research Interests:

Cognitive aging; adult development; stress, health and cognition; early detection of dementia; web-based survey research and cognitive testing, intensive measurement designs (measurement bursts, daily diaries and experience sampling), statistical methods for analysis of intraindividual variability and change

mjs56@psu.edu

Edward A. Smith
Director, Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development
Areas: Domains of Health and Behavior, Methodology
Center Affiliations: Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development
Research Interests:

Adolescent development with a focus on the design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions to prevent problem behaviors.  

eas8@psu.edu

Cynthia A. Stifter
Professor of Human Development and Psychology
Areas: Human Development
Center Affiliations:
Research Interests:

Socio-emotional development in infants, toddlers, and preschool children, specifically focused on temperament, emotion regulation and its impact on early behavior problems and physical health. Other research areas: developmental psychophysiology, infant crying and colic, parental regulation strategies, positive emotions.  

tvr@psu.edu

Dawn Taylor
Assistant Professor and Director, HDFS Internship Program
Areas: Contexts and Social Institutions
Center Affiliations:
Research Interests:

Human Services Management and Administration; Community Development and Relations; Youth Development/At-risk Children and Youth; Grant Development

dgt12@psu.edu

Douglas M. Teti
Department Head, Human Development and Family Studies, and Professor of HDFS, Psychology, and Pediatrics
Areas: Human Development, Contexts and Social Institutions
Center Affiliations: Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development
Research Interests:

Socioemotional development in infancy and early childhood; parenting in bedtime/nighttime contexts, infant sleep, and infant development; intervention strategies designed to promote early development and parent-child relations; role of sleep and parenting in the transition to kindergarten.

dmt16@psu.edu

Steven H. Zarit
Distinguished Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies; Adjunct Professor, Gerontology Institute, University College of Health Science, Jönköping, Sweden
Areas: Human Development, Contexts and Social Institutions
Center Affiliations: Center for Healthy Aging
Research Interests:

Mental health and aging, family caregiving; functioning of the oldest old; innovative models of prevention and treatment.  

z67@psu.edu

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