Research Area of Specialization: Family Development

The family is central to HDFS. The family is a primary context in which individual socialization and development take place. It is, perhaps, the principal medium through which culture, society, and social change affect the individual. And it is a social fact in itself that feeds back and can accelerate or mitigate changes occurring in the broader society. Graduate study at Penn State offers students a unique opportunity to develop the substantive, methodological, and theoretical skills necessary to study human families.

David Almeida
Daily stress processes; adult development; family factors in mental health; work and family linkages; fatherhood; statistical techniques for measuring change.
Ann Crouter
Interrelationships of parents' employment situations, family processes, and children's and adolescent's social development; gender socialization in middle childhood and adolescence.
David Eggebeen
Social demography of children; intergenerational support over the lifecourse; fatherhood.
Greg Fosco
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.
Rukmalie Jayakody
The impacts of poverty and social policies on families and children: welfare reform and barriers to self-sufficiency; family structure and child outcomes; living arrangements and family transitions.
Eva Lefkowitz
Parent-child communication, from adolescence through adulthood; emotional displays between family members; differences between self-report and observed behaviors.
Lynn Martire
Family relationships and management of chronic illness in adulthood; couple-oriented interventions; chronic pain; late-life depression.
Susan McHale
Family relationships and family roles (particularly gender roles) in childhood and adolescence; differential socialization of siblings.
Doug Teti
Socioemotional development in infancy and early childhood, parenting, and intervention strategies designed to promote early development and parent-child relations.