Adjunct Faculty and Visiting Scholars
Anderson, James R. PhD.Adjunct Assistant Professor
Dr. James Anderson is an Adjunct Assistant Professor within the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. Dr. Anderson has taught various courses for the department. Prior to joining the Department, Dr. Anderson worked as a teacher and principal in the Michigan public school system. He also served as a member of the Michigan Army National Guard where he recently retired as the Assistant Adjunct General/Commander of the Michigan Army National Guard. He worked with MSU and UofM researchers in creating a reintegration program, Road to Reintegration, to assist Guard soldiers and their families in post deployment reintegration. He was recently awarded MSU College of Social Science Alumni Association Outstanding Alumni Award.
Dawn ContrerasAdjunct Assistant Professor
Dawn A. Contreras, Ph.D., is the Director of Michigan State University Extension's Health and Nutrition Institute at Michigan State University. Dr. Contreras has taught various courses for the department, including undergraduate and graduate courses in program design, administration and management of family and community service organizations, and parent education. Contreras' major areas of funded research include co-parenting within diverse families, community-based approaches to nutrition education, healthy weight, and health promotion, and immunization education.
Farkas, ChamarritaVisiting Scholar
Dr. Chamarrita Farkas received her Master’s degree in Psychology from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, and her doctorate in early infancy from Universidad Nacional de San Luis, Argentina. She is a professor of Psychology, leading the program in Infant Development, at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago. Chamarrita’s research focuses on the relationships between infants and their caregivers, including attachment, adult-child communication, and emotion-related socialization. Her research team created the Secure Attachment Program Diploma for infant caregivers. Other significant lines of research are on the cultural socialization of children’s expression of emotion through affect and gesture, and on the use of infant signs as an intervention. She studies the effects of using infant signs to promote infant-adult communication on language development and socio-affective aspects adult-child interaction.
Fitzgerald, Hiram E.Adjunct Faculty
Hiram E. Fitzgerald, Ph.D., is associate provost for university outreach and engagement, university distinguished professor of psychology, and adjunct university distinguished professor of human development and family studies at Michigan State University. He is also adjunct professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School. Fitzgerald is President of the National Outreach Scholarship Conference, is a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Land Grant and Public Universities' Council on Engagement and Outreach, chairs the Committee on Institutional Cooperation's Committee on Engagement, is actively involved with the Campus to Campus Partnerships (MSU & HBCU Faculty Development Network), and was a member of the Carnegie Foundation's task force on Community Engagement. He is past president and executive director of the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health and was executive director of the World Association for Infant Mental Health (1992-2008).
Fitzgerald has been associated with the Michigan Longitudinal Study of Family Risk for Alcoholism over the Life Course for 26 years, is a member of the Steering Committee of the Early Head Start national evaluation research consortium group, chairs the MSU Weba Anung research team monitoring work force development and early childhood education in partnership with the Intertribal Council of Michigan, is scientific advisor to the American Indian/Alaska Native Head Start Research Center at the University of Colorado, Denver, and is a member of a variety of interdisciplinary research teams focusing on evaluation of community-based prevention programs. Fitzgerald's major areas of funded research include the study of infant and family development in community contexts, the impact of fathers on early child development, implementation of systemic community models of organizational process and change, the etiology of alcoholism, the digital divide and youth access to technologies, and broad issues related to the scholarship of engagement. He has published over 470 scholarly works, including 170 peer reviewed articles, 72 chapters, and 66 books. He is editor of the Infant Mental Health Journal and Associate Editor of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement. Fitzgerald has received numerous awards, including the ZERO TO THREE Dolley Madison Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to the Development and Well Being of Very Young Children, and is one of two recipients of the World Association for Infant Mental Health's Honorary President designation.
Jarrett, Robin Ph.D.Visiting Scholar
Dr. Jarrett received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago. Her research intersets include positive child and adolescent development, ethnic-racial group families, family functioning and resilience, and inner-city communities. She uses ethnographic field methods to examine family coping strategies among inner-city families with children and adolescents. A particular focus is how demographic, social, and ecological aspects of neighborhoods influence specific parenting practices and child-youth developmental processes and outcomes. Her research has identified the characteristics of resilient families and details specific parenting practices that support positive child-youth development, despite residence in high-risk, low-resource neighborhoods.
Lee, Jin-Suk Ph.D.Visiting Scholar
We are delighted that Jin-Suk Lee, Ph.D. has joined us this year as a Visiting Scholar from South Korea. Dr. Lee is an Assistant Professor at Chonbuk National University in the Department of Child Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Child Development in 2001 from Kyung-Hee University. Her dissertation was titled “Preschool children’s representation of attachment: Associations with teacher-child relationship and social competence.” Her master’s degree is in Child and Family Studies from Seoul National University with her thesis on “A study of the relative power perceived by husbands and wives.” Dr. Lee has published extensively and received grant support for her research. Her research interests include the impact of cultural diversity, poverty, and parenting on the social-emotional development of young children. She also has strong interests in intervention and prevention programs that focus on problems in children’s social-emotional development. Dr. Lee has grant funding for her one-year research sabbatical. Using an attachment perspective, she is conducting a study in the U.S. on Korean high school students who are studying in the U.S. Dr. Lee came to work with Dr. Luster and had started working with him just before his untimely death in March. Dr. Desiree Qin who also has strong research interests in immigration and adolescence has agreed to host Dr. Lee.
Dr. Lee is living in Okemos with her two children. In addition to her research, Dr. Lee is determined to see the U.S., starting with driving to Chicago for the weekend. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Lee. She is a delightful addition to our faculty and will be with us through February 2010. Her office is in Room 6, Human Ecology.
Taylor, Gwendolyn M. Ph.D.Adjunct Faculty
Dr. Gwendolyn M. Taylor, Adjunct Assistant Professor, in the Human Development and Family Studies Department, has extensive experience in program development/systemic reform at local national and international levels. She provides technical assistance for institutions and organizations seeking creative and effective strategies for improving the quality of life for diverse populations. Her expertise includes developing and implementing support services, economic development models, and program evaluation in urban, rural and international communities. Additionally, Dr. Taylor works in the area of workforce and economic development, generating models for career education/training, including developing collaborative initiatives between vocational/technical educational programs and business and industry. Most recently, Dr. Taylor served as a technical advisor/program coordinator for several economic development initiatives in Ghana, West Africa, including An Entrepreneurship Training Program: A Ghana-United States Exchange; a World Bank/ NGO community assessment for economic development; technical assistance provider to the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs; and advisor for the Women’s International MicroCredit Loan Program. Her research and professional interest include gender equity, with a focus on health/mental health disparities/ improving the status of women and girls, both nationally and internationally.
Yoon, Chong-HeeVisiting Scholar
Dr. Chong-Hee Yoon, Professor of Social Work at Dongduk Women's University in Seoul, Korea, has been in residence as a visiting scholar during the Spring, 2010. Dr. Yoon obtained her Ph.D. in Family Ecology at MSU in 1986. She has had a distinguished career as a scholar and educator, including serving as Department Chair and Dean at Dongduk University. Dr. Yoon came back to Michigan State to continue her long-time research collaboration with Dr. Lawrence Schiamberg, who served as Dr. Yoon's major professor for her doctorate.
Zvonkovic, Anisa Ph.D.Visiting Scholar
Dr. Anisa Zvonkovic holds the Choc and Virginia Hutcheson Professorship in Human Development and Family Studies at Texas Tech University. During her doctoral work at Pennsylvania State University she focused on the study of close relationships and work and family. Her research joins these two areas of study, focusing on the interpersonal processes related to work and family decisions and the ways extreme work conditions affect workers’ individual and relational lives. Her current project, funded as an R01 from the National Institutes of Health, is a multi-method inquiry utilizing data from multiple family members in which at least one person holds a job that requires travel. Dr. Zvonkovic currently serves on the Community Influences on Health Behavior Study Section of NIH. She has received grants from NIH, USDA, NOAA, and SPSSI, among other funders. Dr. Zvonkovic has published qualitative and quantitative research, as well as reflexive feminist pieces examining how studying work and intimate lives affects research participants and researchers. Born and raised in the Washington, DC area, Anisa comes from a multi-ethnic background: her father was a Muslim from India and her mother was a Southerner from Virginia.