Dr. Amy K. Nuttall’s program of research broadly focuses on processes of resilience and risk in the context of family stress with the broader goal of translating research into effective interventions. Guided by a developmental psychopathology perspective, Nuttall is particularly interested in family relationships and roles (e.g., generational boundary dissolution, role reversal parentification, triangulation), parenting practices, and child development under a variety of contexts of family stress (e.g., sibling with a disability, childhood bereavement, interparental conflict, child maltreatment). Nuttall’s research utilizes a multi-method, multiple-levels of analysis approach to study child development.
Nuttall teaches a graduate seminar related to her area of research (Parenthood and Parent Education) and advanced graduate statistics courses in Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) and Longitudinal SEM. Courses are open to HDFS doctoral students as well as doctoral students from across the university. Her style of applied teaching of advanced statistics includes a focus on both the conceptual and statistical basis of techniques for analyzing data as well as direct application of concepts to the analysis of data in a structured class environment. In order to facilitate student research productivity, courses culminate in a course project in which students apply models taught in class to their own data and program of research to produce a publication quality manuscript. Course projects often lead to student publications in top-tier journals and presentations at international conferences.