Human Development and Family Studies Faculty

Ames, Barbara Ph.D.
517-432-3324
  • Family history, theory and demography
  • Older workers in a changing economy
  • Women and social justice

 

 

Blow, Adrian Ph.D.
517-432-7092
  • Resiliency processes in military families
  • Couple and family coping in the face of trauma
  • Infidelity in committed relationships
  • Common factors across theories of couple and family therapy

 

Bonomi, Amy E. Ph.D., M.P.H.
517-355-0230
  • Risk factors and health impacts of intimate partner violence
  • Couple-level intimacy processes in violent and non-violent relationships
  • Risk factors and health impacts of teen dating violence

 

Bowles, Ryan
517-432-2264
  • Assessment of early childhood literacy skills
  • Language and literacy development in preschool
  • Research methodology for studying development
Brophy-Herb, Holly E. Ph.D.
517-355-3397
  • Self regulation skills in infants, toddlers, and very young children
  • Associations between parent/caregiver emotional socialization and early social-emotional development, including self-regulation
  • Applied research on promoting parenting/family strengths via Infant Mental Health-based prevention and intervention models

 

Carolan, Marsha Ph.D.
517-432-3327
  • Focus on diverse families and health
  • Feminist and multicultural theories applied to women and families
  • Qualitative methodologies with an emphasis on grounded theory

 

Gerde, Hope K. Ph.D.
517-355-0365
  • Relations between early reading and writing development
  • Distance learning approaches to early childhood teacher professional development
  • Teacher influences of children's language and literacy development

 

Griffore, Robert J. Ph.D.
517-432-3818
  • Analysis of metacontingencies and macrocontingencies in human environments
  • Analysis of experiences of older adults in life adjustments and transitions
  • Analysis of the ecology of development of Native American youth

 

Johnson, Deborah J. Ph.D.
517-432-9115
  • Racial-ethnic parental socialization
  • Racial-identity development
  • Child racial coping
  • Cultural and global contexts of development
  • Cultural adjustment of immigrant groups
Miller, Julia R. Ph.D.
517.353.9457
  • African American Women: Contributions, Struggles and Presence in Higher Education
  • Homeless individuals and families within the context of their communities
  • Stop and Frisk: Issues and Answers
  • Qualitative Analysis: Its Use in Research

 

 

 

Onaga, Esther E. Ph.D.
517-355-0166
  • Intentional communities for people with psychiatric disabilities
  • Families and transition of youth on the ASD into young adulthood
  • Educating state policymakers about issues concerning families

 

Parra-Cardona, José Rubén Ph.D.
517-432-2269
  • Cultural adaptation of evidence-based parenting interventions
  • Protective parenting in Latino populations
  • Gender-based violence and elimination of male abusive behaviors

 

Phenice, Lillian A. Ph.D.
517-432-2265
  • The ecology of ethnic minority individuals and families
  • Life span development and adaptation of marginalized individuals and families
  • Practice, Precautionary, and Preventative Principles with children’s health

 

 

Qin, Desiree Baolian Ed.D.
517-432-2267
  • Cultural adaptation of adolescents and emerging adults from immigrant/sojourner backgrounds
  • Parenting, tiger moms, and children’s developmental outcomes across cultural contexts
  • Mental health of high achieving students

 

Schiamberg, Lawrence B. Ph.D.
517-432-8293
  • Adolescent Bullying in the context of families, schools, and neighborhoods
  • Elder Abuse in the family/community and in nursing homes
  • Older adult well-being and health in family, community and global settings

 

 

Silvey, Le Anne E. Ph.D, ACSW, LMSW.
517-432-3325
  • American Indian individual, family, and community development
  • Cross cultural practice across the lifespan
  • Management and ethical issues in human services

 

Skibbe, Lori Ph.D.
517-432-2022
  • Early literacy development in the context of families and schools
  • Assessment of literacy skills during preschool
  • Early literacy interventions for children with special needs

 

Vallotton, Claire D. Ph.D.
517-884-0521
  • Infant sign/symbolic gestures
  • Infant mental health
  • Parent-child interaction and communication
  • Child effects on adult-child relationships
  • Early development of symbolic and social skills
  • Quantitative observational methods of research
Villarruel, Francisco A. Ph.D.
517-432-7298
  • Juvenile Justice System Reform/Disproportionate Minority Contact
  • Youth Development
  • Latino youth and families

 

Youatt, June Pierce Ph.D.
517-432-1075
  • Family Community Services
  • Higher Education and Leadership