Expertise
I am interested in family relationships and individual outcomes in more at-risk family contexts; therefore, I have been involved in research on low-resource families, post-divorce families and stepfamilies, military families, and families involved in physical child abuse. My current applied research is focused on the assessment of relationship and marriage education programs targeting a broad population of couples, adult singles, and youth. I use an engaged action research approach that utilizes a collaborative network of community-based agencies for program implementation and data collection.
Communities
Human Development
Degrees
PhD, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Human Development and Family Studies, 1999
MA, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Human Development / Family Studies, 1997
BS, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Communications, 1983
Keywords
parent education marriage family social sciences