Expertise

My research centers on the examination of adolescent and young adult development within the context of relationships with parents, friends, and romantic partners. Most central are questions pertaining to identity formation within family and peer contexts, and questions about emotional and sexual health and quality of adolescents’ and young adults’ romantic relationships. I also am interested in how identity and close relationships intersect to affect adolescents’ capacities to achieve important educational and career goals.

  • Adolescent Development
  • Adolescent Relationships
  • Dating Relationships
  • Identity Development
  • Young Adults
Past Affiliations

Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, School of Health and Human Sciences, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (past)
1994 - 1999

Associate Professor , Human Sciences, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, College of Human Sciences, Auburn University
1999 - 2006

Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, College of Human Sciences, Auburn University
2006 - present

Interim Associate Dean , Office of the Dean, College of Human Sciences, Auburn University

Extension Specialist, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, College of Human Sciences, Auburn University

Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, Auburn University
2006 - present

Communities
Human Development
Degrees
PhD, Auburn University, Human Development and Family Studies, 1994
MS, Old Dominion University, Psychology, 1990
BS, Old Dominion University, Therapeutic Recreation, 1984
BS, Old Dominion University, Psychology, 1983
Keywords
social sciences adolescents family adolescent psychology youth development or leadership human development
Honors

NCFR Research Fellow, National Council on Family Relations, 2013 to present

Fellow, National Council on Family Relations, 2013

Mary Frances Stone Outstanding Teacher Award (Human Development and Family Studies), Human Environmental Sciences (University of North Carolina-Greensboro), 1999-1999

Associations
European Association for Research on Adolescence
International Association for Relationship Research
International Society for Research on Identity
National Council on Family Relations
Society for Research on Identity Formation