Expertise

Research Interest:

  • Couple and Relationship Education for Youth and Adults
  • Intimate and coparenting relationships
  • Remarriage/stepfamilies
  • Fatherhood and Prevention Program Evaluation
  • Mindfulness-based Interventions

Research Projects:

  • Alabama Community Healthy Marriage Initiative
  • The impact of relationships/marriage education among ethnically-diverse low-resource youth: A short-term longitudinal study
  • Understanding ethnic minority stepfamily development and dynamics
  • Program Impact Study of the Alabama Children's Trust Fund Grantee Programs
  • The Alabama Marriage and Family Project

Her research interests focus on relational health among youth, couples, stepfamilies, and families under stress.

Communities
Human Development
Degrees
PhD, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Human Development and Family Studies, 1999
M.S., University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Human Development and Family Studies, 1997
B.A., University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Communications, 1983
Keywords
social sciences family marriage parent education