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.

  • Couple and Relationship Education for Youth and Adults
  • Intimate and coparenting relationships
  • Remarriage/stepfamilies
  • Fatherhood and Prevention Program Evaluation
  • Mindfulness-based Interventions
Human Development
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
social sciences family marriage parent education