Faculty Associates

Melissa M. Franks

Contact Information
Email: mmfranks@purdue.edu
Office: FWLR 202 Map
Phone: (765) 494-2942
Fax: (765) 494-0503
Homepage: Homepage
Director, Center for Families
Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Science

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Pillars of Interdisciplinary Research Excellence

Social Contexts and Policy for Optimal Aging; Enhancing Biological and Physical Function in Later Life


PhD Kent State University Social and Health Psychology 1993

Research Interests

Marital processes in the management of chronic illness

Teaching Interests

CDFS 434: Aging and Family CDFS 602: Advanced Family Studies

Selected Publications

HY Cho, A Forster, SL Christ, MM Franks, EA Richards, S Rietdyk (2021). Changes To Gait Speed When Romantic Partners Walk Together: Effect Of Age And Obstructed Pathway

CM Marini, SJ Wilson, AM Tate, LM Martire, MM Franks (2021). Short-And Long-Term Effects Of Support Visibility On Support Providers' Negative Affect

KJ August, MM Franks, KS Rook, MAP Stephens (2020). Spouses' Responses To The Dietary Nonadherence Of Their Partners Managing Diabetes

EL Richards, M Franks, S Christ, S Rietdyk, E Teas (2020). Concordance Of Objectively Measured Physical Activity And Sedentary Behavior Between Couples

CM Marini, SMD Wadsworth, MM Franks, SR Wilson, D Topp, SL Christ (2019). Military Spouses' Self-And Partner-Directed Minimization In The Context Of Deployment

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