Faculty Partners

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Christopher R. Agnew
Psychological Sciences
Research Interests: Interpersonal relations – including commitment processes, dissolution processes, and social network interactions and influence; and social psychological dimensions of health behaviors.

Azza Ahmed
Research Interests: Developing and testing interventions that support and improve breastfeeding outcomes among vulnerable populations, specifically preterm infants and low-income mother/infant dyads.

Jorge Banda
Health and Kinesiology
Research Interests: 1) Developing, evaluating, and disseminating community-based interventions to decrease sedentary behavior, increase physical activity, and prevent and treat obesity in children and 2) using accelerometers and innovative data analysis strategies to improve estimates of child sleep, sedentary behavior, and physical activity. Dr. Banda’s research uses an interdisciplinary team approach to accomplish these research aims, involving social psychologists, exercise scientists, statisticians, and physicians.

Thomas Berndt
Psychological Sciences
Research Interests: The development of friendships during childhood and adolescence, and the effects of friendships on development; the processes and outcomes of peer influence; and moral judgments and reasoning about social relationships.

Patricia Boling
Political Science
Research Interests: How problems rooted in private life (e.g., the family, sexuality, reproductive matters, intimate relationships) come to be understood as political issues.

Arielle Borovsky
Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences
Research interests: Language development; early markers of risk for language and reading impairments; word learning; predictive processing in real-time language comprehension.

Sharon Christ
Human Development and Family Studies/Statistics
Research Interests: Structural equation modeling, longitudinal modeling, mixed effects (multilevel) modeling, complex sample data estimation, adolescent development, child maltreatment, healthy aging, work and health.

Eric Dietz
Purdue Homeland Security
Research Interests: Optimization of emergency response, homeland security and defense, energy security, and engaging veterans in higher education.

Jennifer Dobbs-Oates
Human Development and Family Studies
Research Interests: Emergent literacy; emergent numeracy; preschool social-emotional development; preschool learning and behavior; and school and home-based interventions.

Robert Duncan
Human Development and Family Studies
Research Interests: Early and middle childhood development, interventions, and policies, executive function, academic achievement, socio-emotional learning, fine and gross motor skills.

Nancy Edwards
School of Nursing
Research Interests: Adult nursing; dementia; neuroprogressive diseases; animal assisted therapy.

Heather Eicher-Miller
Nutrition Science
Research Interests: Identifying health and nutrition disparities among food-insecure and low-resource populations to inform interventions that will improve food insecurity and health in these populations. Diverse approaches are used in the Eicher-Miller laboratory. Large, complex, representative datasets such as the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey are valuable for discovering associations of diet to health and to determining dietary patterns of intake representative of specified US populations. Community based studies are undertaken to investigate the effects of nutrition education, program, and policy interventions on food security, diet, and overall health. Engaging with communities in participatory research can inform the translation of discovery to maximize intervention impacts.

Jim Elicker
Human Development and Family Studies
Research Interests: Early social-emotional development; child care quality; early childhood program evaluation; caregiver-child relationships; birth-to-three professional development.

Ken Ferraro
Research Interests: aging; health; quantitative methods.

Karen Foli
Research Interests: Mental health, transitions, and challenges faced by non-traditional families (adoptive and kinship) in community settings.

Melissa Franks
Human Development and Family Studies
Research Interests: Aging families; marriage and health; health behaviors; and chronic illness management.

John Froiland
Educational Psychology
Educational Studies
Research interests: Parental autonomy and relatedness support, parent involvement from preschool to high school, teacher-student relationships, intrinsic motivation to learn, student engagement, happiness, and positive psychology interventions.

Elizabeth Hoffman
Research Interests: Law and society; work and organizations; sex and gender; alternative dispute resolution; legal consciousness; workplace ideologies; and emotional labor.

Ellen Kossek
Krannert School of Management
Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence
Research Interests: New ways of working, technology and eworking, flexibility, workforce resiliency and sustainability, leadership and organizational change management and workplace interventions, workplace inclusion and talent management of gender and diversity.

Nasreen Lalani
Research interests: Dr. Lalani has got her research interests in the areas of aging and palliative care, family caregiving, resilience, and spirituality, healthcare access and equity among the vulnerable and underrepresented groups. She aims to develop her research program in the areas of aging and palliative care, promoting caregiver’s wellness, mental health, and resilience within different community settings.

Xinran Lehto
Hospitality and Tourism Management
Research Interests: Family travel; cross-cultural and cross-cohort consumer behavior, decision making, and marketing communication strategies.

Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth
Human Development and Family Studies
Research Interests: Work and family, military families, family stress, job flexibility and marital quality

Kristine Marceau 
Human Development and Family Studies
Research Interests: Gene-environment interplay, prenatal experiences, physiological responses to stress, pubertal development, parenting and parent-child relationships, development of behavior problems and substance use.

Maria Marshall
Agricultural Economics
Purdue Institute for Family Business
Research Interests: Small business development and family business management. Her small and family business research is focused on areas such as the resource exchange between the household and the business, family business management, and marketing. She is particularly focused on the resource exchange between household and business when each system experiences a normative and non-normative shock.

PIFF: The Purdue Initiative for Family Firms (PIFF) provides multi-generational family businesses with research-based business management resources aimed at improving personal leadership performance and driving operational growth. The ambition of PIFF is to prepare family business owners, managers, and stakeholders (including non-owner spouses and future owners) to be effective stewards of their family enterprises.

Monica Miller
Pharmacy Practice

Kameron Moding
Human Development and Family Studies
Research interests: Infancy and early childhood; the role of individual differences, such as temperament and self-regulation, in promoting health eating and growth in children; the influence of child characteristics on parenting practices that support optimal growth and developmental outcomes; child behavior and parent-child interactions during play and feeding contexts

Maggie O’Haire
Vet Med
Center for the Human-Animal Bond

Research Interests: Human-Animal Interaction (HAI); Animal-Assisted Intervention (AAI)

JoAnn Phillion
Curriculum and Instruction
Research Interests: Using narrative inquiry to study multicultural education in diverse school contexts – immigrant and ESL issues, programs that foster parental involvement in schools, and contributions minority teachers make to schools and education.

Germán Posada
Human Development and Family Studies
Research Interests: Child-mother attachment relationships; secure base phenomenon; attachment representations; caregiving and socialization outcomes; marital relationship and attachment; cross-cultural issues in attachment research.

David Purpura
Human Development and Family Studies
Research Interests: Preschool mathematics and reading, home numeracy and literacy environment, behavioral and cognitive development, interventions for children at-risk of later mathematics difficulties.

Jeremy Reynolds
Research Interests: Work and organizations; work hours and schedules; work and family; stratification/inequality.

Libby Richards
Research Interests: Population-based physical activity promotion; the individual, interpersonal, and environmental influences of physical activity; she has developed and evaluated several walking interventions focusing on motivation, self-efficacy and social support.

Felicia Roberts
Brian Lamb School of Communication
Research Interests: Verbal and non-verbal practices that construct everyday and institutional life – language development; parent-child interaction; language attitudes; perception of non-standard speakers; and language variation and change.

Melissa Robertson
Industrial-Organizational Psychology
Research Interests: The intersection of work and relationships – enhancing the quality and effectiveness of relationships between employees and important people in their work and nonwork lives; facilitating meaningful work and career outcomes from a relational perspective.

Ellen Schellhase
Pharmacy Practice
Research Interests: Ambulatory care and the Purdue Kenya Program.

Sara Schmitt 
Human Development and Family Studies
Research Interests: Early childhood development, school readiness, self-regulation, executive function, socio-emotional learning, language development, poverty, rural communities, residential mobility, at risk youth, intervention and prevention, early care and education.

Laura Schwab Reese
Health and Kinesiology
Research Interests: Inform, develop, and evaluate interventions to reduce intentional and unintentional injuries, including intimate partner violence, suicide, opioid overdose, traffic safety culture, bullying, teen driving, sports injury, and child abuse; particularly primary prevention of violence perpetration.

A.J. Schwichtenberg
Human Development and Family Studies

Purdue Autism Research Center
Research Interests: Developmental trajectories in early childhood, at risk development, developmental disabilities (e.g., Autism Spectrum Disorder), sleep health, social-emotional development.

Christie Sennott
Research Interests: Health, Family, Gender, Life Course, HIV/AIDS, Reproduction, and Motherhood.

Heather Servaty-Seib
Educational Studies
Research Interests: The field of thanatology (i.e., the study of death and dying) with particular emphasis on adolescent grief and social support offered to the bereaved.

Cleveland Shields
Human Development and Family Studies
Research Interests: Families and health; healthcare; family interventions in health; patient-centered care; and couples and cancer.

Vicki Simpson
Research Interests: The impact of health risk appraisals on behavior change.

Glenn Sparks
Brian Lamb School of Communication
Research Interests: Effects of mass media; the general impact of electronic media on interpersonal relationships and close connections.

Jack Spencer
Research Interests: Deviance and social control; criminology and delinquency; sociolinguistics; social psychology.

Mangala Subramaniam
Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence
Research Interests: Gender (and its intersections with race, ethnicity, caste, and class), Social Movements and Transnational Movements, Global Politics, Development; Research Methods; South Asia (particularly India)

Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence: The Butler Center’s goal is to design conversations across campus and higher education that advance women’s leadership and create more inclusionary spaces. The Butler Center has hosted hundreds of women and men at our annual Conference for Pretenure Women; as well as hosting Purdue Women Lead, Purdue Women’s Network, the Violet Haas Award, and Purdue Faculty Scholars, amongst other awards, events, and co-sponsorships. The Butler Center also highlights remarkable academic careers of Purdue alumnae and unique contributions of current faculty, staff, and students in making Purdue a better place by awarding the Distinguished Women Scholars and Leadership in Action Award.

Harry Targ
Political Science
Research Interests: American politics; American labor; international relations.

Zoe Taylor
Human Development and Family Studies
Research Interests: Risk and resilience processes; mental health and well-being; family functioning and relationships; health disparities in Latino families; stress and coping; child social and emotional competence; positive youth development; single-mother families; diversity and culture.

Patricia Thomas
Research Interests: Social relationships, health, aging and the life course, social position.

Amanda Veile
Dr. Veile is a biological anthropologist who studies human reproductive and developmental biology using  evolutionary and biocultural theoretical perspectives. Since 2000, she has worked as a scientist on indigenous health projects in Bolivia, Venezuela, Mexico and Peru.  Her ongoing research projects include 1) Documentation of birthing practices, breastfeeding patterns, and mother-child interactions; 2) Studies of growth, immuno-nutrition, and gut microbiome development in infants and children; and 3) Monitoring community health profiles in geographically isolated populations, to identify novel health challenges associated with globalization and modernization.

Jiayun Xu
Research Interests: Chronic disease management and family caregiving across the chronic disease trajectory (diagnosis to the end of life). Specifically, improving health outcomes for unpaid family caregivers who work outside of the home.

Xiang Zhou
Counseling Psychology
Educational Studies

Research interests: The intersection of culture and parenting. Specifically, to understand family cultural socialization and parenting motivation (i.e., parenting regulatory focus) as well as culturally adapted parenting interventions with ethnic-racial minority families, particularly Asian/Asian American populations, including immigrant, refugee, and adoptee families.