Faculty Partners

Lalatendu Acharya
Consumer Science
lacharya@purdue.edu
Research Interests: Communication campaigns, behavior change and consumer participation. He studies and evaluates the meanings behind the design, construction and implementation of different health, nutrition and other communication campaigns specifically in vulnerable and marginalized communities.

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

Ximena Arriaga
Psychological Sciences
arriaga@purdue.edu
Research Interests: Relationship commitment and stability; partner violence; and intervention research with Latino families.

Jorge Banda
Health and Kinesiology
bandaj@purdue.edu
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
berndt@purdue.edu
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.

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

Patrice Buzzanell
Brian Lamb School of Communication
Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence
buzzanel@purdue.edu
Research Interests: Organizational communication with specific interests in career, leadership, and work-life processes.

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.

Sharon Christ
Human Development and Family Studies/Statistics
slchrist@purdue.edu
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
jedietz@purdue.edu
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
jendo@purdue.edu
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
duncan99@purdue.edu
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
edwardsn@purdue.edu
Research Interests: Adult nursing; dementia; neuroprogressive diseases; animal assisted therapy.

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

Ken Ferraro
Sociology
ferraro@purdue.edu
Research Interests: aging; health; quantitative methods.

Karen Foli
Nursing
kfoli@purdue.edu
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
mmfranks@purdue.edu
Research Interests: Aging families; marriage and health; health behaviors; and chronic illness management.

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

Blake Jones
Human Development and Family Studies
blakejones@purdue.edu
Research Interests: Child obesity, child health and well-being, sleep, daily routines, family processes, family mealtimes and bedtime routines, home food environments, work-family issues, cultural influences in health disparities, family resiliency.

Ellen Kossek
Krannert School of Management
Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence
ekossek@purdue.edu
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.

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

Sandra Liu
Consumer Sciences
liuss@purdue.edu
Research Interests: Consumerism in healthcare delivery; sales management in a knowledge era; customer capital and structural capital in healthcare industry; knowledge management and organizational learning; and strategic marketing issues in income generation activities in healthcare.

Kristine Marceau 
Human Development and Family Studies
KristineMarceau@purdue.edu
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 Initiative for Family Firms (PIFF)
mimarsha@purdue.edu
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
mille355@purdue.edu

JoAnn Phillion
Curriculum and Instruction
phillion@purdue.edu
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
gposada@purdue.edu
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
purpura@purdue.edu
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
Sociology 
jeremyr@purdue.edu 
Research Interests: Work and organizations; work hours and schedules; work and family; stratification/inequality.

Libby Richards
Nursing
earichar@purdue.edu 
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
froberts@purdue.edu
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.

Ellen Schellhase
Pharmacy
elschell@purdue.edu
Research Interests: Ambulatory care and the Purdue Kenya Program.

Sara Schmitt 
Human Development and Family Studies
saraschmitt@purdue.edu
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
saraschmitt@purdue.edu
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
aschwich@purdue.edu
Research Interests: Developmental trajectories in early childhood, at risk development, developmental disabilities (e.g., Autism Spectrum Disorders), sleep health, social-emotional development.

Christie Sennott
Sociology
csennott@purdue.edu
Research Interests: Health, Family, Gender, Life Course, HIV/AIDS, Reproduction, and Motherhood.

Heather Servaty-Seib
Educational Studies
servaty@purdue.edu
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
cgshields@purdue.edu
Research Interests: Families and health; healthcare; family interventions in health; patient-centered care; and couples and cancer.

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

Jack Spencer
Sociology
jspencer@purdue.edu
Research Interests: Deviance and social control; criminology and delinquency; sociolinguistics; social psychology.

Mangala Subramaniam
Sociology
mangala@purdue.edu
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)

Harry Targ
Political Science
targ@purdue.edu
Research Interests: American politics; American labor; international relations.

Zoe Taylor
Human Development and Family Studies
zetaylor@purdue.edu
Research Interests: Family processes and relationships; risk and resilience; child competence; psychobiobehavioral processes; diversity and culture; temperament and personality; socioemotional development; middle childhood; adolescence.

Maria Venetis
Brian Lamb School of Communication
mvenetis@purdue.edu
Research Interests: the intersection of interpersonal and health communication. In particular, how individuals talk about their health and the implications of that talk. One area of research includes how patients and their partners and families talk with healthcare providers. Another focus includes how patients and partners communicate about the illness and how this disclosure or avoidance influences their individual and relational wellbeing.

S. Laurel Weldon
Political Science
weldons@purdue.edu
Research Interests: Social structures and public policy implications of patterns of group inequality for democratic politics and policy making; political impact of social movements and specialized bureaucratic agencies.

Oliver Wendt
Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Educational Studies 
wendto@purdue.edu
Research Interests: Children and families impacted by autism spectrum disorders/developmental disabilities; severe communication disorders; efficacy of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and assistive technology (AT); effects of parent-implemented communication interventions; evidence-based practice in AAC and autism.

Steve Wilson
Brian Lamb School of Communication
wilson25@purdue.edu
Research Interests: Intersections between interpersonal communication and social influence – how individuals manage multiple, conflicting goals when trying to influence others at home, in the classroom, or at work.

Jiayun Xu
Nursing
xu1115@purdue.edu
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.