Faculty Directory

Name Contact Information Research Interests
Annabelle Atkin

Annabelle Atkin
Assistant Professor

765-494-2941
HNLY 235
aatkin@purdue.edu

Race and racism, Multiracial and Asian American race-related development, racial-ethnic socialization in the family context, racial-ethnic identity, stereotype internalization, racial discrimination and coping, mental health and well-being, critical racial consciousness development among diverse youth and young adults 

Sharon Christ Sharon Christ
Associate Professor
765-496-1638
FWLR 215
slchrist@purdue.edu

Structural equation modeling, longitudinal modeling, mixed effects (multilevel) modeling, complex sample data estimation, adolescent development, child maltreatment, and healthy aging

1.75xJDobbs-Oates.jpg Jennifer Dobbs-Oates
Clinical Associate Professor
765-494-2931
HNLY 245
jendo@purdue.edu

Experiential educational practices in HDFS undergraduate education (including service-learning, internships, capstones, and collaboration), scholarship of teaching and learning, school readiness, school and home-based interventions for at-risk preschoolers

Robert Duncan Robert Duncan
Assistant Professor
765-494-3312
HNLY 247
duncan99@purdue.edu

Early and middle childhood development, interventions, and policies, language environments, executive function, academic achievement, socio-emotional learning, fine and gross motor skills

Sarah Eason Sarah Eason
Assistant Professor
765-496-1828
FWLR 211
season@purdue.edu

Family engagement in early learning; parent-child interactions; mathematics in early childhood; social influences on cognitive development and attitudes towards learning; informal learning environments

Cézanne Elias Cézanne Elias
Clinical Assistant Professor
765-494-2944
FWLR 221
chaas@purdue.edu

Active learning, scholarship of teaching, digital education, community research, health and well-being

Jennifer Finders

Jennifer Finders
Assistant Professor

765-494-2932
HNLY 231
jfinders@purdue.edu

Early education policy, classroom quality, school readiness, executive function, educational disparities 

Melissa Franks Melissa M. Franks
Associate Professor
765-494-2942
FWLR 206
mmfranks@purdue.edu
Aging families, marriage and health, health behaviors and chronic illness management
Doran French Doran French
Professor
765-494-6410
FWLR 225
dcfrench@purdue.edu
Child and adolescent social development, friendship, conflict, cultural psychology, and religion
Elliot Friedman Elliot Friedman
William & Sally Berner Hanley Associate Professor of Gerontology
765-496-6378
HNLY 249
efriedman@purdue.edu
Physiological regulation in middle and later life, psychological well-being and health, biopsychosocial integration, successful aging
Valerie Knopik

Valerie Knopik
Department Head

Ben & Maxine Miller Professor of Human Development and Family Studies

765-494-9511
HNLY 256
vknopik@purdue.edu
ADHD, gene-environment interplay, epigenetics, prenatal substance exposure, development of externalizing behavior problems, reading, language, and executive function deficits, and substance use, stress and mental health/wellness, the effects of yoga and mindfulness on quality-of-life and well-being
Shelley M. MacDermid Wadsworth

Shelley M. MacDermid Wadsworth
Distinguished Professor of Human Development & Family Studies
Director, Center for Families
Director, Military Family Research Institute

765-494-6026
FWLR 201
shelley@purdue.edu
Work and family, military families, family stress, job flexibility, and marital quality
Kristine Marceau Kristine Marceau
Assistant Professor
765-494-9410
HNLY 225
KristineMarceau@purdue.edu
Gene-environment interplay, prenatal experiences, physiological responses to stress, pubertal development, parenting and parent-child relationships, development of behavior problems and substance use
Carolyn McCormick Carolyn McCormick
Assistant Professor
765-494-8156
HNLY 229
Carolyn-McCormick@purdue.edu
Early developmental trajectories, Autism Spectrum Disorder, physiological responses, visual experience, early intervention, community engagement, sensory symptoms
Kameron Moding Kameron Moding
Assistant Professor
765-496-1798
FWLR 207
kmoding@purdue.edu
Infant and child temperament; parent-child interactions; feeding practices; food preferences and eating behavior; obesity risk
Deborah Nichols Deborah Nichols
Associate Professor
Director, Children's Media Lab
765-496-0137
HNLY 223
deborahnichols@purdue.edu
Early childhood, television, digital media, cognition, attention, comprehension, executive function, language and literacy development, social behavior, parenting, representational abilities, at-risk children and families, poverty, intervention, STEM education
Germán Posada Germán Posada
Associate Department Head and Professor
765-494-1029
HNLY 248
gposada@purdue.edu
Child-mother attachment relationships, secure base phenomenon, attachment representations, caregiving and socialization outcomes, marital relationship and attachment, cross-cultural issues in attachment research
Megan Purcell Megan Purcell
Clinical Associate Professor
ECEEN Program Coordinator
765-494-2937
FWLR 203
meganpurcell@purdue.edu
Best practice in the preparation of early childhood educators and early interventionists, reflective teaching, implementation of the DEC Recommended Practices in practice
David Purpura David Purpura
Associate Professor
765-494-2947
FWLR 223
purpura@purdue.edu
Preschool mathematics and reading, home numeracy and literacy environments, mathematics learning for dual language learners, behavioral and cognitive development, interventions for children at-risk of later mathematics difficulties
Sara Schmitt Sara Schmitt
Associate Professor
765-494-4139
FWLR 219
saraschmitt@purdue.edu
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
A. J. Schwichtenberg A.J. Schwichtenberg
Associate Professor
765-496-2780
HNLY 227
ajschwichtenberg@purdue.edu
Developmental trajectories in early childhood, at risk development, developmental disabilities (e.g., Autism Spectrum Disorder), sleep health, social-emotional development
Rosie Shrout Rosie Shrout
Assistant Professor
765-496-3006
FWLR 202
shrout@purdue.edu
Romantic relationships, stress, and health across adulthood and later life; dyadic coping and chronic illness management; infidelity and relationship conflict; psychoneuroimmunology, including cardiovascular, immune, and endocrine function; inflammation, gut microbiome, and aging biomarkers; dyadic, biobehavioral, and longitudinal methods
Zoe Taylor Zoe Taylor
Associate Professor
765-494-2949
HNLY 246
zetaylor@purdue.edu
Risk and resilience processes in youth and families; mental health and well-being; immigrant and migrant families; health disparities in Latinx families; stress and coping; child social and emotional competence; positive youth development; single-mother families; diversity and culture.
Natasha Watkins Natasha Watkins
Clinical Associate Professor
765-496-2106
FWLR 208
watkinsn@purdue.edu

Positive youth development, community-based youth programs, service learning, civic engagement, intergroup relations

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