Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, PhD

Research Interests

Work and family, military families, family stress, job flexibility, and marital quality

Biography

My primary research interest is in the relationships between work conditions and family life. I have studied differences between small and large workplaces, how adults grow and develop as a result of their work experiences, and how different kinds of organizational policies make it easier or more difficult for workers to be successful at work and at home. In 1996, I became the Director of the Center for Families, and in that role have the opportunity to conduct research and engagement activities focused on helping individuals and organizations who serve families to do their work more effectively. In 2000, my work added a new direction when I began to conduct research about and for military families via the Military Family Research Institute.

My research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health; the Departments of Defense, Agriculture, and Veterans Affairs; the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; the state of Indiana; and Lilly Endowment. I am a recipient of the Work Life Legacy Award from the Families and Work Institute and serve as a faculty fellow to the Boston College National Workforce Roundtable. In 2005, I was named a fellow of the National Council on Family Relations, and in 2012, I received the Morrill Award, Purdue’s highest faculty honor for outstanding career achievements that have had an impact on society.

Since my first day as an undergraduate, I have spent my educational career at universities with a land grant mission, meaning that they were created with the goal of bringing campus and community together as they carry out their discovery, learning and engagement activities. This mission both exhilarates and challenges me. It is indescribably exciting to have the opportunity to participate in changing lives - the lives of students who are the first in their families to attend college or go to graduate school, or the lives of front-line practitioners who find useful help from the research world. I believe that 'doing' and 'teaching' are great ways to learn, so I try to involve student colleagues in every facet of my work, including design, budgeting, instrumentation, data collection, analyses and publication. Everyone on our team is expected to share their expertise with other team members. Most of my projects also involve collaborations with partners inside and outside of the university, which presents great opportunities to learn about collaboration and life in the "real world."

Selected Publications

Recent Journal Articles

(P = Postdoctoral researcher; G = Graduate student; U = Undergraduate student)

  • Day, E., MacDermid Wadsworth, S., Bogenschneider, K., & Thomas-Miller, J. (accepted). When university researchers connect with policy: A framework for whether, when, and how to engage. Forthcoming, Journal of Family Theory and Review.

  • Marini, C. M.,G MacDermid Wadsworth, S., Franks, M. M., Wilson, S. R., Topp, D., & Christ, S. L. (accepted). Military spouses’ self- and partner-directed minimization in the context of deployment. Forthcoming, Military Behavioral Health.

  • Wright, B. N.,G MacDermid Wadsworth, S., Wellnitz, A., Sternberg, M., & Eicher-Miller, H. A. (accepted). Reaching Rural Veterans: A new mechanism to connect rural, low-income U.S. veterans with resources and improve food security. Forthcoming, Journal of Public Health. https://doi-org.ezproxy.lib.purdue.edu/10.1093/pubmed/fdy203

  • Flittner O’Grady, A. E.,P Whiteman, S. D., Cardin, J-F., & MacDermid Wadsworth, S. M. (2018). Changes in parenting and youth adjustment across the military deployment cycle. Journal of Marriage and Family, 80, 569-581. doi:10.1111/jomf.12457

  • Marini, C. M.,G Collins, C. L.,G & MacDermid Wadsworth, S. (2018). Examining multiple rhythms of military and veteran family life. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 10, 516-534. doi:10.1111/jftr.12275

  • Southwell, K. H.,G Whiteman, S. D., MacDermid Wadsworth, S. M., & Barry, A. E. (2018). The use of university services and student retention: Differential links for student service members or veterans and civilian students. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 19, 394-412. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1521025116636133

  • Wilson, S. R., Marini, C. M.,G Franks, M. M., Whiteman, S. D., Topp, D., & MacDermid Wadsworth, S. (2018). Communication and connection during deployment: A daily diary study from the perspective of at-home partners. Journal of Family Psychology, 32, 42-48. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/fam0000333

  • Collins, C. L.,G Lee, K. H.,P & MacDermid Wadsworth, S. M. (2017). Family stressors and family resources: Relationships with depressive symptoms in a sample of Army National Guard members and their partners during pre-deployment. Family Relations, 66, 302-316. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/fare.12251

  • MacDermid Wadsworth, S., Bailey, K. M.,G & Coppola, E. C.G (2017). U.S. military children and the wartime deployments of family members. Child Development Perspectives, 1, 23-28. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cdep.12210

  • Marini, C. M.,G Wadsworth, S. M., Christ, S. L., & Franks, M. M. (2017). Emotion expression, avoidance and psychological health during reintegration: A dyadic analysis of actor and partner associations within a sample of military couples. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 34, 69-90. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0265407515621180  Selected for the NCFR Families and Health section student/new professional paper award.

  • Mishra, P.,G Bhatnagar, J., Gupta, R., & MacDermid Wadsworth, S. M. (2017). How work-family enrichment influences innovative work behavior: Role of psychological capital and supervisory support. Journal of Management and Organization, 1-23. https://doi.org/10.1017/jmo.2017.23

  • Pagnan, C. E.,G Seidel, A., & MacDermid Wadsworth, S. (2017). I just can't fit it in! Implications of the fit between work and family on health promoting behaviors. Journal of Family Issues, 38, 1577-1603. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0192513X16631016  

  • Perry-Jenkins, M., & MacDermid Wadsworth, S. (2017). Capturing complexities in work and family theory and research. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 9, 253-256. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jftr.12188

  • Wright, B. N.,G Sternberg, M., Wellnitz, A., MacDermid Wadsworth, S., & Eicher-Miller, H. A. (2017). Food security, dietary quality, and use of resources are low among rural U.S. veteran food pantry users in a Reaching Rural Veterans pilot intervention. The FASEB Journal, 31, (1) Supplement, 791.1 (published abstract)

  • Lester, P., Aralis, H., Sinclair, M., Kiff, C., Lee, K-H.,P Mustillo, S., & MacDermid Wadsworth, S. (2016). The impact of deployment on parental, family and child adjustment in military families. Journal of Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 47, 938-949. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10578-016-0624-9

  • MacDermid Wadsworth, S. M., Cardin, J.-F., Christ, S., Willerton, E.,P O’Grady, A. F.,P Topp, D., Coppola, E.,G Lester, P., & Mustillo, S. (2016). Accumulation of risk and promotive factors among young children in US military families. American Journal of Community Psychology, 57, 190–202. http://dx.doi.org/.org/10.1002/ajcp.12025

  • Marini, C. M.,G MacDermid Wadsworth, S. M., Kwon, Y. I.,G & Pagnan, C. E.G (2016). Family members as boundary managers: Behaviors that promote and limit service members’ involvement in daily family life. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25, 2808-2819. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10826-016-0443-4

  • Mustillo, S., MacDermid Wadsworth, S. M., & Lester, P. (2016). Parental deployment and well-being in children: Results from a new study of military families. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 24, 82-91. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1063426615598766.

  • Southwell, K. H.,G & MacDermid Wadsworth, S. M. (2016, January Supplement). The many faces of military families: Unique features of the lives of female service members. Military Medicine, 181, 1, 70-79. http://dx.doi.org/10.7205/MILMED-D-15-00193

Recent Book Chapters

  • MacDermid Wadsworth, S., McCall, C., Bailey, K., & Coppola, E. (in press). Military and Veteran Families. Forthcoming, Macmillan Encyclopedia of Intimate and Family Relationships

  • Hajal, N., McCall, C.,G MacDermid Wadsworth, S., & Lester, P. (2018). Navigating family relationships during deployment: The intersection of communication and emotional functioning. In E. Weiss & C. Castro (Eds.). American military Life in the 21st Century: Social, cultural and economic Issues and trends. ABC CLIO.

  • MacDermid Wadsworth, S. M., Mustillo, S., Faber, A. J.,G & Christiansen, A. T.G (2018). Using the life course perspective to examine the prevalence of marriage in military families. In R. Settersten, R. Spiro, & C. Aldwin, Long term outcomes of military service: Perspectives on health and well-being (pp. 71-90). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0000061-000

  • Barry, A. E., Whiteman, S. D., & MacDermid Wadsworth, S. (2017). Mental health and academic functioning of student servicemembers and veterans in higher education: The importance of social support. In D. DiRamio (Ed.), What’s next for student veterans? Moving from transition to academic success (pp. 59-78). Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience & Students in Transition.

  • Lee, Kyung-heeP & MacDermid Wadsworth, S. M. (2017). The newest generation of U.S. veterans and their families. In C. Price & K. Bush. (Eds.), Families and change: Coping with stressful life events (pp. 203-222). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

  • MacDermid Wadsworth, S. (2016). Unique challenges facing military families. In N. D. Ainspan, C. Bryan, & W. E. Penk (Eds.), Handbook of psychosocial interventions for Veterans: A guide for the non-military mental health clinician (pp. 269-278). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

  • O’Grady, A. F.,P MacDermid Wadsworth, S., & Lester, P. (2016). Parents’ childhood exposures to traumatic events and current functioning in military families. In A. Gewirtz & A. M. Youssef (Eds.), Parenting and children’s resilience in military families (pp. 109-129). New York: Springer.

Books

  • MacDermid Wadsworth, S., & Riggs, D. S. (Eds.). (2013). Military deployment and its consequences for families. New York, NY: Springer.

  • Blaisure, K. R., Saathoff-Wells, T., Pereira, A., MacDermid Wadsworth, S. M., & Dombro, A. L. (2012). Serving military families in the 21st century. Routledge.

  • Institute of Medicine. (2012). Returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan: Assessment of readjustment needs of veterans, service members and their families. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. (MacDermid Wadsworth served on the committee that prepared this report).

  • Institute of Medicine. (2010). Returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan: Preliminary assessment of readjustment needs of veterans, service members, and their families. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. (MacDermid Wadsworth served on the committee that prepared this report).

  • MacDermid Wadsworth, S. M., & Riggs, D. R. (Eds.). (2010). Risk and resilience in U.S. military families. New York: Springer.

Task Force Reports

  • Arthur, D. C., MacDermid, S. M., Kiley, K., & members of the Department of Defense Task Force on Mental Health. (2007). An achievable vision: Report of the Department of Defense Task Force on mental health. Falls Church, VA: Defense Health Board.

Technical Reports

  • MacDermid Wadsworth, S., Mustillo, S., Lester, P., Flittner, A., Cardin, J.-F., Lee, K.-H., Topp, D. B., & Willerton, E. (2013). The intergenerational impact of war: Deployment and young children in military families. West Lafayette, IN: Military Family Research Institute.

  • Topp, D., Cardin, J., Walker, D. L., & MacDermid Wadsworth, S. (2012). The impact of Talk, Listen, Connect: Evaluation overview of Sesame Workshop Kits for military families with young children. West Lafayette, IN: Military Family Research Institute.

  • MacDermid Wadsworth, S. M., Editor (2010). Understanding family diversity in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. West Lafayette, IN: Military Family Research Institute.

  • Shields, C. G., Saltzman, W., Leskin, G., Garcia, E., Mogil, C., Lester, P., Finley, M., Ruff, S., Henry, U., Sahin, Z. S., Babayan, T., Morgan, M., Nash, W. P., Klosinski, L., & MacDermid Wadsworth, S. (2010). FOCUS for Military Families: Couples Resiliency Training Manual (1st Ed). Los Angeles, CA & West Lafayette, IN.: University of California and Purdue University.

  • Schwarz, R., Nyaronga, D., Posada, G., & MacDermid Wadsworth, S. (2009). Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployments and homecomings supporting military families with young children. Findings from the TLC II – MD kit evaluation. West Lafayette, IN: Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University.

  • Sternberg, M., MacDermid Wadsworth, S., Vaughan, J., & Carlson, R. (2009). The higher education landscape for student service members and veterans in Indiana. West Lafayette, IN: Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University.

  • Topp, D. B., Schwarz, R., Diamond, K., Tessema, T. A., Nyaronga, D., & MacDermid Wadsworth, S. (2009). Coming Together Around Military Families: Training evaluation. West Lafayette, IN: Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University.

  • Topp, D. B., Schwarz, R., Saqui, U., MacDermid Wadsworth, S., & Posada, G. (2009). Talk, listen, connect: Changes. Supporting military families with young children. Findings from the “Talk, listen, connect” (TLC II – Changes) kit evaluation. West Lafayette, IN: Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University.

  • MacDermid, S. M., Samper, R., Schwarz, R., Nishida, J., & Nyaronga, D. (2008). Understanding and promoting resilience in military families. West Lafayette, IN: Military Family Research Institute. This report was written at the request of the Director of Family Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for inclusion in a response to Congress.

Invited Federal Testimony

  • MacDermid Wadsworth, S. M. (2012, February). Community collaborations with the VA. Testimony before the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC.

  • MacDermid, S. M. (2008, March). FMLA and military families. Testimony before Assistant Secretary of Labor Victoria Lipnic, Washington, DC.

  • MacDermid, S. M. (2008, March). Military mental health. Testimony before the Personnel Subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee of the United States Senate, Washington, DC.

  • MacDermid, S. M. (2008, March). Overview of military mental health. Testimony before the Personnel Subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee of the United States House of Representatives, Washington, DC.

  • MacDermid, S. M. (2007, June). Supporting the psychological health of military members and their families. Testimony before the Personnel Subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee of the United States House of Representatives. Washington, DC.

Education

  • PhD, 1990, Human Development & Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University

  • MBA, 1988, Management, The Pennsylvania State University

  • MS, 1986, Human Development & Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University

  • BA Sc, 1982, Family Studies, Child Studies, University of Guelph, Canada

Recent Honors

2019 Engagement Fellow Award, Purdue University
2019 Faculty Engagement Award, College of Health and Human Sciences, Purdue University
2018 Horizons Faculty Mentor Champion Award, Horizons Student Support Services, Purdue University
2018 Felix Berardo Scholarship Award for Mentoring, National Council on Family Relations
2018 Named one of the top 10 ‘extraordinary contributors’ to work and family research in the world, based on empirical analyses conducted by Professor Jeffrey Hill
2018 Appointed Member, Committee on the Well-Being of Military Families. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
2018 Corps of Engagement Award, given to the Star Behavioral Health Providers program team at the Military Family Research Institute by Purdue University.
2017 In recognition of my contributions to the work and family research community, the Work-Family Researchers’ Network created an endowment fund to support the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Research on Work and Family, which I created and have administered since 1999.
2017 Women in Leadership Award, Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence, Purdue University
2017 Laura A. Wheeler Behavioral Health Champion Award, Army National Guard Behavioral Health Subcommittee.
2016 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award, Washington Center. Awarded to Purdue University in recognition of the work of the Military Family Research Institute
2016 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award, Association of Public and Land Grant Universities, awarded to the Military Family Research Institute

Recent External Grants

2018-2023 Principal Investigator. Effects during adolescence of early childhood exposure to parental wartime deployment. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. R01HD091373-01
2017-2018 Principal Investigator. Focus Forward Fellowship program. Got Your Six.
2017-2018 Principal Investigator. Measuring Communities. Got Your Six.
2017-2018 Principal investigator on subcontract. Help-seeking among ethnic minority veterans. National Center for PTSD. Michele Spoont, Principal Investigator.
2017-2018 Investigator. Star Behavioral Health Provider Support for Michigan - FY 2018. Michigan State University. $7,030.
2017-2018 Focus Forward Fellowship Program for women student veterans in Colorado.  Colorado State University. $150,000.
2016-2018 Principal Investigator. Star Behavioral Health Provider Program - Georgia. Emory University. 
2016-2017 Principal Investigator. Star Behavioral Health Provider Program - An Extension to Oregon (108761) Henry M. Jackson Foundation.
2016-2017 Principal Investigator. Awakening Communities:  Providing Data on a Hidden Military/Veteran Population. Elizabeth Dole Foundation. (#209677).
2016-2019 Principal Investigator. Transforming Transitions for Military and Veteran Families.  Lilly Endowment (2016-0704).
2016 Principal Investigator. Star Behavioral Health Providers Program Registry. American Association of Suicidology.
2016 Principal Investigator. SBHP New York. Gilman Foundation. $25,000. With Kathy Broniarczyk, Co-PI.
2015-2017 Principal Investigator. Trust in research, trust in relationships: How state legislators acquire and use research in deliberation. University of Wisconsin-Madison (Spons.or Award 629K226).
2015-2016 Principal Investigator. The Family Impact Seminars: Building Evidence-Based, Family-Focused Foster Care. Annie E. Casey Foundation

Recent Professional Service

National Council on Family Relations

Elected Positions
2014-2015 Program Chair
2013 Program Chair-Elect
2012 Member, Burgess Award Committee
2011-2012 Past Chair and Nominations Committee Chair, Research and Theory Section
2009-2011 Chair, Research and Theory Section
2007-2008 Chair-Elect, Research and Theory Section
This office carries responsibilities as Chair of the Burgess Award Committee.
2004-2006 Chair, Reuben Hill Award Committee
1999-2001 Chair, Feminism and Family Studies Section
1997-1999 Vice-Chair, Feminism and Family Studies Section
This office carries with it responsibilities as Chair of the Awards Committee.
1995-1997 Secretary-Treasurer, Feminism and Family Studies Section
1992-1993 Co-Chair, Focus Group on Individual Development in the Context of the Family, Research and Theory Section

Work Family Researchers' Network

2018-2019
2015-2018
2012, 2013, 2018
Treasurer
Member, Executive Committee (elected position)
Chair, Nominations Committee

Associate Editor

2017-present
1998-2018
1997-2000, 2015-2018
Journal of Applied Developmental Science
Journal of Family Issues
Journal of Family and Economics Issues

Editorial Boards

2008-present
2014-present
Journal of Family Theory and Review
Military Behavioral Health

Recent Ad hoc Reviewer

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, Family Process, Family Relations, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Journal of Family Issue, Journal of Family Psychology, Journal of Family Studies, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Military Medicine, Military Psychology, PLOS One (Guest Editor), Substance Abuse and Misuse, Psychiatric Services

Research Consulting and Advisory Boards

2018-present Member, Board of Peer Reviewers, Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research
2018 Member, Scientific Advisory Panel, Military Financial Toolkit, U. S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
2017-present Member, Advisory Committee, UCLA GLAVA Veteran Family Wellness Center
2017 Member, Health and Well-being Task Force, George W. Bush Institute Military Service Initiative
2017 Invited participant, Defining Military Family Roundtable, Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research, Toronto, Canada
2017-present Member, Board of Advisors, National Association of Veteran Service Organizations
2016-2018 Mentor. Therapeutic efficacy of service dogs for veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder and their spouses. Marguerite O'Haire. National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), Clinical and Translational Sciences Award, Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI KL2 Program)
2016-present Member, Data Safety and Monitoring Board. Strengthening Military Families Through PROSPER Partnerships. Research Triangle Institute, NC
2015-present Consultant, Millennium Cohort Family Study. Department of Defense Naval Health Research Center, San Diego, CA
2014-2018 Member, External Advisory Board. Collaborative Research: Millitary Veteran Students' Pathways in Engineering Education. NSF 1428512/1428646. Susan Lord, San Diego State University, Principal Investigator
2013-2017 Member, National Advisory Board, Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families, Kansas State University
2012-2017 Member, Advisory Board, Development and Evaluation of Veteran Suportive Supervisor Training (VSST): Reintegration of the Oregon National Guard and Reserves into the Workplace. Principal Investigator Leslie Hammer, Portland State University
2009-2016 Mentor. Building a Family Systems Model to Promote Adherence to PTSD Treatment. Career development award. Laura Meis, Department of Veterans Affairs

Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth

Professor
Director, Center for Families
Director, Military Family Research Institute
Executive Director, Family Impact Institute

Faculty Associate:
   Center on Aging and the Life
   Course
   HHS Public Health Graduate
   Program

(PhD, MS, and MBA, The Pennsylvania State University)

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