Christine McCall

Research Interests

Christine’s research interests center on the development and disruption of relationship processes during periods of family transitions and within the context of time. In particular, she is interested in understanding how relationship cognitions, evaluations, and behaviors (co)vary between partners and across multiple time scales. Currently, her dissertation utilizes a multiple time scales approach to examine relationship processes at two related but distinct time scales (i.e., established patterns and daily interactions) to understand how interdependencies between partners, relationship behaviors, and time may promote or hinder successful adaptation across military deployment transitions. In addition to generating theoretically-grounded research on the wellbeing of family systems, her career goal is to translate and disseminate research findings to families, key stakeholders, and policymakers.

Publications

  • McCall, C. E., Rodriguez, K. E., MacDermid Wadsworth, S. M., Meis, L. A., & O’Haire, M. E. (2020). “A part of our family”? Effects of psychiatric service dogs on quality of life and relationship functioning in military-connected couples. Military Behavioral Health, 8(4), 410-423. https://doi.org/10.1080/21635781.2020.1825243

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

Translation Publications

  • McCall, C. E., MacDermid Wadsworth, S. M. Duncan, R. J. (2021). The Digital Divide: How Does it Divide Hoosiers? [Report]. Center for Families at Purdue University.

  • Coppola, E. C., McCall, C. E., Bailey, K. M., Mihalec-Adkins, B. P., & MacDermid Wadsworth, S. M. (2020). Understanding the challenges and meeting the needs of military and veteran families [Research Policy Brief]. National Council on Family Relations.

  • McCall, C. E., & MacDermid Wadsworth, S. M. (2019, January 8). The role of conflict resolution on relationship functioning following a military deployment [Online post]. PsychBytes, Indiana Psychological Association Online Educational Series.

Select Presentations

  • MacDermid Wadsworth, S. M., McCall, C. E., Coppola, E. C., & Bailey, K. M. (2020, November 11-13). Family journeys through stress and transition: Equifinality in action. In J. M. Duncan (Chair), The fight at home: Understanding the contexts of stressful experiences for military families [Symposium]. National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, virtual.

  • McCall, C. E., Franks, M. M., Taylor, Z. E., Topp, D., & MacDermid Wadsworth, S. M. (2019, November 20-23). Couple communication and role negotiation during a period of stress and transition [Paper presentation]. National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Fort Worth, TX, United States.

  • MacDermid Wadsworth, S. M., McCall, C. E., Bailey, K. M., & Coppola, E. C. (2019, November 20-23). What is ‘successful’ family reintegration following wartime deployment? [Poster presentation]. National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Fort Worth, TX, United States.

  • McCall, C. E., Rodriguez, K. E., MacDermid Wadsworth, S. M., Meis, L. A., Behmer, V. A., & O’Haire, M. O. (2019, November 14-16). The role of veteran PTSD service dogs on partners’ quality of life and relationship functioning [Poster presentation]. International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 35th Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, United States.

  • Coppola, E. C., McCall, C. E., Bailey, K., & MacDermid Wadsworth, S. (2018, November 7-10). Associations between stressors, partner role functioning, and postdeployment outcomes [Poster presentation]. National Council on Family Relations Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, United States.

  • McCall, C. E. & MacDermid Wadsworth, S. M. (2017, November 15-18). Renegotiation of household labor after a military deployment: A communication perspective. National Council on Family Relations Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, United States.

Select Translation Presentations

  • Broniarczyk, K. & McCall, C. E. (2019, November 13). Military Supportive Communities Initiative (MSCI) Data Academy [Workshop]. Eight-hour workshop presented to veteran-serving community members in Southern Indiana and Kentucky, New Albany, IN, United States.

  • MacDermid Wadsworth, S. M., Collins, C. L., McCall, C. E. (2016, July 25). What does stacking cups have to do with science? Studying parents and children [Community presentation]. Two-hour session for high school juniors and seniors for Experience Purdue, West Lafayette, IN, United States.

Teaching Experience

  • Co-Instructor, HDFS 201: Introduction to Family Processes (online; Summer 2020)

  • Teaching Assistant, HDFS 210: Introduction to Human Development (Fall 2019)

  • Guest Lecturer, HDFS 201: Introduction to Family Processes (Spring 2018; Fall 2018)

  • Guest Lecturer, HDFS 210: Introduction to Human Development (Spring 2018; Fall 2018; Spring 2019; Fall 2019)

  • Guest Lecturer, HDFS 280: Diversity in Individual and Family Life (Spring 2019; Fall 2019)

Awards

  • 2020, Outstanding Student/New Professional Paper Award, Families and Health Section of the National Council on Family Relations

  • 2020, Levien Family Policy Internship/Scholarship, Purdue Center for Families

  • 2020, Compton Graduate Travel Award, Purdue College of Health and Human Sciences

  • 2019, Outstanding Masters Student Award, Purdue University Department of Human Development and Family Studies

  • 2019, Travel Grant, Purdue Graduate Student Government

  • 2018, First Place in Abstract Competition, Indiana Psychological Association

  • 2017, Travel Grant, Purdue Graduate Student Government

  • 2016 - 2017, Ross Fellowship, Purdue College of Health and Human Sciences

Education

  • M.S., 2020, Human Development and Family Studies, Purdue University

  • B.A., 2014, Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Advisor:  Dr. Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth

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Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant

(Pronouns: she/her/hers)

Human Development and Family Studies

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