Program Faculty

Human Development and Family Sciences

HDFS faculty are national leaders focused on interdisciplinary research and teaching across four signature areas:

  • Transitions Across the Life Course
  • Resilience and Health Across the Lifespan
  • Families in Sociocultural Contexts
  • Policies and Applications of Developmental and Family Science

 

 To contact faculty please go to their college profile pages, linked from their names.

Program Faculty

Carolyn Aldwin, Ph.D.
Professor
Center for Healthy Aging Jo Anne Leonard Endowed Director

Currently accepting graduate students.

Carolyn's research examines how psychosocial factors affect health, especially how individuals cope with stress. She also examines how personality, mental health, and physical health change across the lifespan. She is particularly interested in factors which affect the rate of aging, as well as stress-related growth.

Kelly Chandler, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor


Kelly studies the implications of work experiences (e.g., conditions, policies, practices) for individual, family, and organizational well-being. The majority of her research focuses on how parents’ work experiences influence parent-child interactions, family time, and children’s health and well-being. To examine emotional transmission processes within the family, she uses intensive repeated measures, including daily diaries and ecological momentary assessments.

Tasha Galardi, Ph.D.
Instructor
HDFS Internship Coordinator


Tasha is committed to providing active learning opportunities in the classroom and enjoys getting to know her students as individuals. She has a particular interest in service and experiential learning, with an eye toward helping students pursue career goals that align with their strengths and passions.

John Geldhof, Ph.D.
Associate Professor


John's research focuses on the development of self-regulation across the lifespan and the relationship between intentional self-regulation and positive developmental outcomes (especially Positive Youth Development). He is also interested in quantitative methodology, both as a research domain and as a tool for optimizing his empirical research. As a substantive topic, his quantitative research focuses on latent variable and multilevel modeling techniques. He is also interested in the analysis of intensive repeated measures data.

Bridget Hatfield, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Currently accepting graduate students.

Bridget is interested in teacher- and parent-child relationships in early childhood, children’s stress and school readiness skills, quality of early childhood education, teacher professional development, & implications for policy.

Karen Hooker, Ph.D.
Professor
HDFS Graduate Program Co-director,
Jo Anne Leonard Petersen Endowed Chair in Gerontology and Family Studies

Currently accepting graduate students.

Karen's research interests are on self and personality processes in understanding risk and resilience factors for optimal aging. This includes understanding the role of intergenerational relationships in fostering healthy attitudes towards aging.

Brianne Kothari, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
OSU-Cascades

Currently accepting graduate students.

Brianne's research focuses on understanding the experiences and trajectories of at-risk populations as well as on designing, implementing and evaluating developmentally appropriate, family systems focused interventions.

Shannon Lipscomb, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
OSU-Cascades

Currently accepting graduate students.

Shannon’s research identifies ways to promote resilience among young children, families, and early childhood teachers and providers.

Katherine (Kate) MacTavish, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
HDFS Undergraduate Program Director

Currently accepting graduate students.

Kate's research focuses on rural families and communities, community effects, family management strategies & child/youth development in risky rural contexts, rural housing, rural schools, poverty & community development.

Megan McClelland, Ph.D.
Professor
HDFS Graduate Program Co-director,
Katherine E. Smith Healthy Children and Families Professor, Hallie Ford Director for the Center for Healthy Children and Families

Currently accepting graduate students.

Dr. McClelland’s research is broadly focused on optimizing children's development, especially as it relates to social and cognitive development and school success. In general, she is interested in the importance of children's self-regulation, executive function, and social competence for success in preschool, elementary school, and throughout the life-span. Her recent research has focused on developing measures of self-regulation and interventions to promote school readiness and success.

Kathleen McDonnell
Instructor
Director of the OSU Child Development Center

Lori McGraw, Ph.D., MS
Senior Instructor II


Lori is interested in developing students’ intellectual and emotional capacities to be critical agents, who transform knowledge into action that is responsive to moral, social and political problems. She focuses on high impact teaching pedagogy; social justice, equity & inclusion; and excellence in online teaching.

Monica Olvera, Ph.D.
Instructor


Monica is a passionate advocate for matters of social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion, both within and outside the classroom. She strives to create an engaging and positive learning environment that is respectful of multiple learning styles. Monica is interested in transnational families, mothering practices among immigrant Latina women, and positive cultural identity.

David Rothwell, MSW, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Currently accepting graduate students.

David studies how the lives of children and families are affected by poverty and economic inequality. Current research focuses on understanding variations in poverty and family policy in rural America, Oregon, and across countries.

Jenny Sasser, Ph.D.
Instructor
OSU Portland Center


Jenny focuses on the areas of creativity in later life; aging and embodiment; transdisciplinary curriculum design; Critical Gerontological theory; transformational adult learning practices; and cross-generational collaborative inquiry.

Richard A. Settersten, Jr., Ph.D.
Professor
Head, School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences Professor and Barbara E. Knudson Endowed Chair, Human Development and Family Sciences

Currently accepting graduate students.

Rick's research focuses on life course; transitions to adulthood; age and aging; parenthood; social policy; epigenetics.

Robert Stawski, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Currently accepting graduate students.

Dr. Stawski’s research focuses on everyday stress and its proximal and cumulative impacts on health and wellbeing, cognitive aging, cognitive epidemiology, midlife development, and aging. He is also interested in quantitative methods, with particular foci on the application and analysis of data utilizing intensive repeated measures designs (e.g., daily diary, ecological momentary assessment, and measurement burst)

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Associated Faculty Research Interests
Alan Acock
Professor Emeritus
Intergenerational relations, family structure, fathering, at risk families, & quantitative methods.
Mary Arnold, Ph.D.
Professor
4-H Youth Development Specialist
Positive youth development in applied settings with a focus on youth programs as developmental contexts that support thriving.
Currently accepting graduate students.
Sally Bowman, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Family Development Specialist
Geriatric mental health, depression, dementia, intergenerational relations and aging, welfare reform,welfare-to-work, family/school/community partnerships.
Marc Braverman, Ph.D.
Professor
Extension Family and Community Health Program
Adolescent health; health promotion theory and health interventions; smoking prevention and control; tobacco policy; program evaluation design and analysis; and design and delivery of community programs.
Currently accepting graduate students.
Megan Pratt, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor (Practice)
Understanding early learning at local, state, and national levels, with an emphasis on vulnerable populations.
Shauna Tominey
Assistant Professor of Practice & Parenting Education Specialist
Supporting positive social and emotional outcomes for children and families.
Currently accepting graduate students.

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Adjunct Faculty Research Interest
John Edwards
Professor
School of Psychological Science
Oregon State University
The motivational and personality factors that influence how people make judgments about other people.
Sally Gallagher
Professor
School of Public Policy
Oregon State University
Work and family, gender, sociology of religion, international development.
Kathy Gunter
Professor and Extension Specialist
Extension Family & Community Health;
Kinesiology
Examining the effects of a physically active lifestyle on the prevention & management of chronic disease.
Janet Lee
Professor
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program
Oregon State University
Women’s history and biography, feminist research methodologies.
Aurora Sherman
Associate Professor
School of Psychological Science
Oregon State University
Quality of life and psychosocial consequences of osteoarthritis and other chronic illnesses for older adults,  social relations, and adaptation to chronic illness in adulthood, gender and race/ethnicity patterns in social relations. 
Rebecca Warner
Professor
School of Public Policy
Oregon State University
Gender and families, particularly related to public policy issues.