HDFS Faculty and Staff

HDFS faculty are national leaders and have served in major leadership roles. Many have:

  • been honored with the status of “Fellow” in their professional organizations
  • hold leadership positions in regional professional associations
  • have credentials from some of the most prestigious institutions in the country
  • and have been recognized as outstanding teachers.

They conduct innovative research focused on social issues of significance across the lifespan and many research projects are collaborative with faculty from other departments at OSU and other universities.

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

Tenured/Tenure Track Faculty

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

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 interconnection between work experiences and family relationships and well-being; work stress, recovery and health; stress transmission among family members; parenting; and military family resilience.

John Geldhof, Ph.D.
Assistant 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.

Bridget Hatfield, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

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
Jo Anne Leonard Petersen Endowed Chair in Gerontology and Family Studies

Karen's research interests are on self and personality processes in understanding relationships between mental and physical health, coping, social support and health behaviors. Past work has examined spouse caregivers for people with Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. Examination of change and stability in psychological processes using an intraindividual variability approach is also a recurrent research theme.

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

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

Shannon's research focuses on obesity prevention in children, enhancing parenting, and social competence in toddlers.

Katherine (Kate) MacTavish, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

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
Katherine E. Smith Healthy Children and Families Professor, Hallie Ford Director for the Center for Healthy Children and Families

Megan's research focuses on early social & cognitive development. Current research focuses on the developmental pathways through self-regulation & social competence.

Carolyn Mendez-Luck, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Carolyn's main research focus has been to examine the motivations and meanings of the caregiver role and the interpersonal dynamics within the caregiving dyad. Her expertise is in qualitative, survey, and intervention research methods, which she has applied to understanding the social and cultural factors associated with adult development and aging in Latino families.

David Rothwell, MSW, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

David's research focuses on poverty measurement; child poverty, rural poverty; family stress, family relations, family policy; cross-national research.

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

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

Robert Stawski, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
HDFS Graduate Program Director

Robert's research focuses on the links between stressful experiences, health, well-being and cognition with three main foci: understanding the psychological and biological pathways linking stressful experiences, health, well-being and cognition; how stressful experiences influence health, well-being, and cognition in the contexts of individual development (aging), family relationships, and the work/family interface.

Afshin Zilanawala, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Afshin's research interests lie at the intersections of social demography, child development, and population health. She studies how the social and economic context of families and peer groups, as well as the race and gender of individuals, lead to health inequalities across childhood and adolescence.

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Instructors  
Julie Graves, Ph.D.
Instructor
474 Waldo Hall     541-737-2451

Anne Mannering, Ph.D.
Senior Instructor

458 Waldo Hall     541-737-1078

Lori McGraw, Ph.D., MS
Senior Instructor
HDFS Undergraduate Program Director

414 Waldo Hall     541-737-4996

Monica Olvera, Ph.D.
Instructor
319 Waldo Hall     541-737-2148

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Research and Professional Faculty    
Deana Grobe
Research Associate
416 Waldo Hall
541-737-5373
Family Policy Program
Bobbie Weber
Research Associate
231 Hallie Ford Center
541-737-9243
Family Policy Program

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Extension Faculty Research Interests
Mary Arnold
Professor
4-H Youth Development Specialist
Positive youth development in applied settings with a focus on youth programs as developmental contexts that support thriving.
Sally Bowman
Professor
Family Development Specialist
Geriatric mental health, depression, dementia, intergenerational relations and aging, welfare reform,welfare-to-work, family/school/community partnerships.
Marc Braverman
Associate Dean; Extension Outreach & Family & Community Development Program Leader
 
Debra Driscoll
Professor
New teaching methodologies and effectiveness of Extension programming in health, nutrition, parenting and financial management for Latino families in the mid-Willamette valley
Nina Roll
Instructor;
Director of Family Care Connection
 
Shauna Tominey
Assistant Professor of Practice & Parenting Education Specialist
Supporting positive social and emotional outcomes for children and families.

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Cascades Campus Faculty Research Interests
Candace Brey
Instructor; Early Childhood Development & Education Coordinator
Early childhood education, & courage to teach & courage to lead concepts (Parker Palmer).
Brianne Kothari
Assistant Professor
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
Assistant Professor
Children’s self-regulation skills that facilitate later school success, and on vulnerable populations of children, including those involved in the Child Welfare system.
Dennis Lynn
Assistant Professor; Program Lead
 
Meredith Mason
Practicum Coordinator
 

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Emeritus Faculty Research Interests
Alan Acock
Emeritus Professor
Intergenerational relations, family structure, fathering, at risk families, & quantitative methods.
Clara C. Pratt
Emeritus Professor
Families and aging, ethics and decision making in family caregiving, caregivers, bereavement, program development and evaluation.

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Adjunct Faculty Research Interest
John Edwards
Associate 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
Associate 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
Assistant 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.