Faculty and Staff

Human Development and Family Sciences

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

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


Signature research areas:
Families in Sociocultural Contexts
Policies and Applications of Developmental and Family Science


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.

John Geldhof, Ph.D.
Associate Professor


Signature research areas:
Resilience and Health Across the Life Span
Transitions Across the Life Course


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
Jo Anne Leonard Petersen Endowed Chair in Gerontology and Family Studies

Currently accepting graduate students.

Signature research areas:
Resilience and Health Across the Life Span
Transitions Across the Life Course


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.

Signature research areas:
Resilience and Health Across the Life Span
Policies and Applications of Developmental and Family Science


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

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

Currently accepting graduate students.

Signature research areas:
Transitions Across the Life Course
Resilience and Health Across the Life Span


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.

Carolyn Mendez-Luck, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Currently accepting graduate students.

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.
Associate Professor

Currently accepting graduate students.

Signature research areas:
Policies and Applications of Developmental and Family Science
Families in Sociocultural Contexts


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.

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
HDFS Graduate Program Director

Currently accepting graduate students.

Signature research areas:
Resilience and Health Across the Life Span
Transitions Across the Life Course


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)

Afshin Zilanawala, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Currently accepting graduate students (as co-advisor).

Signature research areas:
Families in Sociocultural Contexts
Policies and Applications of Developmental and Family Science


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    
Bobbie Weber
Research Associate
231 Hallie Ford Center
541-737-9243
Family Policy Program

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Extension Faculty Research Interests
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.
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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Cascades Campus Faculty Research Interests
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
 

  View the full HDFS directory at the Oregon State Cascades campus site.

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Emeritus Faculty Research Interests
Alan Acock
Professor Emeritus
Intergenerational relations, family structure, fathering, at risk families, & quantitative methods.
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.

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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.