Shauna Tominey, Ph.D.

Shauna Tominey, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Practice & Parenting Education Specialist

Office: 541-737-1013

Hallie E. Ford Center

Hallie E. Ford Center 253

2631 SW Campus Way

2631 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331

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Academic interests: 

My research focuses broadly on supporting positive social and emotional outcomes for children and families. I have two related streams of translational research: 1) developing, implementing, and testing programs that promote self-regulation (The Kindergarten Readiness Study/Red Light, Purple Light) and emotional intelligence for children and the adults in their lives (RULER) and 2) increasing access to parenting education to provide families with the information and support they need to be the parents they want to be (Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative; OPEC).

Beyond OSU

Shauna Tominey, Ph.D is an Assistant Professor of Practice and Parenting Education Specialist at Oregon State University. She currently serves as the Principal Investigator for the Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative, an initiative to provide high-quality parenting education to families with children of all ages across the state of Oregon and in Siskiyou County, CA. As a former early childhood teacher and parenting educator, Shauna blends practical experience with research to develop programs aimed at promoting social-emotional skills for children and the adults in their lives and is co-developer of the Red Light, Purple Light self-regulation intervention. With specific interest in trauma-informed and anti-racist approaches to social and emotional learning, she is a member of the LiberatED collaborative. Dr. Tominey is the author of “Creating Compassionate Kids: Essential Conversations to Have With Young Children” and a regular contributor for PBS Parents. She holds undergraduate degrees in Music and Psychology from the University of Washington, an M.S. in Family Studies and Human Services from Kansas State University, and a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Sciences from Oregon State University.




Book Chapter

S. L. Tominey, Olsen, S. G., and Bailey, C., Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood., in The SAGE Handbook of Developmental Psychology and Early Childhood Education , Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications Ltd., 2019, pp. 115-132.

Journal Article



Journal Article

M. M. McClelland, Tominey, S. L., Schmitt, S. A., and Duncan, R., SEL Interventions in Early Childhood, The Future of Children, vol. 27, pp. 33–47, 2017.


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