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 e-mail faculty please go to their college profile pages, linked from their names.)

Tenured/Tenure Track Faculty Contact info Research Interest

Carolyn Aldwin
Jo Anne Leonard Endowed Director, Center for Healthy Aging Research

Waldo 424

The effects of psychosocial factors on health, especially in older adults. Other areas include how people cope with stress, the long-term effects of trauma, the interface between physical & Mental health, & the factors that promote optimal aging.

Kelly Chandler
Assistant Professor
418 Waldo Hall
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
Assistant Professor
470 Waldo Hall
Development of self-regulation across the life span, positive youth development, parenting education, cross-cultural comparisons, quantitative methodology
Bridget Hatfield
Assistant Professor
420 Waldo Hall
Physiological and biological indicators of stress and emotion regulation in early childhood; influences of classroom quality, and the teacher-child relationship.

Karen Hooker
Head of School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences

406 Waldo Hall

Self processes over the adult lifespan, personality and health, family care giving in later life, goals, affect, and cognitive representations of self, developmental methodology.

Brianne Kothari
Assistant Professor
Cascades Campus
Graduate & Research Center 114
650 SW Columbia Street
Bend, OR 97701
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
Associate Professor

Cascades Campus
Graduate & Research Center 113
650 SW Columbia Street
Bend, OR 97702

Obesity prevention in children, enhancing parenting, and social competence in toddlers.

Katherine (Kate) MacTavish
Associate Professor

Waldo 454

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
Katherine E. Smith Endowed Professor for Healthy Children and Families

Hallie Ford Center 245

Early social & cognitive development. Current research focuses on the developmental pathways through self-regulation & social competence.

Carolyn Mendez-Luck
Assistant Professor
463 Waldo Hall
Community-based participatory research methods, family caregiving of Latino elders and aging-related health disparities in this population.
David Rothwell
Assistant Professor
462 Waldo Hall
Poverty measurement; child poverty, rural poverty; family stress, family relations, family policy; cross-national research.

Richard (Rick) Settersten, Jr.
Endowed Director, Hallie E Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families

Hallie Ford Center 125

The life course; social policy; transition to adulthood; age & aging; fatherhood; civic engagement.

Robert Stawski
Associate Professor
453 Waldo Hall
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.
Julie Graves Instructor 474 Waldo Hall     541-737-2451

Anne Mannering Senior Instructor

458 Waldo Hall     541-737-1078

Lori McGraw Senior Instructor

414 Waldo Hall     541-737-4996

Monica Olvera Instructor 319 Waldo Hall     541-737-2148
Research and Professional Faculty    
Deana Grobe
Research Associate
416 Waldo Hall
Family Policy Program
Bobbie Weber
Research Associate
231 Hallie Ford Center
Family Policy Program
Extension Faculty Research Interests
Mary Arnold
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
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
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
Director of Family Care Connection
Shauna Tominey
Assistant Professor of Practice & Parenting Education Specialist
Supporting positive social and emotional outcomes for children and families.
Cascades Campus Faculty Research Interests
View the full HDFS directory at the Oregon State Cascades campus site.
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
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.
Adjunct Faculty Research Interest
The Human Development & Family Sciences department consists of many non-regular faculty who assist our program in many ways.
Current adjunct faculty members:
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.
Brian Flay
Public Health
Oregon State University
Health promotion and disease prevention research; prevention research methods and theory; prevention research training.
Sally Gallagher
School of Public Policy
Oregon State University
Work and family, gender, sociology of religion, international development.
Kathy Gunter
Assistant Professor
Extension Family & Community Health;
Exercise & Sport Science
Examining the effects of a physically active lifestyle on the prevention & management of chronic disease.
Janet Lee
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
School of Public Policy
Oregon State University
Gender and families, particularly related to public policy issues.