I am an associate professor of Human Sciences and Sociology (by courtesy appointment), an active affiliate of the Institute for Population Research, and graduate studies chair of the graduate program in Human Development and Family Science.
I received my undergrad in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and my masters and Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. I have been trained across several social science disciplines. My primary mentors have been psychologist Joe Pleck at Illinois, clinical psychologist Cathy Cohan and sociologist Paul Amato at Penn State, and economist Liz Peters at Cornell.
I am a member of the Council on Contemporary Families, International Association for Relationship Research, National Council on Family Relations, and the Population Association of America. I review for journals in family studies, sociology, psychology, and demography.
Because I am an interdisciplinary relationship scientist and family demographer, I have a variety of datasets and projects I am working on. Further, my students’ research interests also dictate what I am currently working on. Overall, my main research areas include: 1) understanding romantic relationship quality and stability longitudinally, and 2) examining how romantic relationship experiences and transitions shape individual development, including both adult and child development. I also have projects examining union formation across cohorts, the deinstitutionalization of marriage, and the role of chaos in the family. Datasets that I or my students might work with to examine our research questions include:
Large, secondary datasets:
- Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study
- National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979
- National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997
- National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 Children and Young Adults
- National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health
- The Marital Instability Over the Life Course
- National Survey of Families and Households
- The New Parents Project : The New Parents Project is a study of dual-earner families in Central Ohio experiencing their initial transition to parenthood. This longitudinal study of 182 couples includes five waves. Data was collected in the form of self-report questionnaires, video-taped couple and parent-child interactions, and time-diaries. This study was funded by the National Science Foundation and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. This project is co-led by Dr. Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan and myself.
On a personal note, my husband Aaron and I have four sons and enjoy camping around Ohio, and at the National Parks, with our family.
I am an avid reader and am on Goodreads. Some of my favorite books in recent years:
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah (audio), Hunger by Roxanne Gay (audio), You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie (audio), The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald, All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, We are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler, Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter, and The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais.
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