About Me


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.

Claire presenting at the Theory Construction and Research Methodology preconference to the National Council on Family Relations 2015

Claire presenting at the Theory Construction and Research Methodology preconference to the National Council on Family Relations 2015

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.

Since being at Ohio State, my primary collaborators have been developmental psychologist Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan, clinical psychologist Galena Rhoades, and sociologist Miles Taylor.

I am a member of the Council on Contemporary FamiliesInternational Association for Relationship ResearchNational Council on Family Relations, and the Population Association of America. I review for journals in family studies, sociology, psychology, and demography.


Current projects/datasets

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:

  1. Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study
  2. National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979
  3. National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997
  4. National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 Children and Young Adults
  5. National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health
  6. The Marital Instability Over the Life Course
  7. National Survey of Families and Households

Primary dataset:

  1. 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.


Claire with her sons Toby and Leo on her graduation day, August 2005

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

A Little Life by Hanja Yanagihara, Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield,

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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.

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman, The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion , Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple, and The Roundhouse by Louise Erdich.

Find me on the web:

Twitter: @ClaireKampDush

Blog: Adventures in Human Development and Family Science: Stories and advice from the trenches of conducting interdisciplinary research

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