Jim is a tenured associate professor and Extension Field Specialist of Family Wellness in the Family and Consumer Sciences program area of Ohio State University Extension in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. He holds an adjunct courtesy appointment in the Department of Human Sciences within the Human Development and Family Sciences program area in the College of Education and Human Ecology.
In 2002, he graduated from Brigham Young University in with a Bachelor’s degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development. After working for a year as a Family Service Assistant Coordinator at Mountainland Head Start in Provo, UT, he began graduate studies in the Department of Child Development and Family Studies (now Human Development and Family Studies) at Purdue University. He graduated in 2005 with a Master’s degree in Developmental Studies. His research focused on grandparents and his thesis centered on grandmothers’ expectations for their grandchild’s personality development. He also discovered that there was (and still is) very little empirical science about grandfathers and their relationships with grandchildren. So, upon graduating he transferred to Syracuse University to work with Alan Taylor on research related to grandfathers. Alan mentored him throughout his doctoral studies and their efforts to study grandfathers have culminated in a project called the Grandfather Involvement and Health Survey. He graduated from Syracuse in 2009 as a Doctor of Philosophy in Child and Family Studies.
He continues to collaborate with Alan as well as Andrew Behnke and Todd Goodsell. He taught online and face-to-face courses in family relations, family life program design, implementation, and evaluation, parenting, intergenerational relationships, and research methods and applied statistics. He also formed partnerships with community outreach organizations to evaluate programs and was invited to consult on a multi-state, multi-year project called iCook.
In September of 2012, he joined Ohio State University Extension to be a specialist in family wellness. His three program themes are Intergenerational Family Relationships, Family Resiliency, and Family Life Education Program Design, Implementation, Evaluation and Analysis. Please checkout his scholarship, projects, and programs described in other sections of this website.
Jim and his wife Emily are the parents of 5 great kids (4 girls and 1 boy). Some like sports, some like to dance, some like to swim, but they all like music. They’re all creative; they are literate and artistic in many ways. We are teaching them to become self-reliant and capable so they can excel in modern America. We enjoy board games, being outside, and reading.