I conduct applied research to evaluate the effectiveness and short- and long-term impact of outreach programs on early brain development, healthy eating and physical activity for young children, appropriate use of technology in early childhood education, and other topics.
Latino/a family dynamics, the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality among Latinos, narrative family therapy, and feminist informed therapy and research
Dr. Bower's research focuses on the effectiveness and impact of a variety of community-based educational outreach initiatives. In particular, these include parenting education, adolescent development, gerontology, and childhood injury prevention.
My research focuses on those family and school processes that are linked with academic and psychosocial competence among children and adolescents. The contributions of parent-child relationships, sibling relationships, and classroom experiences during elementary and junior high school are of particular interest.
I study social and emotional development in infancy and early childhood. My research has focused on the ways in which family relationships may mutually influence one another, and the contributions of family functioning to children's early development. I have a particular interest in fathering, and much of my research has explored the development of the early father-child relationship. Past work has examined the correlates of father involvement, paternal sensitivity, and father-child attachment security. Relatedly, I have also explored aspects of triadic (mother, father, and child) family interactions as important contexts for adaptive family functioning and child development. I am also interested in the role that family relationships play in the development of young children’s self-concepts. My current research is examining father-child relationships, emotion socialization, and children’s representations of attachment figures in diverse populations, with a particular focus on African American families in resource-poor, rural communities. It is my hope that this work will continue to make important contributions to our understanding of the family system as a crucial context for the social and emotional development of young children from a variety of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
I am currently examining the marital relationships of newlywed African American couples. The primary goal of this longitudinal research is to examine the effect of social, familial, economic, occupational, and psychological factors on marital and health outcomes, as couples transition through the newlywed phase of their relationships. Given that relatively little is known about (a) the marital relationships of African Americans, (b) the impact of distinct stressors experienced by African Americans, and (c) the interrelationship between health and marriage among African Americans, it is important to conduct a within-group study in order to carefully examine these issues.
Dr. Caughy’s research combines the unique perspectives of developmental science, epidemiology, and public health in studying the contexts of risk and resilience affecting young children. She is particularly interested in race/ethnic disparities in health and development and how these disparities can be understood within the unique ecological niches of ethnic minority families. Dr. Caughy has been the principal investigator of several studies focused on how inequities in family and community processes affect the cognitive development, socioemotional functioning, and early academic achievement of young children in diverse race/ethnic groups. Another theme of her research has been methodological, specifically methods related to measuring neighborhood context and the utilization of these measures in models explaining child developmental competence using multilevel and structural equations modeling methods.
I research couple and coparenting relationships across various contexts in order to inform the development of educational programs and resources that promote healthy and stable families. As well, I evaluate the efficacy of family life programs in order to better understand educational practices that lead to healthy couple and family relationships.
PI on a project developing and testing a treatment protocol for an interdisciplinary approach to financial and relational stress. Also doing research on attachment of families with adopted children; meditation and family therapy, and premarital counseling and HIV-AIDS in Black Churches.
Dr. George's research has focused on the influence of gender role attitudes on the romantic relationships and future aspirations of rural youth.
My research encompasses the clinical aspects of my role in the department as well as my role as a faculty member: the practice and supervision of couple and family therapy as well as the scholarship of teaching and learning (pedagogy).
My research has focused on the relationships established between families and teachers/homes and schools by co-creating a dialogic bridge.
Dr. Kogan's areas of research include African American men's sexual health and substance use in emerging adulthood and evaluating family-centered alcohol prevention programs for rural African American youth. His research includes conducting randomized prevention trials and logntiduinal studies of development.
I research pedagogy through a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) lens. This allows me to implement pedagogical strategies and systematically explore their effectiveness. Past research in this area includes peer review on research papers. I am actively researching the use of alternative texts (novels) in Human Sexuality across the Lifespan. I am interested in also exploring the impact of internships on students and am currently developing an interdisciplinary project around this topic. In the past, I explored family and community involvement through school gardens, looking at funds of knowledge and environmental literacy.
Dr. Landers-Potts is interested in how socioeconomic status and overall access to tangible resources and social capital influences the success of children as they grow--particularly as it relates to their educational outcomes.
My research examines influences of culture and cultural dissonance on marginalized populations with a particular focus on elderly individuals and their families. As a qualtiative methodologist, I employ methods grounded in anthropology, gerontology, and family science. I maintain a global focus by examining intergenerational relationships of families in the US, Cambodia, and other regions of Asia and Southeast Asia. Multiple graduate and undergraduate students engage in research on aging and sexuality, end of life caregiving, generativity among LGBT families, the role of transmigration on family relations, resilience and well-being, and household production of health. More information can be found on the web page of my research lab: LIFE Lab http://www.fcs.uga.edu/hdfs/research-life-lab
Dr. Mancini researches the intersections of resilience and vulnerabilities within family and community contexts. Active research projects included quantitative studies on adolescents in military families, as well as whole-famiily research, also focused on military families. Dr. Mancini's theorizing focuses on families within the context of communities.
Broadly, Dr. O'Neal's research emphasizes the use of advanced statistical methods to examine change over time for families’ and individuals’ relational, physical, and mental health. A large portion of her research focuses on the contexts surrounding military families. Dr. O’Neal’s military research focuses on evaluating psychological well-being among military family members, particularly exploring relational and contextual effects, such as community connections, family functioning, and deployment and reintegration experiences. Her work examines protective factors that support military families, such as formal programming and informal networks of support. Recent publications can be found in American Journal of Community Psychology, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Journal of Family Psychology, Military Medicine, Family Relations, and Child & Family Studies.
I am interested in youth positive well-being and resilience. In my program of research I focus on understanding the development of youth well-being and risk using multi-level research (e.g., parenting, neuroeconomics, behavioral and neurobiological processes). Specifically, my laboratory team and I aim to conduct research that elucidates the mechanisms that underlie the link between early life stress in childhood (e.g., child maltreatment, poverty, cultural stress) and adolescent behavioral risk (e.g. substance use and sexual risk behaviors) and resilience. I hope that knowledge generated by my research would inform intervention and prevention programs, as well as promote resilience among children and adolescents at risk.
Theory and level of analyses:
Developmental Neuroscience, Evolutionary-Developmental
Perspective, Developmental Psychobiology
I also direct the Youth Development Institute (YDI); On Twitter: @YDIatUGA
My scholarly interests are in the field of marriage and family therapy, specifically critical couple, family. and societal programs including family health, immigration, family diversity, and trauma. My research is broadly focused on culturally responsive therapeutic intervention processes and outcomes (US, International: Cambodia, Southeast Asia), with particular interests in immigrant and marginalized families who have experienced poverty, trauma, and discrimination. I am guided by Social Justice and Feminist Family Therapy lenses, especially focusing on the intersections between Gender, Aging, Spirituality, and Ethnicity. My current work explores the implementation of Western-based therapy models in Southeast Asia, specifically EMDR, Solution-Focused, and Narrative Therapies. I am also interested in therapy models that emerge within indigenous cultures, and how these may be responsively integrated with Western models.
My work builds upon a cultural-ecological framework to understand the ways in which family, school, and community factors influence child and youth development. I am particularly interested in family and care-giving approaches that foster youth agency, collective efficacy, and positive identity. I explore the complex interactions of race-ethnicity, social class, and geography. Given increasing demands on families for work-life balance, my most current research uses mixed-methods (observation, surveys, focus groups) to examine the role of community-based afterschool settings in terms of supporting children and families through the prevention of problem behavior and the promotion of positive youth development.
I direct The Family and Community Resilience Lab.
Dr. Spencer is interested in the emotional well-being of children in hospital settings and how to support children through death, dying, and bereavement. She is currently devleoping research on family satisfaction with child life services in Regional medical centers.
i. Social determinants of health and health inequality across the life course. ii. Racial/ethnical inequalities in mental and physical health of children and adults. iii. International development and health iv. Application of advanced statistical methods to social epidemiology