Mark Eric Pettit
College of Family and Consumer Sciences
Graduate Research Assistant, Project F.R.E.E. Lead Navigator
|Degree||Field of Study||Institution||Graduation|
|Bachelors of Science||Major: Psychology; Minor: Family Studies||University of North Alabama||May 2017|
Current research includes family life education and interpersonal relationships. This focus includes evaluation of Healthy Marriage and Relationship education Program (HMRE) evaluation, romantic relationships, coparenting relationships, parent-child relationships, and contempletive practices. Future research will indlcude fatherhood and further study of HMRE programs.
|Award Name||Awarded By||Year Awarded|
|Foundation Scholarship||College of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Georgia||2019|
|Virginia Wilbanks Kilgore Scholarship||College of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Georgia||2017|
|University of North Alabama Three Minute Thesis Winner||University of North Alabama||2017|
|College of Arts and Sciences Three Minute Thesis Runner-up||University of North Alabama||2017|
|Journal of Couple & Relationship||Reviewer||2109-Present||Reviewing peer submitted manuscripts.|
|National Council on Family Relations||Reviewer||2019-2020||Reviewing conference proposals.|
|Department of Human Development and Family Science, University of Georgia||Reviewer||2019||Reviewing conference proposals.|
Ted G. Futris
Geoffrey L. Brown
Steven M. Kogan
For the past three years I have contributed to the successful implementation of a federally funded project at UGA, Project F.R.E.E, that offered healthy relationship education programs to parents engaged in child welfare services. I played an instrumental role in participant recruitment and engagement, program implementation, and program evaluation and reporting. As well, during the summer of 2020 I also contributed to the preparation of a grant proposal to renew and expand the project for an additional five years. Upon graduating from the University of Georgia, my goal is to pursue a career in outreach as an Extension Specialist at a research-intensive land-grant university like UGA. As a current PhD student in Human Development and Family Science at UGA my training has primarily focused on translate science into community-based education programming that informs best practices for serving the community.
Currently I work in the C.A.R.E. Lab as a Graduate Research Assistant. My primary roles are leading lab functions in a cluster of counties that are served by Project F.R.E.E. I also have been assisting in evaluating the program's effectiveness through fidelity coding and research projects.
I also am a Graduate Teaching Assistant within the department of Human Development and Family Sciences with Dr. Landers-Potts. I have been assiting with HDFS 2200E, 2200H, 3700, and 4330
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
Pettit, M., Paulk, A., Hunt, A., Williams, Y., & Zayac. R. (2017). Rape myth acceptance and willingness to intervene: A comparison of Greek-affiliated and non-affiliated college students by gender. International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Articles, 9, Article 3.
Articles under Review
Richardson, E.W., Pettit, M., Futris, T. G., & Gale, J. (under review). Mindfulness and couple relationship outcomes of foster caregivers.
Articles in Prepartion
Richardson, E. W., Pettit, M. E., Futris, T. G., Dean, S., & Gale, J. (in preparation). The associations between trait mindfulness, relationship efficacy, and interparental relationship quality for child welfare-involved couples: A dyadic data analysis.
Pettit, M. E., Futris, T. G., Richardson, E. W., Brown, G. L., Kogan, S. M. (in preparation). Parenting well together: Testing the indirect effects of coparenting on parenting stress through the mediation of parenting self-efficacy for at-risk couples receiving child welfare services.
Richardson, E. W., Pettit, M. E., Futris, T. G., Gale, J., Mallette, J.K. (in preparation). Mindful to change: Foster caregiver couples' mindfulness as a moderator of change following couple relationship education.
Pettit, M. E., Futris, T. G., Richardson, E. W. (in preparation). The influence of relationship education on reducing parenting stress among single parent mothers engaged in child welfare services