Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Ph.D. 2003 University of Wisconsin Madison
Room 1127 Social Sciences
Family and Life Course; Adolescent and Young Adult Development; Research Methods.
“Adolescent Sexual Activity and Well-Being.” This project examines the effects of early sexual activity on a number of domains of adolescent life. A current study examines the role of friend and school norms in shaping the effects of sex on mental health, academic outcomes, and risk behaviors.
“Families and Variation in Well-Being.” This project investigates the ways that differences within families manifest in child and parent well-being. One study finds the well-being of children from high conflict continuously married parent families is similar to those from single-parent families. Other studies examine the links between family dinners and well-being, parenting and subjective well-being, and children’s activities across the early life course.
"Assessing Causality and Persistence in Associations between Family Dinners and Adolescent Well-Being,” with Kelly Musick. 2012. Journal of Marriage and Family. 74(June 2012): 476-493.“Are Both Parents Always Better Than One? Parental Conflict and Young Adult Well-being,” with Kelly Musick. 2010. Social Science Research 39(5): 814-830.
“Young Adult Relationship Values at the Intersection of Gender and Sexuality,” with Kathleen Hull and Timothy Ortyl. 2009. Journal of Marriage and Family 71(3):510-525.
“Romantic Relationships from Adolescence to Adulthood: Evidence from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health,” with Gina Allen. 2009. The Sociological Quarterly 50:308-335.
“Adolescent First Sex and Subsequent Mental Health.” 2007. American Journal of Sociology 112(6):1811-1847.
“Adolescents' Transition to First Intercourse, Religiosity and Attitudes about Sex.” 2003. Social Forces 81(3):1031-1052.