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Oklahoma State University

Michael J. Merten

Mike Merten

Director, OSU Center for Family Resilience
Oklahoma State University
Human Development and Family Science
700 N. Greenwood Ave.
1111 Main Hall
Tulsa, OK 74106
Office Phone: 918-594-8318
Fax Number: 918-594-8558

Areas of Expertise

As a family scientist, Dr. Merten’s research focuses on the determinants of physical and mental health among children, adolescents, and young adults considering both family and community contexts. He has worked successfully with psychologists, sociologists, nutritional scientists, toxicologists, epidemiologists, and economists to form collaborative research teams that have yielded successful outcomes. Dr. Merten has extensive quantitative and qualitative data collection experience from racially and socioeconomically diverse families in Tulsa and throughout Oklahoma.

Population of Interest

Adolescents, young adults, and their families; individuals experiencing obesity; individuals and families experiencing disadvantage and extreme poverty


Dr. Michael Merten, Professor of Human Development and Family Science, earned his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Iowa State University. Dr. Merten is a member of the National Council on Family Relations, the Societies for Research on Child Development and Research on Adolescence, and the American Sociological Association. He serves on the Editorial or Review Boards of the Journal of Community Psychology, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, American Journal of Health Behavior, and Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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