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Dr. Brooke M. Tuttle

Director, Center for Family Resilience
Human Development & Family Science

Dr. Amanda Harrist

Professor, Bryan Close Chair in Early Childhood Development
Human Development & Family Science

Dr. Ginger Welch

Clinical Associate Professor
Human Development & Family Science


Hannah James-Alsabrook, MS

Program Manager

Hannah is involved in all prevention projects and initiatives within the CFR. Research interests: ACEs, community engagement, and social determinants of health.

Carly Dunn, MPH

Graduate Research Associate

Carly is a HDFS PhD student. Her research interests center: adolescent behavioral health; family-centered prevention interventions; and rural health inequities.

Haley Hall, MS, RD/LD

Graduate Research Associate

Haley is a pediatric dietitian and an HDFS doctoral candidate. Her research centers on childhood adversity’s influence on health and food behaviors.

Caitlin Hendrex, LMSW

Project Coordinator

Caitlin values multi-disciplinary focus on health. Research interests: child brain development, trauma processing, and collaborative approaches to healthcare.

Chantelle Lott, MS

Community Engagement

Chantelle Lott's work is focused on ensuring children have the tools and resources they need to overcome their traumatic experiences.

Hilary Jespersen, BS

Prevention Coach

Hilary Jespersen is a prevention coach with the CFR. She has experience as a school educator, and her passion is to help strengthen students and families.

Caleb Burns

Program Support Specialist

Caleb Burns is a secondary education major at OSU, who is passionate about teaching and helping others. 

Research Associates

  • Alex Bishop
    Areas of Expertise: Subjective well-being, religiosity/spirituality, aging-in-place, gerotechnology
    Populations of Interest: Centenarians, aging prisoners, rural older adults, older care recipients, retired religious clergy
  • Jason Beaman
    Areas of Expertise: Family murder, specifically parents who kill their children; Arson and Psychosis.
  • Jennifer Becnel
    Areas of Expertise: Physical and mental health, technology use, substance use, sexual behavior
    Populations of Interest: Adolescents, young adults, rural youth
  • Matthew W. Brosi
    Areas of Expertise: Intimate partner violence, couple and family relationships, influence of values and beliefs on decision-making and interpersonal dynamics)
  • Greg Clare
    Areas of Expertise: Food Recall Consumer Response, Food Recall Message Design, Nutrition Label Design, Consumer Response to Nutrition Label Information to Improve Health, Older Consumer Behavior, Circadian Rhythms, Lighting Design and Facility Interventions to Enhance Caregiver/Client Wellbeing, Food Packaging and Lighting Design
  • Lucia Ciciolla
    Areas of Expertise: Maternal mental health; Infant mental health; Parenting; Clinical intervention; Longitudinal methodology
  • Ronald B. Cox, Jr.
    Areas of Expertise: Co-parenting and stepfamily dynamics, adolescent high-risk behavior, parenting, Latino families
  • Michael M. Criss
    Areas of Expertise: Parenting, peer relationships, developmental change in parent-child relationship, developmental psychopathology, emotion regulation, adolescent development)
  • Julie Croff
    Areas of Expertise: Alcohol & other drug use; Health behavior; Person-environment interaction; Underserved populations
  • Catherine Curtis
    Areas of Expertise: Employee motivation and positive and negative deviance within hospitality organizations
  • Colony Fugate
    Areas of Expertise: Pediatrics, pediatric obesity, pediatric chronic disease, children with developmental disabilities, inter-disciplinary collaboration
  • Kami L. Gallus
    Areas of Expertise: Effects of trauma on women's mental health and childbearing issues, systemic dynamics of trauma and resilience)
  • Zachary Giano
    Areas of Expertise: Risk-taking behavior, Resilience mechanisms, Educational attainment, Mental health outcomes
  • Joseph G. Grzywacz
    Areas of Expertise: Work and Family; Health Disparities; Health Behavior; Work Organization and Health; Immigrant Latino Health)
  • Tonya Hammer
    Areas of Expertise: Body image and eating disorders, humiliation and language particularly with regard to marginalized populations, mentoring and relational cultural theory.
  • Amanda W. Harrist
    Areas of Expertise: Parent-child and peer relations in development of child social competence; Psychosocial contexts of child obesity)
  • Paulette Hebert
    Areas of Expertise: Lighting Design, Facility Design and Management, Sustainable Design
  • Carolyn S. Henry
    Areas of Expertise: Families and adolescents with a focus on contexts (neighborhoods, family systems, parent-adolescent dyads) and adolescent adaptation (social, emotional, educational, risk & resilience). Interests include selected diversity issues (family structure, race/ethnicity)
  • Randy Hubach
    Areas of Expertise: HIV/AIDS, sexual health, rural health, men who have sex with men, health disparities, LGBT population health
  • Aditya Jayadas
    Areas of Expertise: Older individuals, addressing the needs of patients and caregivers from rural areas and low-back pain in police officers
  • Jennifer Jones
    Areas of Expertise: Services and supports (e.g., employment, residential) for individuals with intellectual disability and their family members; Social and community inclusion for individuals with intellectual disability across the lifespan (e.g., education, work place, recreation/leisure)
  • Douglas Knutson
    Areas of Expertise: Health and resiliency among transgender, lesbian, bisexual and gay identified populations
  • Julie Koch
    Areas of Expertise: Counselor training, prevention, school counseling, social justice, and multicultural (sexual orientation, gender/trans, race/ethnicity and immigrant) counseling
  • Robert E. (Bob) Larzelere
    Areas of Expertise: Improving practical research methods in general and parental discipline
  • Sumit Mandal
    Areas of Expertise: Textile and apparel science, textile engineering and technology, protective textiles and clothing, thermal protective clothing
  • Valerie McGaha
    Areas of Expertise: Depression and Suicide, Academic Achievement, Mandated Populations and Incarceration, Social Justice and Racial Reconciliation
  • Kerry Morgan
    Areas of Expertise: Physical activity specialist for Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences’ Family Health and Nutrition Clinic, which is a multidisciplinary, comprehensive clinic for treating overweight and obese children
  • M. Rachel Schmitz
    Areas of Expertise: Nuanced aspects of intersecting social inequalities within the realms of gender, sexuality, social class, and family
  • Amanda Sheffield Morris
    Areas of Expertise: The socialization of emotion regulation, parenting in high risk settings, the role of emotion in the development of psychopathology
  • Karina M. Shreffler
    Areas of Expertise: Work and family conflict, teen/unplanned pregnancy, infertility and reproductive health, demography
  • Mike Stout
    Areas of Expertise: family and community policy, program evaluation, economic forecasting, community asset mapping, community and civic engagement
  • Ginger Welch
    Areas of Expertise: Child maltreatment and child neglect fatalities; psychosocial aspects of Sickle Cell Disease; developmental issues related to premature birth; assessment; trauma/PTSD
  • Amanda Williams
    Areas of Expertise: Psychosocial and physical health, cumulative risks and life course resilience, social media technology, program evaluation
  • Stephan M. Wilson
    Areas of Expertise: Adolescent social competence across cultures, family and other influences on youth connectedness/separateness, required adult social skills, self-esteem, and achievement, family social capital influences on developmental and status attainment outcomes
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