Melissa A. Barnett, Ph.D.
John & Doris Norton Assistant Professor in Fathers, Parenting, and Families
Dr. Barnett's research considers how particular family relationships, including father-child relationships, interact with each other and with the larger cultural and socioeconomic environment to influence parental well-being, parenting, and co-parenting behaviors, and early child social and emotional development. This work focuses on the ways in which non-maternal caregivers, especially fathers and grandmothers, influence development early in life within particular sociocultural and familial contexts. Dr. Barnett examines the factors that shape specific fathering behaviors and patterns of involvement, and how in turn those behaviors and patterns are linked to child well-being.
Melissa Curran, Ph.D. Assitant Professor in Family Studies and Human Development Dr. Curran's research has been guided by attachment and interdependence theory, as well as from other relevant theories and lenses (e.g., symbolic interactionism, family systems, commitment, feminism, queer theory). Dr. Curran studies relational sacrifices and relationship quality (e.g., commitment, satisfaction), as well as beliefs about relationships and marriage. In much of her research Dr. Curran takes a dyadic approach (e.g,, Actor-Partner Interdependence Models). Dr. Curran is especially interested in understanding romantic relationships using daily diary data given the statistical advantages of daily diary data (e.g., fixed effects, within-person variability, and lagged effects of relationship quality constructs such as satisfaction and commitment).
Richard Wahl, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Adolescent Medicine
Arizona Health Sciences Center
Dr. Wahl coordinates the Adolescent Medicine teaching program for the Department of Pediatrics and the College of Medicine. His current research interests include treatment options for eating disorders, adolescent substance abuse, juvenile detention healthcare, and the impact of adolescent spirituality on adolescent health and development. He is interested in exploring the evolutionary developmental origins of adolescent high risk behaviors.
Aurelio Jose Figueredo, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Professor of Family Studies and Human Development
Director of Ethology and Evolutionary Psychology
Taking a developmental evolutionary framework, Dr. Figueredo, Tommy De Baca and other international colleagues are focusing on coparenting, total parental effort between mothers and fathers, and the emotional climate of the household and how these factors may impact children as adults in US, Costa Rican and Mexican samples. Another aim in the research is to focus on particular cultural factors that may impact the pattern of parenting between mothers and fathers.
Alice Schlegel, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita of Anthropology
Dr. Schlegel is a Professor Emerita of Anthropology. Her work on adolescence began when she was doing field research on kinship and gender relations on the Hopi Indian Reservation. After publishing Adolescence: An Anthropological Inquiry (1991) with Herbert Barry, she researched adolescent blue-collar industrial apprentices in Germany and adolescent participation in civic organizations in Italy. She continues to further analyze the cross-cultural data first reported in 1991 and to publish on topics related to adolescence across cultures. She is a founding member of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Netzin G. Steklis, M.A.
Adjunct Research Specialist
H. Dieter Steklis, Ph.D.
Cognition and Neural Systems