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California State University Fullerton
Department of Child and Adolescent Studies


Professors in the CAS department conduct innovative and important research studies on infants, children, teenagers, and families. Studies focus on topics such as children’s school readiness and achievement, media influences on the development of children and teenagers, children’s play behaviors, parent-child interactions, and children with developmental delays. Research findings have been published in many scholarly journals and inform what parents read in parenting books and magazines.

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Select publications of CAS faculty:

Baker, J.K., Fenning, R.M., Howland, M.A., Baucom, B., Moffitt, J.M., & Erath, S.A. (2015). Brief Report: A pilot study of parent-child biobehavioral synchrony in autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Online ahead of print: doi 10.1007/s10803-015-2528-0

Bono, K. & Sheinberg, N. (2009). Effectiveness of early intervention for children prenatally exposed to cocaine: Moderating effects of low birth weight on behavioral outcomes. Early Child Development and Care, 179, 487-501.

Boutakidis, I. P., Chao, R. K., Rodríguez, J. L.(2011). The role of adolescents' native language fluency on quality of communication and respect for parents in Chinese and Korean immigrant families. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 2, 128-139.

Carrick, N. & Quas, J.A., & Lyon, T. (2010). Maltreated and nonmaltreated children’s evaluations of emotional fantasy and reality. Child Abuse and Neglect, 34, 129-134.

Fenning, R., Baker, B., & Juvonen, J. (2011). Emotion discourse, social cognition, and social skills in children with and without developmental delays. Child Development, 82, 717-731.

Grier, L. (2000). Identity diffusion and development among African Americans: Implications for crime and corrections. In N. Pallone Ed.), Race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, violent crime: The realities and the myths (pp. 81-94). Binghamton, NY: The Haworth Press.

Guerin, D. W., Oliver, P. H., Gottfried, A. W., Gottfried, A. E., Reichard, R. J., & Riggio, R. E. (2011). Childhood and adolescent antecedents of social skills and leadership potential in adulthood: Temperamental approach/withdrawal and extraversion. The Leadership Quarterly Special issue: Longitudinal Studies of Leadership Development, 22, 482-494.

Kim, J. L. & Ward, L. M. (2007). Silence speaks volumes: Parental sexual communication among Asian American emerging adults. Journal of Adolescent Research, 22, 3-31.

Knutson Miller, K. & Gonzalez, A. M. (2009). Service learning in domestic and international settings. College Student Journal, 43, 527-536.

Oliver, P. H., Gottfried, A. W., Guerin, D. W., Gottfried, A. E., Reichard, R. J., & Riggio, R. E. (2011). Adolescent family environmental antecedents to transformational leadership potential: A longitudinal mediational analysis. The Leadership Quarterly Special issue: Longitudinal studies of leadership development, 22, 535-54.

Rodriguez, J., Olin, S., Hoagwood, K. E., Shen, S., Burton, G., Radigan, M., & Jensen, P. S. (2011). The development and evaluation of a parent empowerment program for family peer advocates. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 20, 397-405.

Yen, S. & Ispa, J. M. (2000). Children's temperament and behavior in Montessori and constructivist early childhood programs. Early Education and Development, 11, 171-186.

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