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.


If you are an undergraduate student undergraduate student interested in getting involved on a research study.

If you are a parent interested in participating in a study or learning more.


Select publications of CAS faculty:

Baker, J.K., Fenning, R.M., Erath, S.A., Baucom, B.R., Moffitt, J. M., & Howland, M.A. (2017). Sympathetic
under-arousal and externalizing behavior problems in children with autism spectrum disorder.   Journal of
Abnormal Child Psychology
. doi: 10.1007/s10802-017-0332-3 Free SharedIt link to article:

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.   & Ramirez, M. (2012) Preschoolers’ fantasy-reality distinctions of emotional events.   Journal of Child Experimental Psychology, 112, 467-483.

Espinoza, G., Gonzales, N. A., & Fuligni, A. J. (2016). Parent discrimination predicts Mexican-American adolescent psychological adjustment one year later.   Child Development, 87(4), 1079-1089.

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.   (2009). Asian American women’s retrospective reports of sexual socialization.   Psychology of Women Quarterly, 33, 334-350.

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.

Pineda, C. G.   (2017) Let the right one in: Ethnic boundaries in a Colombian immigrant youth program.   International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education   (pp. 1-22).

Zarate, E., &   Pineda, C. G.   (2014). Effects of early home language and school-related language contexts on Latinos’ high school completion.   Teachers College Record, 116 (2).

Ramos, M.C.,   Miller, K.F., Moss, I. K., & Margolin, G. (2017). Perspective-taking and empathy mitigate family-of-origin risk for electronic aggression perpetration toward dating partners: A brief report.   Journal of Interpersonal Violence.Advance online publication.   doi: 10.1177/0886260517747605

Rasmussen, H.F.,   Ramos, M.C., Han, S.C., Pettit, C., & Margolin, G. (2017). How discrimination and perspective taking influence adolescents’ attitudes about justice.   Journal of Adolescence, 62,   70-81. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2017.11.005

Zepeda, M., &   Rodríguez, J.L.   (2014). Bilingual language development in early childhood: Research and policy implications for Mexican American children. In Y.M. Caldera & E. Lindsey (Eds.),   Mexican American children and families: Multidisciplinary perspectives   (pp. 122-134), New York, NY: Routledge.

Wynants, S. A., & Dennis, J. M. (2017). Embracing diversity and accessibility: A mixed methods study of the impact of an online disability awareness program.   Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 30(1), 33-48.

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.

Zeedyk, S.M., & Blacher, J. (2017). Longitudinal correlates of maternal depression amongmothers of children with or without intellectual disabilities.   American Journal on Intellectual andDevelopmental Disabilities, 122(5), 374-391. doi: 10.1352/1944-7558-122.5.374