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:


Atagi, N., & Sandhofer, C. M. (2020). Early language environments predict aspects of explicit language awareness development. Language Learning, 70(2), 464-505.


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.


Burkhart, M. L., Horn Mallers, M., & Bono, K. E. (2017). Daily reports of stress, mood, and physical health in middle childhood. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26, 1345-1355.


Boutakidis, I. & Rodriguez, J. L. (2019) Academic motivation and engagement across three generations of Latino/a junior high school students. Journal of Latinos and Education.


Carrick, N., & Richmond, R. (2019). What storytelling tells us about fantasy: Parent-child stories about emotionally-charged real and fantastic events. Early Child Development and Care. https://doi-org.lib


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. M., Butter, E. M., Macklin, E. A., Norris, M., Hammersmith, K. J., McKinnon-Bermingham, K., Chan, J., Stephenson, K. G.,* Albright, C., Scherr, J., Moffitt, J.,* Lu, F., Spaulding, R., Guijon, J., Hess, A., Coury, D. L., Kuhlthau, K. A., & Steinberg-Epstein, R. (In press). Parent training for dental care in underserved children with autism: An RCT. Pediatrics. 


Greenfader, C. M. (2019). What is the role of executive function in the school readiness of Latino students? Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 49, 93-108.


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.


Kim, J. L., Schooler, D., Lazaro, S. K., & Weiss, J. (2018). Brief report: Watching reality TV programs with concurrent sexual and alcohol themes is associated with risky drinking and sexual experiences. Emerging Adulthood, 1-7.


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


Lin, J. (2020). The conditions that promote or discourage physical punishment as described by Taiwanese and Taiwanese-American mothers. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 51(3-4), 222-240.


Martinez, M. I., & Díaz, G. (2021). Building an Effective Early Childhood Workforce: The Need for Professional Development for Educators of Dual Language Learners [Policy Brief]. Sobrato Early Academic Language.  


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, 30, 599-620.


Ramos, M.C., Arbel, R. Timmons, A.C.., Rodriguez, A.J., & Margolin, G. (2021). Observed parent-adolescent coalitions and family hostilities during family discussions: Associations with marital aggression. Family Process, 00, 1-19.


Chen, X., Saafir, A., & Graham, S. (2020). Ethnicity, Peers, and Academic Achievement: Who Wants to be Friends with the Smart Kids? Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 1-13.


Yen, S. C., & Carrick, N. (2021). Sticking together: The impact of a collaborative intensive service-learning program on college students’ academic outcomes. Journal of Service-Learning in Higher Education, 12(1). 


Zeedyk, S. M., Bolourian, Y., & Blacher, J. (2019). University life with ASD: Faculty knowledge and student needs. Autism, 23, 726-736.