Faculty Directory

Jennifer Aberle

Jen Aberle, PhD

Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Director, HDFS Online Degree Program
Co-Director, Undergraduate Programs

Contact Information

411 Behavioral Sciences Building
1570 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1570

Phone: 970-491-5089
Fax: 970-491-7975
E-mail: jennifer.aberle@colostate.edu

Research Interests

Currently, I am working on a textbook for grief and loss education. My research is focused on pedagogy of applied human sciences in the area of thanatology.

Education

B.A., 1997, Human Biology, Stanford University
M.S., 2003, Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy, Colorado State University
Graduate Certificate, 2006, Women’s Studies, Colorado State University
Ph.D., 2007, Education with Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University

Honors and Awards


2015 - Board of Governors Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, Nominee, Colorado State University System
2015 - Best Teacher Award Nominee, Colorado State University Alumni Association
2014 - Best Teacher Award Nominee, Colorado State University Alumni Association
2014 - Recognition for Positive Impacts, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life
2012 - Outstanding Faculty Member, Greek Life
2012 - TILT Teaching Fellow, Provost’s Course Redesign Competition, Provost, Colorado State University
2011 - Best Teacher Award Nominee, Colorado State University
2011 - CSU Milestones - 10 years of Distinguished Service and Contributions to Colorado State University, President's Office
2011 - Professor of the Month, Pi Beta Kappa Sorority
2010 - Best Teacher Award Nominee, Colorado State University Alumni Association
2010 - Favorite Faculty or Staff Member Nominee, The Department of Residence Life
2010 - Pi Beta Phi Faculty Appreciation Invite, Pi Beta Phi
2010 - Waterpik Excellence in Education Award, Waterpik Inc. & CSU Athletics Department
2009 - AIG 'M' Award for Outstanding Faculty, Academic Interest Group (AIG), Human Development & Family Studies Dept.
2008 - Best Teacher Award Nominee, Colorado State University Alumni Association
2005 - Harriet Patsy Boyer Scholarship, Women's Studies Program, Colorado State University

Current Research Projects

Current scholarly work, clinically and pedagogically, focuses in two areas: Grief and loss issues and effective way of teaching in the area of thanatology and the topics related to teaching in Higher Education.

Professional Experience

2007-present: Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies with Special Appointment, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University.

2007-present: Coordinator, HDFS Undergraduate Internship Program, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University.

2005-present: Couple and Family Therapist, Fort Collins, Colorado.

2004-2009: Research Associate, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University.

2001-2003: Research Assistant, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University.

2000-2002: Managing Editor, Journal of Feminist Family Therapy. Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University.

1997-2000: Program Manager and Research Coordinator. Alternatives for People with Autism, Minneapolis, MN.

1994-1997: Research Coordinator, Department of Psychology, Stanford University.

Selected Publications

Aberle, J. T., Biringen, Z. Altenhofen, S., Bennet, S., Meyer, B., Moorlag, A., et al. (et al., (invited, December 2007). The use of the Attachment Q-Set and Emotional Availability (EA) in child care. In Biringen, Z. & Easterbrooks, A. N. et al. (Eds., invited special mini-series on child care, December 2007). Journal of Early Childhood and Infant Psychology.

Biringen, Z., Aberle, J., Altenhofen, S., Bennet, S., Meyer, B., Moorlag, A., et al. Emotional availability (EA) coaching in child care sites for infants and toddlers. (Invited, December 2007). In Biringen, Z. & Easterbrooks, A.N. et al. (Eds., invited special mini-series on child care, December 2007). Journal of Early Childhood and Infant Psychology.

Fruhauf, C. A., & Aberle, J. T. (2007). Women caring for partners with dementia: A contextual model for assessment and supportive intervention. In K. M. Hertlein & D. Linville (Eds.), The therapist’s notebook for family healthcare: Homework, handouts, and activities for individuals, couples, and families coping with illness, loss, and disability (pp. 157-166). New York: Hayworth.

Kees, N. L., Aberle, J. T., & Fruhauf, C. A. (2007). Aging parents and end of life decisions: Helping families negotiate difficult conversations. In K. M. Hertlein & D. Linville (Eds.), The therapist’s notebook for family healthcare: Homework, handouts, and activities for individuals, couples, and families coping with illness, loss, and disability (pp. 211-216). New York: Hayworth.

Krafchick, J. L., Aberle, J., Zimmerman, T. S., Fruhauf, C. & Gross, P. (2009). Integrating multicultural education into Family and Consumer Science education. Family & Consumer Science Educators Association Annual Monograph.

Center & Committee Affiliations

2014-present: Faculty Council, Colorado State University.

2014-present: Member, Committee on Strategic and Financial Planning, CSU Faculty Council, Colorado State University.

2014-present: Member, University Strategic Planning Committee, CSU Provost’s Office, Colorado State University.

2013-present: Co-Chair, HDFS Undergraduate Programs Committee, HDFS Department, Colorado State University.

2013-present: Member, Center for the Studies of Academic Labor, Colorado State University.

2012-present: Chair, Committee on Non-Tenure-Track Faculty, CSU Faculty Council, Colorado State University.

2010-present: Co-Chair, College Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Committee, College of Health and Human Sciences, Colorado State University.

Thematic Research Areas

  • Treatment, Prevention, & Intervention Science
  • Cultural Context & Diversity