Faculty Directory

J. Douglas Coatsworth

J. Douglas Coatsworth, Ph.D.

Professor of Human Development and Family Studies

Contact Information

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

Phone: 970-491-0662
Fax: 970-491-7975
E-mail: doug.coatsworth@colostate.edu

Research Interests

Prevention Science; Family-focused interventions to promote positive parenting, effective family functioning and youth competence/resilience; Mindfulness and mindfulness-based interventions.

Education

B.A., 1983, Harvard College
Ph.D., 1991, University of Minnesota

Honors and Awards

2008 - President’s Award for Engagement with Students, The Pennsylvania State University
2006 - Health and Human Development Alumni Society Excellence in Teaching Award, College of Health and Human Development, The Pennsylvania State University
2005 - Evelyn R. Saubel Faculty Award, College of Health and Human Development, The Pennsylvania State University.
2003 - Outstanding Research Publication Award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy for the article: Coatsworth, J. D., Pantin, H., & Szapocznik, J. (2002). Familias Unidas: A family-centered ecodevelopmental intervention to reduce risk for conduct problems and substance use among Hispanic adolescents. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 5, 113-132.
2001 - Early Career Preventionist Award from the Society for Prevention Research

Current Research Projects

Efficacy Trial of a Mindfulness-enhanced Strengthening Families Program, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Principal Investigator

Professional Experience

2012 - Present Professor, The Pennsylvania State University
Department of Human Development and Family Studies
Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development

2012 - Present Visiting Professor, Colorado State University
Department of Human Development and Family Studies

2006 - 2012 Associate Professor, The Pennsylvania State University
Department of Human Development and Family Studies
Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development

2000 - 2006 Assistant Professor, The Pennsylvania State University
Department of Human Development and Family Studies

1994 – 2000 Research Assistant Professor, Center for Family Studies,
University of Miami School of Medicine

1997 – 1998 Co-Director, Prevention Research Branch, Center for Family Studies,
University of Miami School of Medicine

1994 – 1996 Assistant Director of Research, Center for Family Studies
University of Miami School of Medicine

1991 – 1994 Post Doctoral Fellow, Preventive Intervention Research Center
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Selected Publications

Coatsworth, J. D., & Sharp, E.H. (in press). Discovering positive lives and futures: Adolescent eudaimonic expression through activity involvement. To appear in A. Waterman (Ed.), The best within us: Positive Psychology perspectives on eudaimonic functioning. Washington, DC: APA Press.

Coatsworth, J. D., * Duncan, L. G., Greenberg, M. T., & Nix, R. L. (2010) Changing parents’ mindfulness, child management skills, and relationship quality with their youth: Results from a randomized pilot intervention trial. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 19, 203-217.

Coatsworth, J. D., & Conroy, D. (2009). The effects of autonomy-supportive coaching, need satisfaction and self-perceptions on initiative and identity in youth swimmers. Developmental Psychology, 45, 320-328.

Duncan, L. G., Coatsworth, J. D., & Greenberg, M. T. (2009) A model of mindful parenting: Implications for parent-child relationships and prevention research. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 12, 255-270.

Duncan, L. G., Coatsworth, J. D., & Greenberg, M. T. (2009). Pilot study to gauge acceptability of a mindfulness-based family-focused preventive intervention. Journal of Primary Prevention, 30, 605-618.

Coatsworth, J. D., & Conroy, D. E. (2006). Enhancing the self-esteem of youth swimmers through coach training: Gender and age effects. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 7, 173-192.

Coatsworth, J. D, Sharp, E. H., Palen, L., Darling, N., Cumsille, P., & Marta, E. (2005). Exploring adolescent self-defining activities and identity experiences across three countries. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 29, 361-370.

Coatsworth, J. D., Pantin, H., & Szapocznik, J. (2002). Familias Unidas: A family-centered ecodevelopmental intervention to reduce risk for conduct problems and substance use among Hispanic adolescents. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 5, 113-132.

Masten, A. S. & Coatsworth, J. D. (1998) The development of competence in favorable and unfavorable environments: Lessons from research on successful children. American Psychologist, 53, 205-220.