Faculty and Staff

Faculty Information

Jennifer Aberle

Jennifer Aberle
Assistant Professor
Director, HDFS Online Degree Program
Co-Director, Undergraduate Programs
B.A., 1997, Human Biology, Stanford University
M.S., 2003, Human Development and Family Studies, Specialization in Couple and Family Therapy, Colorado State University
Ph.D., 2007, Education and Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University
Areas:
Treatment, intervention, and prevention science; cultural context and diversity
Research Interests:
Grief and loss; effective way of teaching in the area of thanatology; topics related to teaching in Higher Education.
jennifer.aberle@colostate.edu

Karen Caplovitz Barrett

Karen Caplovitz Barrett
Professor
B.S., 1977, Human Development & Family Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
M.A., 1981, Developmental Psychology, University of Denver, Denver, CO
Ph.D., 1984, Developmental Psychology, University of Denver, Denver, CO
Areas:
Emotion, regulation, and relational processes; cultural context and diversity; treatment, intervention, and prevention science
Research Interests:
Emotion regulation and its influence on typical and atypical development and school readiness; early intervention to enhance socioemotional competence, school readiness, and emotional and behavioral health; social emotions such as guilt and shame and family and cultural influences on them.
karen.barrett@colostate.edu

Allison Bielak

Allison Bielak
Assistant Professor
B.A., Honors, 2002, Psychology, University of Winnipeg, Canada
M.Sc., 2004, Psychology, University of Victoria, Canada
Ph.D., 2008, Psychology, University of Victoria, Canada
Areas:
Adult development and aging; focus on methodological quality.
Research Interests:
Normal and pathological cognitive changes in adulthood; influence of lifestyle factors on cognitive aging; intraindividual variability in cognitive speed and how it relates to cognitive ability, health, and possible dementia prediction; longitudinal research methods.
Healthy Cognitive Aging Lab
allison.bielak@colostate.edu

Zeynep Biringen

Zeynep Biringen
Professor and Director of the Prevention Science Program
B.S., 1975, Psychology, State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, NY
M.A., 1977, Early Childhood, Stanford University, Stanford, California
Ph.D., 1987, Developmental Psychology, University of California, Berkeley
Clinical respecialization, 1993, Child Clinical Psychology, University of Colorado, Boulder
Areas:
Emotion, regulation, and relational processes; treatment, intervention and prevention science; cultural context and diversity.
Research Interests:
Attachment; emotional availability (EA); mindfulness; parent-child interaction therapy and EA intervention to mitigate the effects of “toxic stress” on Native American Early Head Start children and families; parental alienation; bridging research with practice/service in the community.
Zeynep.Biringen@colostate.edu

Allyson Brothers

Allyson Brothers
Assistant Professor
B.S., 2003, Psychology, Roanoke College
M.A., 2008, Applied Psychological Research, Penn State University
Ph.D., 2016, Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University
Areas:
Adult development and aging; risk and resilience; grief and loss; health promotion in adulthood; intervention and prevention science.
Research Interests:
Attitudes toward aging and their influence on health, well-being, and health behaviors; health promotion in adulthood; future time perspective; measurement development; design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions with older adults.
allyson.brothers@colostate.edu

Aga Burzynska

Agnieszka Z. Burzynska (Aga)
Assistant Professor
BSc, 2005, Biotechnology, University of Perugia, Italy
MSc, 2007, Neuroscience, International Max Planck Research School in Goettingen, Germany
PhD, 2011, Psychology, International Max Planck Research School of the Lifecourse (LIFE), Humboldt University, Berlin
Areas:
Adult development and aging; treatment, intervention, and prevention science.
Research Interests:
Age-related changes in brain structure and function; brain-behavior relationships; cognitive and neural plasticity; lifestyle interventions to improve brain health and cognitive abilities; effects of physical activity and fitness on the aging brain and mind, long-term effects of motor training on the brain (professional dancers and athletes).
The BRAiN Laboratory
aga.burzynska@colostate.edu

J. Douglas Coatsworth

J. Douglas Coatsworth
Professor and Director of the Applied Developmental Science Program
B.A., 1983, Harvard College
Ph.D., 1991, University of Minnesota
Research Interests:
Prevention Science; Family-focused interventions to promote positive parenting, effective family functioning and youth competence/resilience; Mindfulness and mindfulness-based interventions
doug.coatsworth@colostate.edu

Lisa A. Daunhauer

Lisa A. Daunhauer
Associate Professor
Lisa A. Daunhauer
B.S., 1989, Journalism, University of Florida
M.S., 1996, Occupational Therapy, Boston University
Sc.D., 2004, Rehabilitation Sciences-Therapeutic Studies, Boston University
Areas:
Child development; intellectual and developmental disabilities, executive functioning
Research Interests:
Assessment of the executive functioning profile associated with Down syndrome and other neurogenetic disorders, executive functioning as a predictor of academic achievement and engagement in everyday life; individual variability
Websites:
Developmental Disabilities Research Laboratory
lisa.daunhauer@colostate.edu

Manfred Diehl

Manfred Diehl
Professor
B.S., 1980, Psychology, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University Bonn, Germany
M.S., 1984, Psychology, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University Bonn, Germany
Ph.D., 1991, Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
Areas:
Adult development and aging; developmental research methods.
Research Interests:
Awareness of age-related change and its role in successful aging; personality development in adulthood; experience and regulation of emotion in adulthood; developmental research methods.
Websites:
Adult Development and Aging ProjecT (ADAPT)
manfred.diehl@colostate.edu

Janina E. Fariñas
Assistant Professor and Clinical Faculty
B.A., 1997, Communications & Behavioral Sciences, University of New Orleans
M.A., 2008, Psychology: Contemplative Psychotherapy, Naropa University
Ph.D., 2015, Clinical Psychology, Marriage & Family Therapy Specialization, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Areas:
Infant Mental Health, pediatric psychology, couple and family therapy, caregiver education, transdisciplinary clinical treatment and intervention, health promotion, cultural context
Research Interests:
Transdisciplinary models of integrated family care, Latina/o family studies, developmental and early life trauma, infancy somatic markers of attachment disorganization, culture-specific health-promotion models of family care.
Janina.Farinas@colostate.edu

Deborah Fidler

Deborah Fidler
Professor and Assistant Department Head
B.A., 1996, Psychology, Cornell University
M.S., 1998, Psychological Studies in Education, University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D., 2001, Psychological Studies in Education, University of California, Los Angeles
Areas:
Risk, resilience, and developmental psychopathology; treatment, intervention, abd prevention science.
Research Interests:
Intellectual and developmental disability; neurogenetic disorders; atypical development.
Websites:
Developmental Disabilities Research Laboratory
deborah.fidler@colostate.edu

Christine Fruhauf

Christine A. Fruhauf (Bubien)
Associate Professor and Director of HDFS Extension Program Coordinator of the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Minor,
B.S., 1997, Human Ecology, The Ohio State University
M.S., 2000, Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Akron
Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, 2000, University of Akron
Ph.D., 2003, Human Development, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
Areas:
Adult development & aging
Research Interests:
Family gerontology; grandparent and grandchild relationships; grandparents raising grandchildren; GLBT grandparenting; family caregiving; young adult family caregivers; impact of service learning activities on undergraduate students' learning
Websites:
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren CSU Extension
Larimer County Alliance for Grandfamilies
christine.fruhauf@colostate.edu

William J. Gavin

William J. Gavin
Associate Professor
B.S., 1973, Psychology, Moorhead State University, Moorhead, Minnesota
M.S., 1977, Experimental Psychology, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
Ph.D., 1979, Experimental Psychology, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
Areas:
Risk, resilience, and developmental psychopathology; treatment, intervention, and prevention science; focus on methodological quality.
Research Interests:
Developmental neuroscience; language and cognitive development; psycholinguistics; investigating the neurophysiological mechanisms that underlie the relationship of perception of sensory stimuli with the development of language and cognition in children with and without disabilities using electroencephalography (EEG) and event-related potentials (ERPs).
Websites:
Brainwaves Research Laboratory
william.gavin@colostate.edu

Melissa W. George
Research Scientist
B.S., 2005, Psychology, Stetson University
M.A., 2009, Developmental Psychology, University of Notre Dame
Ph.D., 2011, Developmental Psychology, University of Notre Dame
Areas:
Risk, resilience, and developmental psychopathology; treatment, intervention, and prevention science; emotion, regulation, and relational processes; focus on methodological quality.
Research Interests:
Family relationships and child/adolescent socio-emotional development; integrated health and mental health interventions for families; prevention science; school based mental health programs; translation of evidence-based programs and practices.
Websites:
melissa.george@colostate.edu

Shelley A. Haddock

Shelley A. Haddock
Associate Professor
B.A., 1990, Political Science and Women’s Studies, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
M.S., 1993, Human Development and Family Studies, Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
Ph.D., 2001, Counselor Education, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
Areas:
Treatment, intervention, and prevention science.
Research Interests:
Development and evaluation of early intervention programming for at-risk youth; innovations in the practice of youth mentoring.
Websites:
Campus Connections
shelley.haddock@colostate.edu

Ashley Harvey

Ashley Harvey
Associate Professor
B.S., 1994, Psychology, Florida State University
M.S., 1998, Human Development & Family Studies, Colorado State University
Ph.D., 2005, Child Development and Family Studies, Purdue University
Areas:
Treatment, intervention, and prevention science; cultural context and diversity.
Clinical and Teaching Interests:
Emotionally focused therapy for couples and families; adult attachment in romantic relationships; gender roles within the work-family field; grief and loss.
ashley.harvey@colostate.edu

Susan Hepburn
Professor
B.S., 1989, Pennsylvania State University
M.S., 1996, Vanderbilt University
Ph.D., 2000, Vanderbilt University, Clinical Psychology (Developmental Disabilities Emphasis)
Areas:
Autism Spectrum Disorder/Developmental Disabilities, Co-occurring disorders, Development across lifespan, Improving Access to Evidence-based practices, Implementation Science, Family Resilience
Research Interests:
Promoting resilience in families of persons with a developmental difference or disorder; Reducing the impact of co-occurring conditions through family-focused interventions;
Improving community-based practice in clinical diagnosis & educational identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder;
Investigating innovative ways to connect Developmental/Behavioral Pediatricians and other clinical specialists with primary care providers in rural areas

Websites:
Positive Adaptation to Developmental Differences Laboratory and Extension (PADDLE) Projects
susan.hepburn@colostate.edu

Christine Kemp

Christine Kemp
Assistant Professor
B.S., 2010, Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.S., 2012, Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University
Ph.D., 2015, Applied Developmental Science, Colorado State University
Areas:
Childhood trauma; resilience; family relationships.
Research Interests:
Child trauma and resilience assessments; the impact of trauma on children’s mastery, regulation, and relatedness; the utility of trauma-informed services; parent-child relationships
ck.kemp@colostate.edu

Jen Krafchick

Jen Krafchick
Assistant Professor
B.S., 1992, Psychology, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
M.S., 2003, Human Development and Family Studies, Specialization in Marriage & Family Therapy, Colorado State University
Graduate Certificate, 2004, Women’s Studies, Colorado State University
Ph.D., 2007, Interdisciplinary Studies in Education with Human Development & Family Studies, Colorado State University
Areas:
Treatment, intervention, and prevention science; cultural context and diversity; risk, resilience, and developmental psychopathology.
Research Interests:
At-risk adolescents, youth mentoring, service-learning, and social justice education.
Websites:
Campus Connections
SOUL
jen.krafchick@colostate.edu

Rachel Lucas-Thompson

Rachel G. Lucas-Thompson
Assistant Professor
B.A. 2004, Psychology and Theatre Arts, Beloit College
M.A., 2005, Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine
Ph.D., 2009, Developmental Psychology, University of California, Irvine
Areas:
Family relationships; adolescent development.
Research Interests:
How family relationship quality – particularly characteristics of the interparental relationship, like conflict – are related to patterns of adolescent development, particularly physical, mental, and physiological health; factors that explain links between relationship characteristics and health; observational assessments of relationship characteristics.
Family Relationships and Development Lab
Lucas-thompson.rachel.graham@colostate.edu

Gloria Luong

Gloria Luong
Assistant Professor
B.A., 2006, Psychology, University of California, Riverside
M.A., 2008, Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine
Ph.D., 2012, Developmental Psychology, University of California, Irvine
Areas:
Adult development and aging; emotion, regulation, and relational processes.
Research Interests:
Stress and coping across adulthood; experience and regulation of emotion in adulthood; social relationships and health processes; cultural variation in socioemotional development.
Health, Emotion, and Aging Research Team
gloria.luong@colostate.edu

Kelley Quirk
Assistant Professor
B.A., 2006, Psychology, Central Michigan University
M.A., 2010, Professional Counseling, Central Michigan University
Ph.D., 2014, Counseling Psychology, University of Louisville
Areas:
couple therapy, family therapy, LGBTQ, relationship education
Research Interests:
Relationship education with at-risk youth and couples, psychotherapy process and outcome, LGBTQ identity and experiences of resiliency and distress, danger signs of relational distress and violence
Kelley.Quirk@colostate.edu

Karen Rattenborg

Karen Rattenborg
Assistant Professor and Executive Director, Early Childhood Center
B.S., 1987, Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University
M.S., 1991, Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University
Ph.D., 2009, Education and Human Resource Studies, Colorado State University
Areas:
Early childhood Education
Research Interests:
Parent-teacher relationships; early childhood education; school readiness.
Websites:
Early Childhood Center
karen.rattenborg@colostate.edu

Nathaniel Riggs

Nathaniel Riggs
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Chair
B.S., 1996, Psychology, University of Washington
M.S., 2001, Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D., 2003, Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
Areas:
Prevention science; child and adolescent development; executive function; self-regulation; health psychology.
Research Interests:
Translating developmental neuroscience research into health intervention; school and after-school based positive youth development programs; multi-outcome health behavior intervention.
nathaniel.riggs@colostate.edu

Nathaniel Riggs

Jaime Rotner
Instructor
1999, AA, Early Childhood Education, Santa Barbara City College
2002, BS, Child Development, Chico State University
2007, MS, Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University
Areas:
Relational processes; socio-emotional development; risk and resilience; prevention and intervention science
Research Interests:
Child and adolescent socio-emotional development; contextual frameworks and ecology that influence development; parenting across the lifespan; parent education; early prevention and intervention programs for families; attachment; parent-child interaction patterns
Jaime.rotner@colostate.edu

Stephanie Seng

Stephanie Seng
Instructor and Director, Center for Family and Couple Therapy
B.S., 1987, Interpersonal Communication, Nebraska Wesleyan University
M.S., 1994, Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University
Areas:
Childhood trauma; resilience; couple and family relationships.
Research Interests:
Child trauma and resilience assessments; the impact of trauma on children’s mastery, regulation, and relatedness; the utility of trauma-informed services; parent-child relationships, couple relationships.
Websites:
Center for Family and Couple Therapy
sseng@colostate.edu

Lauren Shomaker

Lauren Shomaker
Assistant Professor
B.A., 2001, Psychology, University of Virginia
M.A., 2004, Child Clinical Psychology, University of Denver
Ph.D., 2007, Child Clinical Psychology, University of Denver
Areas:
Adolescent development and psychopathology; health and medical psychology; prevention science.
Research Interests:
Relationship of depression and stress to the development of obesity and obesity-related health problems such as type 2 diabetes; etiology and developmental course of adolescent eating behaviors that promote obesity, health problems, and/or eating disorders.
Research Websites:
Adolescent Wellness Laboratory
http://mir.nichd.nih.gov
http://ebam.nichd.nih.gov
lauren.shomaker@colostate.edu

Julie Taylor-Massey

Julie Taylor-Massey
Assistant Professor
B.A., 1993, Psychology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
M.B.A., 1996, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
M.S., 2004, Human Development and Family Studies, Specialization in Family and Developmental Studies, Colorado State University
Ph.D., 2009, Interdisciplinary Studies with Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University
Areas:
Emotion, regulation, & relational processes
Research Interests:
Implications of romantic relationships on adolescent well-being; effects of technology on relationships; grit and active learning/teaching methods as related to academic success; online pedagogy
julie-taylor@colostate.edu

Julie Taylor-Massey

Aimée Kleisner Walker
Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Graduate Programs
B.S., 1999, Education, Vanderbilt University
M.S., 2009, Human Development and Family Studies, Specialization in Family and Developmental Studies, Colorado State University
Ph.D., 2013, Applied Developmental Science (in Human Development and Family Studies), Colorado State University
Areas:
Risk, resilience & developmental psychopathology; treatment, intervention, & prevention science; cultural context & diversity
Research Interests:
Early prevention and family support programs; early childhood education, school readiness; pedagogy in applied human sciences; parenting across the lifespan; parenting education; and using advanced person- and variable-centered methodologies to inform intervention/prevention science
aimee.walker@colostate.edu

Lise M. Youngblade

Lise M. Youngblade
Professor and Department Head
B.S., 1984, Psychology, with Honors, University of Oregon
M.S., 1986, Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D., 1990, Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
Areas:
Risk, resilience, & developmental psychopathology; treatment, intervention & prevention science; emotion, regulation, & relational processes
Research Interests:
Child and adolescent socio-emotional development; access to healthcare for vulnerable youth such as children with special healthcare needs and adolescents; program evaluation; and analysis of developmental processes in applied contexts, such as those related to child abuse, homelessness, childcare and maternal employment, and healthcare
lise.youngblade@colostate.edu

Toni Zimmerman

Toni Zimmerman
Professor and Program Director of Marriage & Family Therapy Graduate Program
B.S., 1984, Psychology, Ohio University
M.A., 1985, Psychology, Radford University
Ph.D., 1991, Family and Child Development, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Areas:
Treatment, intervention, and prevention science; cultural context and diversity.
Research Interests:
Development and evaluation of the Campus Connections Program; therapeutic mentoring for at risk youth; training youth, MFT therapists, and the community towards equality and diversity awareness.
Websites:
Campus Connections
Educating for Peace
Project FAIR
RELATE
Work and Family
toni.zimmerman@colostate.edu

Emeritus Faculty

Name Email
Clifton E. Barber, PhD clifton.barber@colostate.edu
Alicia Skinner Cook, PhD alicia.cook@colostate.edu
Robert J. Fetsch, PhD robert.fetsch@colostate.edu
Janet J. Fritz, PhD janet.fritz@colostate.edu
Brooke Jacobsen, PhD
Jill Kreutzer, PhD
David MacPhee, PhD david.macphee@colostate.edu
Barbara McCornack, MA barbara.mccornack@colostate.edu
George Morgan, PhD
Kevin Oltjenbruns, PhD kevin.oltjenbruns@colostate.edu
Joseph Turner, PhD
Raymond Yang, PhD Raymond.K.Yang@ColoState.EDU