Faculty and Staff

Faculty Information

Jennifer Aberle

Jennifer Aberle
Associate 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; social emotions such as guilt and shame; family and cultural influences on emotions.
karen.barrett@colostate.edu

Allison Bielak

Allison Bielak
Associate 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:
Healthy and pathological age-related changes in cognition; impact of modifiable factors on individual differences in cognitive aging; intra individual variability in cognitive performance in older adulthood, and how this relates to cognition, health, and potential disease prediction; longitudinal studies and analyses.
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:
Assessment of emotional availability (EA) and attachment, EA/secure attachment interventions for parents and non-parental caregivers, children's experiences with non-parental caregivers, the effects of divorce.
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:
Structure-function relationships in the aging brain; Magnetic Resonance Imaging; effects of cardiorespiratory fitness, physical and cognitive activity on brain health; neural plasticity; application of machine learning to predicting intervention outcomes.
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:
The development of executive functioning and its contribution to developmental outcomes—particularly participation in everyday activities and academic achievement-- in children with intellectual and developmental disabilities; assessing child function in everyday contexts, intervention.
Websites:
Developmental Disabilities Research Laboratory
lisa.daunhauer@colostate.edu

Manfred Diehl

Manfred Diehl
University Distinguished 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 for successful aging; self-concept 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. Farinas

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 disabilities; early atypical development; neurogenetic disorders (specifically Down syndrome); early intervention; families of children with developmental disabilities.
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:
Grandparent-grandchild relationships; family caregiving for older adults; quality of nursing home care; life satisfaction in later life; impact of service-learning projects on students’ level of comfort working with older adults.
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:
Investigating neurophysiological mechanisms that underlie the relationship of perception of 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 George

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
AAMFT Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor
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:
At-risk adolescents; gender and power dynamics in couples and families; LGBT individuals, couples, and families; internal family systems theory and therapy.
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:
Assessment and treatment of autism in children and adolescents.
Websites:
Positive Adaptation to Developmental Differences Laboratory and Extension (PADDLE) Projects
susan.hepburn@colostate.edu

Jojo Huemmler
Clinical Faculty, Child Trauma and Resilience Assessment Center (CTRAC)
B.S., 2012, Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University
B.S., 2012, Family and Consumer Sciences, Colorado State University
M.S., 2015, Human Development and Family Studies with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, Colorado State University
Areas:
Childhood trauma and resilience; marriage and family therapy; family systems; child and adolescent development
Research Interests:
Child trauma and resilience; the impact of trauma on children’s mastery, regulation, and relatedness; the utility of trauma-informed services; family relationships; equality and diversity awareness; at-risk adolescents; prevention science; experiential play, and emotion-focused therapy
Websites:
Child Trauma and Resilience Assessment Center
jojo.huemmler@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
Associate 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:
Family relationships and interactions; marital conflict; child and adolescent stress responding and mental health; stress physiology; adolescence; maternal employment and children’s development; gender differences.
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:
Experience and regulation of emotion across adulthood; interplay between social relationships, emotion, and health; stress and coping; culture and development.
Health, Emotion, and Aging Research Team
gloria.luong@colostate.edu

Kelley Quirk

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:
Romantic relationship functioning, couple therapy process and outcome, relationship education for adult couples, at risk youth, and LGBTQ individuals, wilderness therapy for young adult cancer survivors and caregivers.
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:
Prevention science; child and adolescent social emotional development; executive function; self-regulation; health psychology.
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:
Adolescent depression and stress as they relate to obesity and obesity-related health problems; etiology and developmental course of adolescent eating behaviors that promote obesity, health problems, and/or eating disorders.
Research Websites:
Adolescent Wellness Laboratory
lauren.shomaker@colostate.edu

Julie Taylor-Massey

Julie Taylor-Massey
Senior Teaching 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

Julie Taylor-Massey

Shawn Whitney
Instructor and Assistant Director, Center for Family and Couple Therapy
B.S., 2000, Sociology, Westmont College
M.S., 2003, Marriage and Family Therapy, Seattle Pacific University
Areas:
Ethics; sexuality; couple and family relationships.
Research Interests:
Integration of spirituality and sexuality; the impact of betrayal on couple relationships; effective systems-oriented clinical supervision.
Websites:
Center for Family and Couple Therapy
shawn.whitney@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 health; development in context; health-care access for vulnerable youth and families; program evaluation; adolescent risk taking behavior.
lise.youngblade@colostate.edu

Toni Zimmerman

Toni Zimmerman
Professor and Program Director of Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Program
AAMFT Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor
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:
Teaching youth to resist stereotypes of gender, race, & class; balancing work & family; analysis of cultural messages that promote or resist stereotypes.
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