I am an applied developmental scientist whose areas of specialization include 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.
I have worked on several state-wide research projects related to children and adolescents with special health care needs, and children and adolescents’ access to and utilization of health care. I was the Principal Investigator (PI) of two four-year demonstration and evaluation projects related to developing medical homes for uninsured children in rural, migrant and ethnically diverse families in Florida, and PI of a four-year project funded by the Administration for Children and Families that aimed to improve healthcare literacy for Head Start families in Colorado and better connect Head Start and healthcare services under the model of Medical Home.
I am currently collaborating with the Campus Connections team in studying outcomes of this therapeutic mentoring program. A specific focus of my work right now is related to youth decision making about risk taking behavior. This builds on a long-term interest in the contextual predictors of adolescent risk-taking and health-promoting behavior; and interest in the interrelationships between mood, perceptions of risk, and risk behavior. I am also collaborating with colleagues in Health and Exercise Science and HDFS on research related to performance of Green Beret special operators in 10th Group Special Forces at Fort Carson from the lens of Preservation of the Force and Family (POTFF). Finally, I am working with colleagues from the Child Trauma and Resilience Assessment Center in HDFS in partnership with the Larimer County Department of Human Services on a federally funded study to test a trauma assessment protocol.
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
Post-doctoral fellowship, 1992-1993, Psychology Dept., SUNY-Albany; Albany Challenging Behavior Project
Honors and Awards
2008-2014 Advisory Board, Larimer County Healthy Communities Coalition, Poudre Valley
Health Systems, Fort Collins, CO. (President of Board, 2009-2010)
2008-2014 Reviewer Panel Board, Journal of Pediatric Psychology
2007-2012 Grant Reviewer, Psychosocial Development, Risk, and Prevention Study Section. National Institutes of Health, Washington, DC. (Guest reviewer: 2007-2009; Permanent member 2009-2012)
2005-present Editorial Board, Developmental Psychology
1996-2000 Associate Editor, Journal of Family Relations
Current Research Projects
Colorado children’s congregate care resiliency opportunity project (CROP). SAMHSA; $2M. Role: Overall grant co-PI (PI is Director of Larimer County Department of Human Services); PI on Subcontract to CSU.
Evaluation of a Human Physiological Performance Intervention (THOR-3) in the 10th Special Forces: Relations among Core Domains (Physical, Psychological, Social/Family, and Spiritual) of the Preservation of Force and Family (POTFF). Subcontract from Uniformed Services University and Special Operations Command. $325,000. Role: co-Principal Investigator.
Mentor families: A setting-level component to Improve Mentoring Outcomes for At-Risk Youth. William T. Grant Foundation. Investigator.
2015-current: Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, and Interim Director of the Columbine Health Systems Center for Healthy Aging, College of Health and Human Sciences, Colorado State University.
2013-2015: Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs, College of Health and Human Sciences, Colorado State University.
2006-present: Professor and Department Head, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University
2004-2006: Associate Director, Institute for Child Health Policy, University of Florida; Associate Professor with Tenure, Department of Epidemiology and Health Policy Research and Department of Pediatrics (Graduate Faculty), UF; Affiliate Associate Professor (Graduate Faculty), Department of Psychology, UF
2003-2004: Associate Director, Institute for Child Health Policy, UF; Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, UF; Joint Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Health Policy Research, UF; Affiliate Assistant Professor (Graduate Faculty), Department of Psychology, UF
2001-2003: Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics & Institute for Child Health Policy, UF; Affiliate Assistant Professor (Graduate Faculty), Department of Psychology, UF
2000-2001: Associate Scholar, Institute for Child Health Policy, UF
1996-2000: Research Associate and Instructor, Department of Psychology, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
1994-1996: Research Associate and Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Developmental Division, University of Michigan; Statistical Consultant, Institute of Gerontology, Wayne State University.
1992-1993: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, State University of New York at Albany; Post-doctoral position with the Albany Challenging Behavior Project/Special Education.
1990-1992: Assistant Professor of Human Development and Communication Sciences, The University of Texas at Dallas.
Killoren, S., Campione-Barr, N., Streit, C., Giron, S., Kline, G., & Youngblade, L.M. (In press). Content and correlates of sisters’ messages about dating and sexuality. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.
Youngblade, L.M. (in press). Children with special health care needs. In (T. Heller, S. Parker Harris, C. Gill, & R. Gould, Eds.), Disability in American life: An encyclopedia of concepts, policies, and controversies. ABC-CLIO.
Weiler, L., Haddock, S., Zimmerman, T., Henry, K., Krafchick, J., & Youngblade, L.M. (2015). Time-limited, structured youth mentoring and adolescent problem behaviors. Applied Developmental Science, DOI: 10.1080/10888691.2015.1014484.
Youngblade, L.M. (2015). Strategic planning: View from the department level. In Big XII Provosts (Eds.), Academic leadership in higher education: From the top down and the bottom up (pp. 251-258). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
Diehl, M., Youngblade, L.M., Hay, E., & Chui, H. (2011). The development of self-representations across the life span. In C. Berg, T. Antonucci, & J. Smith (Eds). Handbook of lifespan psychology (pp. 611-646). New York, NY: Springer.
Youngblade, L.M., Theokas, C., Schulenberg, J., Curry, L., Huang, I., & Novak, M.A. (2007). Risk and promotive factors in families, schools, and communities: A contextual model of positive youth development in adolescence. Pediatrics, 119 (Supplement 1, National and State-Specific Findings from the National Survey of Children’s Health), S47-S53.
Curry, L.A., & Youngblade, L.M. (2006). Negative affect, risk perception, and adolescent risk behavior. Applied Developmental Psychology, 27, 468-485.
Youngblade, L.M, & Curry, L.A. (2006). The people they know: Links between interpersonal contexts and adolescent risky and health-promoting behavior. Applied Developmental Science, 10, 96-106.
Youngblade, L.M., Curry, L., Vogel, W.B., Novak, M.A., & Shenkman, E.A. (2006). The impact of community risks and resources on adolescents’ risky behavior and health-care expenditures. Journal of Adolescent Health, 38, 486-494.
Youngblade, L.M., & Theokas, C. (2006). The multiple contexts of youth development: Implications for theory, research, and practice. Applied Developmental Science, 10, 58-60.
Youngblade, L.M., & Shenkman, E.A. (2003). Congruence between parents’ and adolescents’ reports of special health care needs in a Title XXI program. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 28, 393-401.
Youngblade, L.M. (2003). Peer and teacher ratings of 3rd and 4th grade children’s social behavior as a function of early maternal employment. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 44, 477-488.
Youngblade, L.M., Col, J., & Shenkman, E.A. (2002). Health care use and charges for adolescents enrolled in a Title XXI program. Journal of Adolescent Health, 30, 262-272.
Hoffman, L.W., & Youngblade, L.M. (1999). Mothers at work: Effects on children's well-being. New York: Cambridge University Press.
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