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Lise M. Youngblade

Lise M. Youngblade, Ph.D.

Professor and Department Head of Human Development and Family Studies

Contact Information

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

Phone: 970-491-5558
Fax: 970-491-7975
E-mail: lise.youngblade@colostate.edu

Research Interests

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. I am currently PI, with co-PI Karen Barrett, of a four-year project funded by the Administration for Children and Families that aims to improve healthcare literacy for Head Start families 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.

A significant focus of my work relates to translating basic science to policies and programs that support youth and families. Toward this end, I am a member of the Colorado Medical Home Initiative, a state-wide collaborative headed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment that seeks to ensure family-centered, comprehensive, coordinated, connected, and culturally competent health care for all children in Colorado. And I work closely with the Larimer County Healthier Communities coalition on issues related to youth health and safety in Larimer County.


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

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

Health Care Literacy for Head Start Families. PROJECT HOME: Healthcare Options Made Easy. DHHS/Administration for Children and Families. Principal Investigator.

Professional Experience

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.

Selected Publications

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.

Thematic Research Areas

  • Risk, Resilience, & Developmental Psychopathology
  • Treatment, Intervention & Prevention Science
  • Emotion, Regulation, & Relational Processes