Research

Faculty Research Interests

Core HDFS Graduate Faculty

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
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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:
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
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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:
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.
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
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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.
www.agaburzynska.com
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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:
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
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Shelley A. Haddock

Susan L. 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.
susan.hepburn@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
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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

Gloria Luong

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

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
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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
http://mir.nichd.nih.gov
http://ebam.nichd.nih.gov
lauren.shomaker@colostate.edu
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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
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Toni Zimmerman

Toni Zimmerman
Professor and 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
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