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School of Family Studies and Human Services

Anthony Ferraro

Anthony Ferraro

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

343D Justin Hall


  • Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Science, Florida State University (2017)
  • Graduate Certificate in Measurement & Statistics, Florida State University (2017)
  • B.S. in Legal Studies, University of Central Florida (2012)

Credentials and/or Certifications

  • Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) (2017)

Area(s) of Specialization

  • Measurement and Statistics
  • Litigation and Advocacy
  • Criminal Law and Individual Liberties
  • Divorce
  • Co-parenting
  • Family Policy
  • Divorce Education
  • Stress
  • Parent-Child Relationships
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Emerging Adulthood

Courses Taught

  • HDFS 375: Research Methods in HDFS

Professional Biography

Anthony Ferraro recently completed his Ph.D. at Florida State University and is beginning this fall as an Assistant Professor.  Much of Dr. Ferraro's work focuses on co-parenting after divorce but his research program more broadly focuses on familial relationships during periods of transition, both structural (divorce, remarriage, reintegration, etc.) and developmental (launching, placement in long term care, etc.).  Ferraro has been the principal or co-investigator on numerous first hand data collections, including the Parenting After Divorce project, the Emerging Adult Healthy Relationships Study, and the Successful Co-parenting After Divorce Toolkit and associated study (for which they were recently presented with a Prudential Productivity Award from the state of Florida).  Currently, Dr. Ferraro is working with RESULTS Japan on the development of a co-parenting program and collaborative cross-cultural research project.  In addition, he serves as the Student & New Professional Representative for the Family Policy section of the National Council on Family Relations.

Dr. Ferraro believes there is nothing more rewarding than seeing growth in the professionals of tomorrow.  Whether his students go on to pursue academic positions, additional education, or even enter a non-HDFS career field, to see students realizing their aspirations inspires him.  Dr. Ferraro is excited to get into the classroom this fall to teach Introduction to Research Methods and meet more of the talented HDFS students here at Kansas State.  He is also excited to get to work closely with the rest of the Applied Family Science unit to continue to make the program and the community the best that it can possibly be. 

Recent publications include:

Ferraro, A. J., Davis, T. R., Petren, R. E., & Pasley, K. (2016). Post-divorce parenting: A study of recently divorced mothers and fathers. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 57, 485-503. doi:10.1080/10502556.2016.1220302

Ferraro, A. J., Malespin, T., Oehme, K., Bruker, M., & Opel, A. (2016). Advancing co-parenting education: Toward a foundation for supporting positive post-divorce adjustment. Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal, 33, 407-415. doi:10.1007/s10560-016-0440-x

Personal Information

Dr. Ferraro is married and he and his wife are expecting their first child in September. He and his wife have an Italian Greyhound/Catahoula mix that they enjoy walking around Manhattan. Dr. Ferraro completed his degrees in Florida, but he grew up in New England and has three brothers and two sisters. He and his wife were drawn to K-State by the way the faculty and staff embrace the land-grant mission, care about each other, and try to make their community a better place.

Vita (pdf)