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School of Family Studies and Human Services

Anthony J. 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) 

Area(s) of Specialization

  • Divorce
  • Co-parenting
  • Family Policy
  • Divorce Education
  • Stress
  • Parent-Child Relationships
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Emerging Adulthood

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavors

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. 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

Courses Taught

  • HDFS 375: Research Methods in HDFS

Personal Information

Anthony and his wife Melissa are proud parents of a newborn boy, Phillip. They are excited to get to know the Little Apple better and become a part of K-State family.  You may find them hiking, walking their puppy Emma around town, or most likely getting a cup of coffee at Radina’s.

Vita (pdf)