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College of Human Ecology

Faculty Advisors and Interests

Family Studies and Human Services

Jared Anderson

Current and future areas of scholarship and research:

  • Development and change in marital quality across the lifespan
  • Marital efficacy and timing among emerging adults (in China)
  • Military marriages and families
  • Families and health (specifically, investigating how undergoing bariatric surgery effects marital relationships)
Bronwyn Fees

Current and future areas of scholarship and research:

  • International issues in early care and education
  • Children's physical activity in child care environments
Jane Mertz Garcia

Current and future areas of scholarship and research:

  • Dysphagia - viscosity and sensory measures of thick liquids
  • Dysarthria - contextual influences of speech intelligibility
Elaine Johannes

Current and future areas of scholarship and research:

  • Youth (adolescent) development
  • Promotion of healthy lifestyles through community youth development
  • Reduction of risk of obesity among Kansas teens
  • Prevention of youth-related problem behaviors (e.g., bullying, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, school dropout, delinquency)
  • Impact of military deployments and military-family lifestyle on youth
Karen Myers-Bowman

Current and future areas of scholarship and research:

  • Parents, children, war, peace, terrorism
  • Service-learning in human services
  • Adolescent relationship development
  • Any sexuality topics
  • Parent education
  • Peace education
Briana Nelson Goff

Current and future areas of scholarship and research:

  • Couples and traumatic experiences
  • Military family research
  • Parenting children with Down syndrome
Charlotte Shoup Olsen

Current and future areas of scholarship and research:

  • Latino-American marriages, infidelity, intergenerational family farm relationships
  • Program evaluation for Couple TALK, an extension Internet no-cost course, as well as other program evaluations
Walter Schumm

Current and future areas of scholarship and research:

  • Military families
  • Gulf War illnesses
  • Premarital education
  • Islam as it compares with other religions
  • Marital interaction