Educational Background & Specialties
- Ph.D.: University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 2003.
- M.S: Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Madison, WI, 1999.
- B.A.: Sociology, The George Washington University, Washington D.C, 1995.
- Family and Life Course
- Adolescent and Young Adult Development
- Introduction to Sociology - Honors
- Introduction to Sociology
Research & Professional Activities
- Referee: American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology
- Organizer and Chair: Session on Adolescent Fertility, Meeting of the Population Association of America, Minneapolis, MN , April 2003
- Chair: Session of the Changing Face of Adolescence, Meeting of the Americna Sociological Association, Anaheim, CA , August 2001
- Member: American Sociological Association; Section memberships: population and children and youth , 1994
- Member: Population Association of America , 1997
- Membership Committee: Center for Demography and Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Mentor: Undergraduate Research Scholars Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Member, Study Group Committee of Society for Research on Adolescence: decide which study groups to support for research pursuits
- Member: Society for Research on Adolescence
- Member: National Council on Family Relations
- “Adolescent Sexual Activity and Well-Being.” This project examines the effects of early sexual activity on a number of domains of adolescent life. A current study examines the role of friend and school norms in shaping the effects of sex on mental health, academic outcomes, and risk behaviors. “Families and Variation in Well-Being.” This project investigates the ways that differences within families manifest in child and parent well-being. One study finds the well-being of children from high conflict continuously married parent families is similar to those from single-parent families. Other studies examine the links between family dinners and well-being, parenting and subjective well-being, parental work adjustment after having a child, and children’s activities across the early life course.,
- “Variation in Associations between Family Dinners and Adolescent Well-Being.” with Kelly Musick. 2014. Journal of Marriage and Family 76: 13-23.
- "Assessing Causality and Persistence in Associations between Family Dinners and Adolescent Well-Being,” with Kelly Musick. 2012. Journal of Marriage and Family. 74(3): 476-493.
- “Are Both Parents Always Better Than One? Parental Conflict and Young Adult Well-being,”with Kelly Musick. 2010. Social Science Research 39(5): 814-830.
- “Romantic Relationships from Adolescence to Adulthood: Evidence from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health,”with Gina Allen. 2009. The Sociological Quarterly 50:308-335.
- “Young Adult Relationship Values at the Intersection of Gender and Sexuality,” with Kathleen Hull and Timothy Ortyl. 2009. Journal of Marriage and Family 71(3):510-525.
- “Adolescent First Sex and Subsequent Mental Health.”2007. American Journal of Sociology 112(6):1811-1847.
- Vilas Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002
- Murray Research Center's Adolescent and Youth Dissertation Award from Harvard University and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, 2002
- Society for the Study of Social Problems, Graduate Student Paper Award. Recipient for "Adolescents' Transition to First Intercourse, Religiosity and Attitudes about Sex.", 2001
- University of Wisconsin, Genevieve Gorst Herfuth Award for Outstanding Research in Social Studies. Recipient for "Adolescents' Transition to First Intercourse, Religiosity and Attitudes about Sex.", 2001
- Midwest Sociological Society, Graduate Student Paper Competition Award. Recipient for "Social Capital and Academic Achievement Among Adolescents.", 1999