Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Family, Consumer, and Human Development, Utah State University
Brief Bio: I examine the association between understudied family resources and relationship quality. For example, I have examined how change in consumer debt in the newlywed years is associated with change in marital satisfaction. I’ve also studied how change in time spent with spouses following the transition to motherhood is associated with changes in women’s marital quality. Currently I am examining attitudinal, behavioral, and relational domains that may butffer married couples’ negative relationship responses to economic distress experienced in the most recent recession. Following a two-year post-doctoral research position in Sociology at the University of Virginia, I obtained a tenure-track position at Utah State University in 2009. This Spring, USU awarded me tenure and promoted me to the rank of Associate Professor.
Penn State’s Demography Program: The training I received in the Demography at Penn State has been instrumental in forming my research career. The content has helped me to be more sensitive to broader contextual concerns that families face, while the methodological and statistical training have provided crucial skills that assist me to be a better researcher.