Uses and effects of communication in decision making and social development, particularly in the areas of politics and health.
Emerging technology and message design in the context of politics and health promotion.
Health communication; alcohol, tobacco and other substance abuse prevention, media effects and sexual/reproductive health; sexual assault
Communication campaigns including political communication and health communication
Director of the Multimedia in Education: Research with Instructional Techniques (MERIT) Lab. Research focuses on the cognitive and pedagogical underpinnings of learning with computer-based multimedia resources; meta-analysis of empirical research, knowledge representation through interactive concept maps and diagrams, instructional practices in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) domains.
Physical activity assessment; barriers to physical activity during pregnancy; perceptions towards physical activity among pregnant and postpartum women; physical activity discussion between pregnant women, family, and prenatal healthcare providers; physical fitness and human athletic performance.
Motivational processes in youth physical activity; adaptive physical education environments; self-determination theory; body image and the effects of different modes of exercise on psychological outcomes.
Director of the Learning and Performance Research Center. Research focuses on educational and psychological measurement issues. Sample topics include: Measurement Invariance, Structural Equation Modeling; Item Response Theory, Classical Test Theory, Factor Analysis, Monte Carlo Studies.
Dean of the College of Education and Associate Director of the Learning and Performance Research Center.
Youth physical activity and health; social relationships/social contextual factors in motivational processes; positive youth development
Educational issues associated with economic poverty and homelessness, diversity, and ways of understanding and being in the world; alternative approaches to curriculum and instruction that improve educational access for all students
Work and family, especially concerning linkages between work-related stress and family processes; mother-child and father-child relationships; parental monitoring/knowledge; social development during middle childhood and adolescence.
Substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery; emerging adult development with emphasis on under-represented and high-risk youth; parent-child relationships in adolescence and emerging adulthood; application of advanced statistical methods to inform prevention science.
Social-emotional development and self-regulation in early childhood; organizational, structural, and program barriers and facilitators to successful dissemination, implementation and support of preventive interventions in real-world contexts; finite mixture models.
Healthy human/identity development in emerging adulthood; college student adjustment, retention and success; Acceptance and Commitment Training as a teaching and programming tool for supporting college students; experiential education in college courses and in programming for college student development; development and success of college educators and advisors.
School violence, Family and Consumer Sciences teacher recruitment processes, and student success in distance education.
Prevention science: research on the translation, implementation, evaluation and scale-up of prevention and health promotion programs in real-world settings; parent-child relationships in adolescence and young adulthood.
Family stress and functioning, effects of human animal interaction (equine assisted interventions), HPA axis activity and child development
Research on learning, cognitive development, and brain development during early childhood; early interventions to strengthen executive function; school readiness; dynamic systems theories of development; application of neural network models to development and cognitive intervention
Parent-child relationships; stress and coping; self-regulation; parental feeding practices; prevention of childhood obesity
Development and prevention of conduct problems including aggression, delinquency, and substance use, from infancy to emerging adulthood.
Adolescent sexuality and romantic relationships; media and adolescent well-being; adolescent and emerging adult sexual violence prevention; parent-adolescent relationships and communication
Adolescent development; the role of leisure and free-time in risk behavior and healthy development; positive youth development; substance use
Adult development and aging; mental health in later life; personality development; family gerontology
Decolonizing ways of knowing; identity development in educational contexts among disenfranchised youth and families; ethnography of street youth; issues of interpretation and representation in the social sciences
Childhood obesity prevention, child feeding practices, young children’s health knowledge, effect of new technologies and media, systems for supporting quality child care, support for military families
Child welfare system; aging out of foster care; developing, adapting, and testing interventions; program evaluation; maltreatment, trauma, and PTSD; LGBTQ youth well-being
Family relationships, rural family poverty, family health promotion in rural settings
Parent-child relationships; work-family balance; parenting and family relationship patterns among the Hutterites; women in poverty in rural areas
Understanding how women’s personal birth philosophies enter into birth treatment decision making; examining how evidence-based information on specific birth treatments may influence decisions; assessing outcomes and safety of acupuncture for specific perinatal concerns to guide women’s decision making on treatment options
The development of healthy emotional and physiological regulation in early life with a focus on the role of the parent-child attachment relationship as a protective and socializing influence.
Developing and testing the effectiveness of treatments for co-occurring substance use disorders and severe mental illness. Public health research and behavioral interventions in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The use of ethyl glucuronide, a biomarker of recent alcohol use, as a component in contingency management interventions for people diagnosed with alcohol use disorders. Research on the assessment and treatment of of children with severe psychiatric disorders who receive care in the public mental health system.
Development of evidence-based substance use disorder treatments, innovative analytical methods to answer novel research questions in psychopharmacology and substance abuse, substance use disorders as a complicating co-morbidity.
Puyallup Research and Extension Center
Environmental health promotion, socio-cultural aspects of environmental health, environmental justice, social determinants of health, rural health, community-based participatory research, intervention research
Psychosocial predictors of substance use, cardiovascular disease, and kidney disease; psychometric analyses of health scales; reducing health disparities.
Pediatric injury research; health services research; head injuries in children and adolescents; occupational injuries among working adolescents; impacts of work on young people; global health.
Environmental health, health risk messages, behavior change, environmental health literacy, rural health, health promotion, CBPR, grounded theory.
Workplace safety and health with an emphasis on shift work and sleep disturbances; disaster management in civilian and military settings; pregnancy and postpartum sleep and infant feeding choices; women’s health issues over the lifespan
Public policy design, public administration, public discourse, social construction of disability, disability rights, autism, neurodiversity.
Psychiatry, behavioral medicine, health promotion
Tri-Cities Campus (Richland, WA)
School readiness and social skills development of children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and how social values emerge in cultural context.
Real world implementation of evidence-based prevention programs; cultural adaption of evidence-based programs; integrated research and extension programming
Mary Katherine Deen
Life skills development through positive youth development; impact of cultural competency skills trainings; culturally competent adaption of community programs