Steering Committee

An interdisciplinary committee of CNS and CSBS faculty, dedicated to boosting the impact of the work of the Center, provides guidance to the center's staff regarding development and activities.

Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences
Family Research Scholar 2003-04, 2014-2015
Steering Committee
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David Arnold's research addresses how mobile technology could foster Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) success in young children from low socioeconomic status (SES) families. 

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Associate Professor, Political Science & Public Policy
Family Research Scholar 2006-07
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Early Childhood Group
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Brenda Bushouse's  research interests include early childhood policy, nonprofit governance, and policymaking processes.

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Professor, Sociology
Family Research Scholar 2003-04
Care, Work and Family Policy Network
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Naomi Gerstel’s research focuses on work and families, with particular attention to gender gaps in paid and unpaid caregiving. She explores the effects of employment on the care adult daughters’ and sons’ give to their parents, the effects of

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Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences
Rudd Family Foundation Chair in Psychological and Brain Sciences
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Family Research Scholar 2012-2013
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Harold Grotevant's research focuses on relationships in adoptive families, and on adjustment and identity development in adolescents and young adults. His work has resulted in over 100 articles published in professional journals as well as several books, including Openness in Adoption: Exploring Family Connections (with Ruth McRoy, Sage Publications, 1998).

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Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies
Steering Committee
Early Childhood Group
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Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences
CRF Director
Family Research Scholar 2006
Care, Work and Family Policy Network
Steering Committee
Stress Research Group
Research:

Maureen Perry-Jenkins is a nationally renowned scholar whose contributions on the national, state, regional, and university levels have had profound impact. Her work focuses on the ways in which socio-cultural factors such as race,

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Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences
Family Research Scholar 2003-04
Stress Research Group
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Paula Pietromonaco is a social psychologist whose work focuses on how people think, feel, and behave in the context of their closest relationships. Her particular interest lies in how couple members influence each other’s ability to manage their emotions, and how these relationship processes are connected to emotional and physical health over time.

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Maconda Brown O'Connor Professor, Smith College School for Social Work
Family Research Scholar 2007- 2008, 2014-2015
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Marsha Kline Pruett, examines family dynamics and development with a specialization in the promotion of healthy child and family development during life transitions, particularly those transitions related to adverse events or circumstances. Her clinical research incorporates preventive interventions, consultation, program design and evaluation. 

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Professor, Anthropology
Family Research Scholar 2004-05 & 2008-09
Co-Director, Stress Research Group
Steering Committee
Research:

Lynnette Leidy Sievert is a biological anthropologist whose research has focused on age at menopause and symptom experience at menopause as two aspects of human variation. She is also interested in the evolution of menopause and

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