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Dr. Thomas Power

Thomas Power

Thomas Power

Professor 509-335-3814 Johnson Tower 513, Pullman

Curriculum Vitae (docx)


  • Ph.D. Developmental Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1980
  • M.A. Developmental Psychology,¬†University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1980
  • B.S. Psychology, Michigan State University, 1976

Professional Experience

August 2000-Present
Professor, Department of Human Development, Washington State University

July 2001-2014
Chair, Department of Human Development, Washington State University

September 1994-August 2000
Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Houston

September 1986-August 1994
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Houston

August 1980-August 1986
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Houston

Areas of Emphasis

  • Social Development
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Stress, Coping, and Health Behaviors
  • Children’s Play
  • Obesity Prevention

Current Research

My current research interests are on the role of parents in the socialization of health promoting and health compromising behaviors in children and adolescents. Current projects include: parental influences on children’s coping with chronic disease; parental influences on children’s appraisal of and coping with minor and major life events; and the prevention of childhood obesity.

Selected Publications

Goodell, L.S., Johnson, S.L., Antono, A.C., Power, T.G., & Hughes, S.O. (in press). Strategies low-income mothers use to overcome their children’s food refusal. Maternal and Child Health Journal.

Power, T.G., Olivera, Y.A., Hill, R.A., Beck, A.D., Hopwood, V., Silva Garcia, K., Ramos, G.G., Fisher, J.O., O’Connor, T.M., & Hughes, S.O. (2016). Emotion regulation strategies and childhood obesity in high risk preschoolers. Appetite, 107, 623-627.

Hughes, S.O., Power, T.G., Beck, A., Betz, D.L., Calodich, S.M., Goodell, S., Hill, L.G., Hill, R., Jaramillo Duran, A., Johnson, S., Lanigan, J.D., Lawrence, A.C., Martinez, A., Nesbitt, M., Overath, R., Parker, L.A., & Ullrich-French, S.C. (2016). Strategies for Effective Eating Development – SEEDS: Design of an obesity prevention program to promote healthy food preferences and eating self-regulation in low-income children. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 48, 405-418.

Elias, C., Power, T., Beck, A., Goodell, S., Johnson, S., Papaioannou, M., & Hughes, S. (2016). Depressive symptoms and perceptions of child difficulty are associated with less responsive feeding behaviors in an observational study of low-income mothers. Childhood Obesity, 12, 418-425.

Vaughn, A., Ward, D., Fisher, J., Faith, M., Hughes, S., Kremers, S., Musher-Eizenman, D., O’Connor, T., Patrick, H., & Power, T. (2016). Fundamental constructs in food parenting practices: A content map to guide future research. Nutrition Reviews, 74, 98-117.

Cooper, B., Barale, K., Funaiole, A., Power, T.G., & Combe, A. (2016). Participant and household characteristics associated with graduation from the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 48, 453-460.

Hughes, S.O., Power, T.G., O’Connor, T.M., Fisher, J.O., & Chen, T. (2016). Maternal feeding styles and food parenting practices as predictors of longitudinal changes in weight status in Hispanic preschoolers from low-income families. Journal of Obesity.

Silva Garcia, K., Power, T.G., Fisher, J.O., O’Connor, T.M., & Hughes, S.O. (2016). Latina mothers’ influences on child appetite regulation. Appetite,103, 200-207.

Frankel, L., Fisher, J.O., Power, T.G., Chen, T., Cross, M., & Hughes, S.O. (2015). Confirmatory factor analysis of the Feeding Emotions Scale: A measure of parent emotions in the context of feeding. Appetite, 91, 107-113.

Power, T.G., O’Connor, T.M., Fisher, J.O., & Hughes, S.O., (2015). Obesity risk in children: The role of acculturation in the feeding practices and styles of low-income Hispanic families. Childhood Obesity, 11(6), 715-721.

Hughes, S.O., Power, T.G., Yan, L., Sharp, C., & Nicklas, T.A. (2015). Parent emotional distress and feeding styles in low-income families. The role of parent depression and parenting stress. Appetite, 92, 337-342.

Johnson, S.L., Goodell, L.S., Williams, K., Power, T.G., & Hughes, S.O. (2015). Getting my child to eat the right amount. Mothers’ considerations when deciding how much food to offer their child at a meal. Appetite, 88, 24-32.

Frankel, L.A., Thompson, D., Power, T.G., & Hughes, S.O. (2015). Correspondence between maternal determination of child fullness and young children’s self-determined fullness level: Results from a standardized laboratory protocol. Childhood Obesity, 11(2), 209-214.

Power, T.G., Hughes, S.O., Goodell, L.S., Johnson, S.L., Jaramillo Duran, J.A., Williams, K., Beck, A.D., & Frankel, L.A. (2015). Feeding practices of low-income mothers: How do they compare to current recommendations? International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 12, 1-11.

Dahlquist, L.M., Power, T.G., Hahn, A., Hoehn, J., Thompson, C.C., Herbert, L.J., Law, E.F., & Bollinger, M.E. (2015). Parenting and independent problem-solving in preschool children with food allergy. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 40(1), 96-108.

Hughes, S.O., Power, T.G., O’Connor, T.M., & Fisher, J.O. (2015). Executive functioning, emotion regulation, eating self-regulation, and weight status in low-income preschool children. How do they relate? Appetite, 89(1), 1-9.