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Dr. Thomas Power

Thomas Power

Thomas Power

Professor 509-335-8439 Johnson Tower 513, Pullman

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Education/Training

  • 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

Steiner, E. M., Dahlquist, L. M., Power, T. G., & Bollinger, M. E. (in press). Intolerance of uncertainty and protective parenting in mothers of children with food allergy. Children’s Health Care.

Lelakowska, G., Kanya, M. J., Balassone, B. R., Savoree, S. L., Boddy, L. E., Power, T. G., & Bridgett, D. J. (in press).  Toddler’s impulsivity, inhibitory control, and maternal eating-related supervision in relation to toddler BMI: Direct and interactive effects.  Appetite.

O’Connor, T. M., Elias, C., Thompson, R. R., Arlinghaus, K. R.,  Vollrath, K., Hernandez,  D. C., Power, T. G., &  Hughes, S. O.  (2019).  The association of TV viewing during dinner meals with quality of dietary intake and BMI z-scores among low income ethnic minority preschool children. Appetite, 140, 231-238.

Arlinghaus, K. R., Hernandez, D. C., Eagleton, S. G., Chen, T. A., Power, T. G., & Hughes, S. O. (2019).  Exploratory factor analysis of The Comprehensive Feeding Practices Questionnaire (CFPQ) in a low-income Hispanic sample of preschool aged children. Appetite, 140, 82-90.

Wong, M., & Power, T. G. (2019).  Childhood depressive symptoms during the transition to primary school in Hong Kong: Comparison of child and maternal reports.  Children and Youth Services Review, 100, 183-190.

Kamdar, N.; Hughes, S. O., Power, , & Hernandez, D. (2019)Indirect effects of food insecurity on body mass index through feeding style and dietary quality among low-income Hispanic preschoolers. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 51, 876-884.

Power, T. G.,  Johnson, S. L., Beck, A. D., Martinez, A. D., & Hughes, S. O. (2019).  The Food Parenting Inventory: Factor structure, reliability, and validity in a low-income, Latina sample.  Appetite, 134, 111-119.

Wong, M., & Power, T. G. (2019).  Links between coping strategies and depressive symptoms among girls and boys during the transition to primary school.  Early Education and Development, 30, 178-195.

Power T.G., Silva Garcia, K., Beck, A., Goodell, S., Johnson, S. L., Hughes, S.O. (2018). Observational and self-report assessments of caregivers’ feeding styles: Variable- and person-centered approaches for examining relationships with children’s eating behavior. Appetite, 130, 174-183.

Arlinghaus, K. R., Vollrath, K., Hernandez, D. C., Momin, S. R., O’Connor, T. M., Power, T. G., & Hughes, S. O. (2018).  Authoritative parent feeding style is associated with better child dietary quality at dinner among low-income minority families.  American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 108, 730-736.

Lau, Y. H., & Power, T. G. (2018).  Parental involvement during the transition to primary school: Examining bidirectional relations with school adjustment.  Children and Youth Services Review, 88, 257-266.

Silva Garcia, K., Power, T. G., Beck, A. D., Fisher, J. O., Goodell, L. S., Johnson, S. L., O’Connor, T. M., & Hughes, S. O. (2018).  Stability in the feeding practices and styles of low-income mothers: Questionnaire and observational analyses.  International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 15:28.

Davison, K. K., Blake, C. E., Kachurak, A., Lumeng, J. C., Coffman, D. L., Miller, A. L., Hughes, S. O., Power, T. G., Vaughn, A. F., Blaine, R. E., Younginer, N., & Fisher, J. O. (2018).  Development and preliminary validation of the Parenting around SNAcking Questionnare (P-SNAQ).  Appetite, 125, 323-332.

Galindo, L., Power, T. G., Beck, A. D., Fisher, J. O., O’Connor, T. M., & Hughes, S. O. (2018).  Predicting preschool children’s eating in the absence of hunger from maternal pressure to eat: A longitudinal study of low-income, Latina mothers.  Appetite, 120, 281-286.