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Scholarly Assistant Professor, Human Development
McClaskey 229, Vancouver 
McClaskey 201, Vancouver
  • healthy aging
  • aging in place
  • family gerontology
  • grief, coping, and loss
  • elder abuse
Minxi Cheng
Scholarly Assistant Professor - Career
Johnson Tower 601B
Johnson Tower 519, Pullman
  • Addiction and Substance Abuse (Etiology, Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery)
  • Emerging Adult Development with Emphasis on Underrepresented and High-Risk Youth
  • Prevention Science
  • Social Contextual Factors and Health Behavior
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods, including Latent Variable (e.g., SEM), Finite Mixture (e.g., LCA), and Multilevel Models
Lisa Colón
Assistant Professor
Johnson Tower 522
Scholarly Associate Professor
Johnson Tower 525, Pullman
  • College student success and well-being
  • Emerging Adulthood
  • Experiential Education
  • Challenge and Outdoor Education
Associate Professor  
Johnson Tower 513, Pullman
  • Prevention Science
  • Dissemination and Implementation Science
  • Translational Research
  • Evidence-based Program Sustainability
  • Evidence-based Program Adaptation
  • Prevention Workforce Development
McClaskey 230, Vancouver
  • Social justice
  • Narratives of Us versus Them
  • Decolonizing ways of being and knowing
  • Autoethnography
Assistant Professor 
Johnson Tower 516, Pullman

• Adolescent and young adult development with a focus on understudied populations
• Etiology, risk and protective factors, and consequences for high-risk alcohol and drug use in adolescence and young adulthood
• Sexual behavior in adolescence and young adulthood
• Prevention science

Scholarly Assistant Professor - Career
Johnson Tower 619
Scholarly Assistant Professor 
Johnson Tower 524, Pullman
Scholarly Professor
Interim Chair, Human Development
Johnson Tower 518, Pullman
Director, Center for Transformational Learning and Leadership
Scholarly Associate Professor
Johnson Tower 618, Pullman
Scholarly Assistant Professor - Career
WSUCC 150A, Pullman
Scholarly Assistant Professor
Johnson Tower 617, Pullman
  • Well-being and life skills interventions
  • Mindfulness
  • Tidal leadership facilitator
  • Provost’s Leadership Academy trainer
  • L.I.F.T. Faculty development facilitator
Johnson Tower 523, Pullman
  • Family stress and functioning
  • Effects of human animal interaction (equine assisted interventions)
  • HPA axis activity and child development
Associate Professor
Johnson Tower 515, Pullman
  • Developmental neuroscience
  • Electroencephalography (EEG) methodology
  • Brain, behavioral and social basis of emotion regulation from infancy to adulthood
  • Emergence and development of top-down (executive) control
Jennifer Putney
Scholarly Assistant Professor - Career
Johnson Tower 601A
Scholarly Assistant Professor
McClaskey 220, Vancouver
Associate Professor
Johnson Tower 521, Pullman
  • Adolescent sexuality and romantic relationships
  • Media and adolescent well-being
  • Adolescent and emerging adult sexual violence prevention
  • Parent-adolescent relationships and communication
Associate Professor
McClaskey 225, Vancouver
  • Child welfare system
  • Aging out of foster care
  • Postsecondary access and retention of youth in foster care
  • Developing, adapting, and testing interventions
  • Program evaluation; Maltreatment, trauma, and PTSD
  • LGBTQ youth well-being
  • International approaches to child welfare services
Academic Director & Professor
McClaskey 231, Vancouver
  • Family relationships
  • Rural family poverty
  • Family health promotion in rural settings
Nicole Scalise
Assistant Professor
Johnson Hall 508
Gitanjali Shrestha
Research Assistant Professor - Career
Johnson Tower
Associate Professor
McClaskey 226, Vancouver
  • Children’s emotional and physiological self-regulation
  • Child-caregiver attachment bond
  • Biological mechanisms linking early adversity to health outcomes
  • Preventive interventions for trauma-exposed families
Associate Professor
Johnson Tower 514, Pullman
  • Adult Development and Aging
  • Service Utilization
  • Aging Policy
  • Social and Family Gerontology
  • Aging in Rural Communities
  • Training and Development of Professional in the Field of Aging
  • Lifespan Prevention Science
Associate Professor & Adolescent Extension Specialist
Johnson Tower 512, Pullman
  • Adolescent development
  • The role of leisure and free-time in risk behavior and healthy development
  • Positive youth development
  • Substance use
Scholarly Associate Professor/ Associate Director
Johnson Tower 616, Pullman
  • Center for Transformational Learning and Leadership
  • Tidal Leadership facilitator
  • LIFT Faculty development facilitator
  • Design, evaluation and implementation of well-being and life skills in undergraduate courses
  • Leadership development
Betty Wilson
Assistant Professor
Washington State University