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Washington State University

Jane Lanigan

Jane Lanigan

Professor Emeritus 360-546-8715 McClaskey 225, Vancouver 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave.

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)


  • Ph.D. Family Studies, Texas Woman’s University, 2002
  • M.A. Early Childhood and Special Education, George Washington University, 1984
  • B.S. Psychology, Elementary Education, The College of William & Mary, 1982

Professional Experience

Academic Director, Department of Human Development, Washington State University

Associate Professor, Department of Human Development, Washington State University

Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development, Washington State University

Instructor, Department of Human Development, Washington State University

Adjunct Faculty, Department of Human Development, Washington State University

Conference Manager, NW Parenting and Family Education Conference, Washington State University

Instructor, Development and Family Studies Department, University of North Texas

Research Interests

My area of prevention research focuses broadly on the well-being of young children within the family and early learning and care contexts. I conduct translational studies that involve: promoting healthy weight trajectories in order to reduce childhood obesity and minimizing of the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) through trauma-informed practices in non-clinical settings.

Recent Grant Funding

  • Effect of child centered nutrition phrases on young children’s liking and consumption of healthy foods. WSU CAHNRS Research Initiatives in Human Sciences Internal Grant Program. ($41,000) Joint PIs: Jane Lanigan, Samantha Ramsay, and Rachel Bailey.  July 2015-July 2017.
  • Use of engaging online videos in conjunction with new feeding content to enhance a current EFNEP program in the prevention of childhood obesity. Agriculture Food Research Initiative Childhood Obesity Prevention Grant. Subcontract to WSU ($2,139,105). Joint PIs: Sheryl Hughes and Tom Power. Role: Investigator. 2014-2020.
  • Healthy caregivers-healthy children phase II. Agriculture Food Research Initiative Childhood Obesity Prevention Grant. $3,800,000; subcontract to WSU $28,402. PI: Ruby Natale. Role: WSU subcontractor on behalf of Extension Alliance for Better Child Care. 2016-2018.
  • Promoting the self-regulation of energy intake in African American and Latino preschoolers: A family focused obesity prevention program. Agriculture Food Research Initiative Childhood Obesity Prevention Grant. $4,194,603; subcontract to WSU $1,686,433. Joint PIs: Sheryl Hughes, Tom Power, and Susan Johnson. Role: Co-Investigator and Child Curriculum Lead. February 2011- January 2017.

Selected Publications

Lanigan, J.D., & Burleson, E. (2016). Foster parent’s perspectives regarding the transition of a new placement into their home: An exploratory study. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26(3), 905-915. doi:10.1007/s10826-016-0597-0

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, 405-418doi:

Smith, D.K., Riddle, L.A., Kerr, S., Atterberry, K., Lanigan, J., & Miles, C. (2016). Barriers and opportunities to serving pulses in school meals in Washington schools. The Journal of Child Nutrition Management, 40(1).

Lanigan, J.D. (2014). Physical activity for young children: A quantitative study of child care providers’ knowledge, attitudes, and health promotion practices. Early Childhood Education Journal, 42(1), 11-18. doi:10.1007/s10643-013-0583-8

O’Connor, T.M., Hingle, M., Chuang, R., Gorely, T., Hinkley, T., Jago, R., Lanigan, J., Person, N., & Thompson, D.A. (2013). Conceptual understanding of screen media parenting: Report of a working group. Childhood Obesity, 9(S1), S110-S118. doi: 10.1089/chi.2013.0025

Lanigan, J.D. (2012). The relationship between practices and child care providers’ attitudes related to child feeding and obesity prevention. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 44(6), 521-529. doi:10.1016/j.jneb.2011.07.008

Lanigan, J.D. (2011). The substance and sources of young children’s healthy eating and physical activity knowledge: Implications for obesity prevention efforts. Child: Care, Health & Development, 37(3), 368-376. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2214.2010.01191.x

Sano, Y., Smith, S., & Lanigan, J. (2011). Predicting presence and level of nonresident fathers’ involvement in infants’ lives: Mothers’ perspective. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 52(5), 344-349. doi:10.1080/10502556.2011.586613

Lanigan, J.D. (2010). Family child care providers’ perspectives regarding effective professional development and their role in the child care system: A qualitative study. Early Childhood Education Journal, 38(6), 399-409. doi:10.1007/s10643-010-0420-2