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Washington State University

Kathleen Rodgers

Kathleen Rodgers

Associate Professor Johnson Tower 521, Pullman 305 NE TROY MALL

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)


  • Ph.D. Child and Family Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1995
  • M.S. Child and Family Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1989
  • B.S. Child and Family Studies, California Polytechnic University, 1983

Research and Professional Experience

August 2003-present
Associate Professor, Department of Human Development, Washington State University

August 1997- August 2003
Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development, Washington State University

March 1996-June 1997
Assistant Professor, Extension Family Life Specialist, University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service

July 1995-December 1995
Youth Outreach Specialist, Youth Futures Project, University of Wisconsin Extension

August 1994-July 1995
Acting Director, Teen Assessment Project, and Interim Extension Specialist Human Development and Family Relations, University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension

Biographical Sketch

Kathleen Rodgers (Ph.D., 1993, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is an associate professor in the Department of Human Development at Washington State University. She has expertise in the areas of adolescent development and risk-taking, with particular focus on sexuality and gender socialization. Her background and training include work with community health organizations to conduct community–wide assessments of adolescent risk behaviors, psychosocial health, and relationships within multiple contexts. An overarching theme of her research is to explore how factors within multiple contexts interact and relate to adolescents’ and young adults’ health and risk-taking. Her work has examined violence and poverty as risk factors that contribute to sexual risk taking among adolescents. More recent work with Dr. Stacey Hust (Edward R. Murrow College of Communication) includes examining the relation of music-media content to adolescent and emerging adults’ attitudes about dating violence, sexual stereotypes, objectification of women, and acceptance of sexual harassment. Manuscripts from these data are in process. She and Stacey Hust received one of two National Council on Family Relations Innovation Grants in 2014. Rodgers and Hust also received the 2014 Mary Ann Yodelis Smith Award for Feminist Research from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Dr. Rodgers has published research in journals such as the Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and the Journal of Research on Adolescence.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

Professional Articles, Manuscripts Published and in Press, Refereed

(*Significant role in papers with student authors; students marked with asterisk)

Rodgers, K.B., Hust, S.J.T., Willoughby, J.F., & *Wheeler, J., *L1, J. (2019). Adolescents’ Alcohol-Sex Expectancies and Alcohol Advertisements in Magazines: The Role of Wishful Identification, Realism, and Enjoyment of Sexualization. Journal of Health Communication, 24(4), 395-404. DOI: 10.1080/10810730.2019.1630523

Hust, S.J.T., Rodgers, K.B., *Cameron, N., & *Li, J. (2019) Viewers’ Perceptions of Objectified Images of Women in Alcohol Advertisements and Their Intentions to Intervene in Alcohol-Facilitated Sexual Assault Situations. Submitted to Journal of Health Communication, 24(3), 328-338. DOI: 10.1080/10810730.2019.1604911

Hust, S.J.T., Rodgers, K.B., *Ebreo, S, & *Stefani, W. (2019). Rape myth acceptance, efficacy, and heterosexual scripts in men’s magazines: Factors associated with intentions to sexually coerce or intervene. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 34 (8), 1703-1733. DOI: 10.1177/0886260516653752

Rodgers, K.B., *Tarimo, P., McGuire, J.K., & Diversi, M. (2018). Motives, barriers, and ways of communicating in mother-daughter sexuality communication: A qualitative study of college women in Tanzania. Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, 18(6), 626-639.

Rodgers, K.B., & Hust, S. J.T. (2018). Sexual Objectification in Music Videos and Acceptance of Potentially Offensive Sexual Behaviors. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 7 (4). 413-428. DOI: 10.1037/ppm0000142 .

Hust, S.J.T., Rodgers, K.B., *Bayly, B. (2017). Scripting sexual consent: Internalized traditional sexual scripts and sexual consent expectancies among college students. Family Relations, 66 (1), 197-210. DOI:10.1111/fare.12230

Rodgers, K.B., & McGuire, J. (2012). Adolescent Sexual Risk and Multiple Contexts Interpersonal Violence, Parenting, and Poverty. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 27 (11), 2091 – 2107. doi:10.1177/0886260511432148

Handy, D., Rodgers, K.B., & *Shannon, T. (2011). Youth Asset Mapping: Showcasing youth empowerment and positive youth-adult partnerships. The Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 103 (1), 9 – 15.

*Kistler, M.K., Rodgers, K. B., Power, T., Austin, E. W., & Hill, L. G. (2010). Adolescents and music media: Toward an engagement meditational model of consumption, gender attitudes, and self-concept. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 20, 616 – 630.

Bumpus M.F., & Rodgers, K.B. (2009). Parental Knowledge and its Sources: Examining the moderating roles of family structure and race. Journal of Family Issues, 30 (10), 1356 – 1378.

Rodgers, K.B., & McGuire, J. (2009). Poverty as a Context for Understanding Adolescent Sexual Risk Taking: Links to Parental Values. International Journal of Child and Adolescent Health, 2(1), 109 – 116.

Rose, H. A., Rodgers, K. B., & Small, S. A.  (2005). Sexual identity confusion and problem behaviors in adolescents: A risk and resilience approach. Marriage and Family Review, 40(2/3), 131-150.

Rodgers, K. B., & Fleming, W. M. (2004). Individual, family and community factors related to alcohol use among Native American adolescents. Adolescent and Family Health 3(3), 140 – 147.

Rodgers, K. B., & Rose, H. A. (2002). Risk and resiliency factors among adolescents who experience marital transitions. Journal of Marriage and Family, 64 (4), 1024-1037.

Rodgers, K. B., & Rose, H. A. (2002). Personal, family, and school factors related to adolescent academic performance: A comparison by family structure. Marriage and Family Review, 33(4), 47 – 62.

Rodgers, K. B. (1999). Parenting processes related to sexual risk taking among adolescent males and females. Journal of Marriage and Family, 61 (1), 99-110.

Refereed Book

Hust, S.J.T., & Rodgers, K.B., (2018). Scripting Adolescent Romance: Adolescents Talk about Romantic Relationships and Media’s Sexual Scripts. Mediated Youth Series, Vol. 24.  Sharon R. Mazzarella (Editor), Peter Lang Publishing. DOI: 10.3726/b13316

Books and Book Chapters, Non-refereed

Hust, J.T., Rodgers, K.B., & Ran, W., (2013). Gendered sexual scripts in music lyrics and videos popular among adolescents. In C.L. Armstrong (Ed.), Media Disparity:  A Gender Battleground. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Rodgers, K.B., (2010). Remarriage and Blended Families. In Chicago Companion to the Child. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Rodgers K. B., & Small, S. A. (1999). The Teen Assessment Project: Community-based collaborative research. In R. Lerner & T. Chibucos (Eds.) Serving children and families through community-university partnerships: Success stories. Boston, MA: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Other Scholarly Work of Relevance

Hust, J.T., Rodgers, K.B., & Ran, W. (2013). Gendered sexual scripts in music lyrics and videos popular among adolescents. In C.L. Armstrong (Ed.), Media Disparity: A Gender Battleground. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Hust, J.T., Rodgers, K.B., Ebreo, S. (write and resubmit). Rape myth acceptance, efficacy, and heterosexual scripts in men’s magazines: Factors associated with intentions to sexually coerce or intervene. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Rodgers, K.B., & Hust, J.T. (write and resubmit). She’s a Sexual Object: The Association between Identifying Women in Music Videos as Sexual Objects and Female Viewers’ Acceptance of Possibly Offensive Sexual Behaviors. To be submitted to Sex Roles.

Hust, S. J., Rodgers, K.B., Wheeler, J. (in process). Both Sides of the Conversation: An In-Depth Qualitative Examination of Parent-Child Communication about Mediated Messages. To be submitted to Family Communication.

Hust, J.T., & Rodgers, K.B., (in process). Making Sense of Mediated Sexual Scripts and Adolescent Romantic Relationships. Invited book contract for the Mediated Youth Series. Sharon R. Mazzarella (editor), Peter Lang Publishing