Our Team

César Abadía-Barrero

Assistant Professor

Anthropology

I am a medical anthropologist who has conducted ethnographic research with children and adolescents in Brazil and Colombia. In my book “I Have AIDS but I am Happy. Children’s Subjectivities, AIDS, and Social Responses in Brazil,” I describe what it’s like for children and adolescents to grow up living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. My second book examines the defunding, closure and privatization of Colombia’s legendary child and maternity hospital. Currently, I starting new projects that look at “emerging childhood epidemics” within a context characterized by the destruction of the environments where children are growing up and restrictions in children’s right to health care.

cesar.abadia@uconn.edu

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Alaina Brenick

Assistant Professor

HDFS

Professional Interests:

  • The experience of intergroup victimization, discrimination, exclusion, and bullying
  • Intergroup attitudes of adolescents and children in areas of high conflict
  • Culture, context, and identity and moral reasoning about intergroup relations
  • Immigration and conceptions of self and other
  • Media, intergroup contact, and stereotypes
  • alaina.brenick@uconn.edu

    860 570 9084

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    Noel Card

    Professor

    HDFS

    Professional Interests:

    • Adolescent Development
    • Social Development
    • Peer Relations
    • Aggression and Peer Victimization
    • Meta-Analysis
    • Structural Equation Modeling
    • Longitudinal Data Analysis
    • Dyadic Data Analysis

    noel.card@uconn.edu

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    Annamaria Csizmadia

    Associate Professor

    HDFS

     

    Professional Interests:

    • Multiracial child development
    • Interracial marriages and families
    • Ethnic-racial minority and immigrant youth development
    • Ethnic-racial identity & ethnic-racial socialization

     

    annamaria.csizmadia@uconn.edu

    203 251 9586

    Paul Dworkin

    Executive Vice President, Community-Child Health (Connecticut Children's Medical Center), Professor and Department Head (UConn Health Center)

    Pediatrics

     

    Professional Interests:

    • The interface among child development, child health services, and child health policy.

    pdworki@ccmckids.org

    860 545 8566

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    Lisa Eaton

    Associate Professor

    HDFS

     

    Professional Interests:

    • Health and well-being development across the lifespan
    • Advanced quantitative methods for the social sciences
    • Ecological approaches to disease prevention
    • Health disparities interventions and community based programs

    lisa.eaton@uconn.edu

    860 486 6024

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    Michael Ego

    Professor

    HDFS

     

    Professional Interests:

    • Asian Pacific American families
    • Asian Pacific American populations and Aging
    • Retirement Adaptation
    • Reminiscence Therapy, Sports and Dementia
    • Japanese Americans and World War II

    michael.ego@uconn.edu

    203 251 8531

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    Pouran Faghri

    Professor

    Allied Health Sciences, Community Medicine, School of Engineering

     
    Professional Interests:

  • Occupational obesity, work-site health promotion
  • Community health promotion and social determinants of health
  • Biomechanical and metabolic evaluation of exercise interventions
  • Musculoskeletal modeling, artificial neural network, and PAC algorithms
  • Non-invasive cardiovascular/hemodynamic assessment techniques
  • pouran.faghri@uconn.edu

    860 486 0018

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    Ann Ferris

    Professor Emerita

    Medicine and Public Health (UConn Health Center)

     
    Professional Interests:

    • Explaining, preventing, and treating the high occurrence of food related conditions, particularly childhood obesity and iron-deficiency anemia, in underserved and poor families.
    • Food systems, particularly food access in corner stores.
    • Shaping the environment, and education, to promote healthy food selection.

    aferris@uchc.edu

    860 679 8196

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    Kim Gans

    Professor

    HDFS

     

    Professional Interests:

    • Healthy eating, physical activity, obesity prevention and treatment
    • Worksite, school, and home-based interventions
    • Food environments for low income and ethnic minority populations
    • Health literacy and physician education
    • Dietary assessment

    kim.gans@uconn.edu

    860 486 3865

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    Linda Halgunseth

    Assistant Professor

    HDFS

     

    Professional Interests:

    • Latino and African American Parenting
    • Cultural Influences on Parent-Child Relations and Parenting
    • Children of Immigrants
    • Culturally-Appropriate Measurement Development
    • Minority Health and Well-Being

    linda.halgunseth@uconn.edu

    203 236 9826

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    Sara Harkness

    Professor, Director CHHD

    HDFS, Pediatrics

     

    Professional Interests:

    • Cultural structuring of human development
    • Parents’ cultural belief systems and parenting
    • Cognitive, affective. social, and language development in early childhood
    • Cultural influences on health at the household and community levels
    • Family policy

    sara.harkness@uconn.edu

    860 486 4374

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    Maria LaRusso

    Assistant Professor

    HDFS

     

    Professional Interests:

    • social and emotional development in childhood and adolescence
    • youth risk behaviors
    • clinical and school-based interventions
    • the influence of relationships and social contexts on development and intervention outcomes
    • integration of quantitative and qualitative methods

    maria.larusso@uconn.edu

    860 570 9043

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    Caitlin Lombardi

    Assistant Professor

    HDFS

     

    Professional Interests:

    • Social policy and child development
    • Child care, parental employment, and early education
    • Economic and parenting supports for low-income families
    • Statistical and methodological procedures for studying human development

    caitlin.lombardi@uconn.edu

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    Caroline Johnston Mavridis

    Assistant Research Professor, Assistant Director CHHD

    HDFS

    Professional Interests:

  • The role of cultural context in parenting and children’s development
  • Mothers’ beliefs and experiences related to motherhood, self-care and well-being
  • Evaluation of programs to educate and empower frontline family workers
  • Family workers’ self-care and well-being
  • Culture and climate in human services organizations
  • caroline.mavridis@uconn.edu

    860 486 1595

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    Stephanie Milan

    Associate Professor

    Psychological Sciences

     

    Professional Interests:

    • Links between mental health and reproductive health in high-risk adolescence
    • Adolescent parenthood
    • Intergenerational effects of child maltreatment and family violence
    • Family functioning in the context of maternal mental illness

    stephanie.milan@uconn.edu

    860 486 5101

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    Letitia Naigles

    Professor/DEV Division Head

    Psychological Sciences

     

    Professional Interests:

    • Language acquisition across languages and etiologies

    letitia.naigles@uconn.edu

    860 486 4942

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    Rebecca Puhl

    Professor

    HDFS

     

    Professional Interests:

    • Bullying, bias, and discrimination experienced by children and adults who have obesity.
    • Intervention strategies to reduce weight bias.
    • Policy and legal remedies to reduce weight-bullying in youth and weight discrimination in adults.

    rebecca.puhl@uconn.edu

    860 380 1209

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    Marlene Schwartz

    Director, Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity/Professor, Human Development and Family Studies

    HDFS

     

    Professional Interests:

    • How home environments, school landscapes, neighborhoods, and the media shape the eating attitudes and behaviors of children.

    marlene.schwartz@uconn.edu

    860 380 1211

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    Adam Silverman

    Attending Physician (Connecticut Children's Medical Center)/Associate Professor (UConn Health Center)

    Pediatrics

     

    Professional Interests:

    • The care of critically ill children in the Emergency Department
    • Methodologies for improving child healthcare in developing countries

    asilverman@ccmckids.org

    860 545 9739

    Charles M. Super

    Professor, Co-Director CHHD

    HDFS, Pediatrics

     

    Professional Interests:

    • Cultural regulation of human development, particularly during infancy and childhood
    • Parental and professional ethnotheories of child development and behavior
    • Interventions to promote the physical and mental health of children and families
    • Mixed methods research design and data analysis

    charles.super@uconn.edu

    860 486 1551

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    Ryan Watson

    Assistant Professor

    HDFS

     

    Professional Interests:

    • Sexual/Gender Minority Youth and Young Adult Health
    • Family Acceptance and Rejection
    • Intersections of Family, School, and Sexuality
    • Hooking Up and Sexual Health
    • Mixed-methodologies

    ryan.j.watson@uconn.edu

    860 486 1659