Faculty & Staff

Katia Paz Goldfarb

No Photo Available Education — PhD, Michigan State University; MA, Eastern Michigan University; BA, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel)
Research/Interests — Examining the social issues that influence families and community life, particularly latino families and children, family diversity and the role of family and child studies in the teacher preparation
Office — University Hall 4145
Phone — (973) 655-4171

Shannon Bellum

Department Administrator
Shannon Bellum headshot Education — MFA, MA, Montclair State University; BS SUNY-Oneonta
Research/Interests — Career counseling for higher education, group processes, student life processes and development
Office — University Hall 4149
Phone — (973) 655-6854

Christopher Cottle

Department Advisor
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Office — University Hall 4147
Phone — (973) 655-3387

Jen Wilenta

Program Assistant
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Office — University Hall 4144
Phone — (973) 655-4077


Tiffany L. Brown

Tiffany Brown headshot Education — PhD, Syracuse University; MA, BA, Binghamton University
Research/Interests — African american families, cultural influences on parenting and family relationships, gender and intimate relationships
Office — University Hall 4209
Phone — (973) 655-6842

Jonathan Caspi

Education — PhD, University at Albany, S.U.N.Y.; MSW, Hunter College School of Social Work, C.U.N.Y.; BA, New York University
Research/Interests — Sibling relationships and development with a focus on sibling aggression, creating empirically-based practice strategies for addressing sibling-related issues, clinical social work supervision, family therapy.
Office — University Hall 4182
Phone — (973) 655-6905

Bradley van Eeden-Moorefield

No Photo Available Education — PhD, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro; MSW, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University; BA, Appalachian State University
Research/Interests — Factors related to relationship quality and stability, Contextual effects (i.e., discrimination, policy) on family relationships, Remarriage and stepfamilies, LGBT-headed families, Program development and evaluation, Qualitative and quantitative Internet methodology
Office — University Hall 4034
Phone — (973) 655-4440

Constance Gager

Constance Gager headshot Education — PhD, MA, University of Pennsylvania; MA, University of Vermont; BA, Clark University (Massachusetts)
Research/Interests — Predictors of relationship quality and divorce; the division of household labor, adolescent time use
Office — University Hall 4030
Phone — (973) 655-7494

Pauline Garcia-Reid

Pauline Garcia-Reid headshot Education — PhD, Fordham University; MSW, BA, Rutgers University
Research/Interests — Culturally-grounded social work practice, latino/a emphasis, educational outcomes, youth substance use & violence prevention
Office — University Hall 4186
Phone — (973) 655-6846

Sara Goldstein

Sara Goldstein headshot Education — PhD, Bowling Green State University; MA, Bowling Green State University-Ohio; BA, College of New Jersey
Research/Interests — Social and cognitive development, focusing on the development of peer relationships and peer behavior during childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood. Specifically, how peer relationships and cognitions about peer relationships influence the development of aggression and other forms of problem behavior
Office — University Hall 4032
Phone — (973) 655-3359

Lyndal Khaw

Lyndal Khaw headshot Education — PhD, MS, BS University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Research/Interests — Intimate partner violence, the process of leaving abusive partners, changes in family relationships, family stress and dynamics, qualitative methods
Office — University Hall 4184
Phone — (973) 655-3006

Chih-Yuan Steven Lee

No Photo Available Education — PhD, University of Minnesota; MS, Auburn University; BA, National Taiwan University
Research/Interests — Emerging adulthood, cross-cultural research on family dynamics, depression and suicide prevention, substance use and abuse, relationships among family financial stress, parenting, and child development, and prevention intervention program implementation
Office — University Hall 4180
Phone — (973) 655-4371

Soyoung Lee

Soyoung Lee headshot Education — PhD Virginia Tech, MS, BS Seoul National University
Research/Interests — Community capacity, reciprocal influences between diverse families and communities, immigrant families, family life education, family program development and evaluation, decision making among young females
Office — University Hall 4038
Phone — (973) 655-3452

Miriam R. Linver

Miriam Linver headshot Education — PhD, MS, University of Arizona; BA, Brandeis University
Research/Interests — Family processes through which income affects children and youth, transition to young adulthood; child and adolescent time use
Office — University Hall 4211
Phone — (973) 655-6841

Olena Nesteruk

Olena Nesteruk headshot Education — PhD, Louisiana State University; MS, Louisiana State University; BS, National University of Life & Environmental Sciences of Ukraine
Research/Interests — Immigrant family dynamics over the life course and across generations; acculturation, parenting, and intergenerational relationships; heritage language and ethnic identity development; Eastern European immigrants; qualitative research.
Office — University Hall 4036
Phone — (973) 655-7984

Christine A. Price

Christine Price headshot Education — PhD, University of Georgia; MS, University of Georgia; BA, University of California, Irvine
Research/Interests — Women and retirement, aging family relationships and intergenerational dynamics, gender issues in later life, qualitative methods
Office — University Hall 4028
Phone — (973) 655-3358

Robert J. Reid

Robert Reid headshot Education — PhD, Columbia University; MSW, Rutgers; BA, Rutgers
Research/Interests — Community based participatory research, substance abuse and HIV/AIDS prevention among urban minority youth, structural and environmental interventions to prevent alcohol and tobacco use
Office — University Hall 4040
Phone — (973) 655-7862

Pearl Stewart

No Photo Available Education — PhD, University of Delaware; MSSA, Case Western Reserve University; BS, University of Delaware
Research/Interests — African-american extended families, family diversity, cultural connections between african american and west african families
Office — University Hall 4188
Phone — (973) 655-6840

Jennifer Brown Urban

Jennifer Brown Urban headshot Education — PhD, Cornell University; MA, Cornell University; BA, Tufts University
Research/Interests — Applied developmental science; Positive youth development; Developmental Systems Theories and Systems Science; Out-of-school activity involvement and the impact on positive and negative indicators of development; Ecological and neighborhood factors as context for development; Effective means of integrating research, practice, and policy; Evaluation and program planning particularly for youth development programs, STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) programs, and public health programs
Office — University Hall 4205
Phone — (973) 655-6884