HDFS Faculty

HDFS Faculty

KRISTEN GOESSLING
Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
B.A., University of Missouri; M.S., Lewis and Clark College; Ph.D., University of British Columbia
Scholarly/Research Interests: Critical youth studies; creativity and development; sociocultural theories of learning and development; civic engagement and activism; identity construction; youth participatory action research; and qualitative methodologies.
Joined campus faculty in 2015.
Email: kpg5193@psu.edu

MARINDA K. HARRELL-LEVY
Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
B.S., B.A., University of Maryland; M.S., Ph.D., Auburn University
Scholarly/Research Interests: The examination of adolescent development within the context of close adult relationships. More specifically, her research addresses identity development processes occurring within relationships with parents and teachers.
Joined campus faculty in 2012.
Email: mkh23@psu.edu

CYNTHIA LIGHTFOOT
Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz; M.A., University of British Columbia, Vancouver; Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Scholarly/Research Interests: Sociocultural development of adolescents; self and identity development; adolescent risk-taking and peer culture; teen pregnancy; acculturation of immigrant children, youth, and families; narrative methodology.
Joined campus faculty in 1998.
Email: cgl3@psu.edu

B.C. BEN PARK
Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
B.A., Hannam University in Taejon; B.A., Lynchburg College; M.A., William and Mary; Ph.D., Syracuse University
Scholarly/Research interests: Relationship to increased suicide behavior in modern era and the classic sociological problem of how macro-level historical and structural forces have impacts on the micro-level of individual lives.
Joined campus faculty in 2013.
Email: bcp10@psu.edu

MICHAEL R. STURM JR.
Lecturer in Human Development and Family Studies
B.A., Messiah College; M.F.T, Drexel University
Scholarly/Research Interests: Professional Development and Training of Human Service Professionals, Ethics in Human Services, Higher Education Teaching, Community Engagement, Family Therapy and Dynamics, Family Processes, Social Justice, Gender, Intersectionality and Systems of Inequality.
Joined campus faculty in 2014.
Email: mrs36@psu.edu

JENNIFER M. ZOSH
Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
B.A., University of Delaware; M.A., Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University
Scholarly/Research Interests: Working memory abilities and limitations across the lifespan, with concentration on examining developmental change and developmental continuity, the fidelity of working memory representations, and the types of representations which can be stored in working memory.
Joined campus faculty in 2009.
Email:  jmz15@psu.edu