Children & Families

Elliot Berkman, expert in motivation, self-control, and addiction and assistant professor of psychology

Elliot Berkman, Department of Psychology

Elliot Berkman is an expert in motivation and self-control, and studies how people pursue their goals, including eating habits, exercise, smoking, and addiction.

Scott Coltrane, Department of Sociology

Scott Coltrane is an expert in families, paternity and stay-at-home dads, with special attention given to the ways that mothers and fathers divide parenting and housework. 

Phil Fisher, expert in child development, especially in cases of abuse and neglect

Phil Fisher, Department of Psychology

Phil Fisher is an expert in child development, specifically related to the effects of early stressful experiences, including child abuse and neglect. Through his work, Phil develops programs for improving abused and neglected children's ability to attach to caregivers, build relationships with peers, and function in school.

Ellen Herman

Ellen Herman, Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics

Ellen Herman is an expert in psychology, family, adoption, and gender studies, and how each has developed throughout American history. Ellen's work explores topics like the policy and practices surrounding open and closed adoptions, and how we have diagnosed and treated (or avoided), autism spectrum disorder in the U.S.

Leslie Leve, Counseling Psychology and Human Services Department

Leslie Leve is an expert in adoption, foster care, child abuse, interventions and outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system, child development and teen girls. She can also speak to the problem of child sex trafficking, “re-homing” of adopted children, and topics related to foster children and maltreatment.

Laura Lee McIntyre, Professor of Psychology and the Associate Director of the Child and Family Center at the Prevention Science Institute

Laura Lee McIntyre, Counseling Psychology and Human Services Department

Laura Lee McIntyre is an expert in youth mental health, especially related to autism spectrum disorder, eating disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). She explores intervention and education strategies to best reach children, youth, and teens whose mental and behaviorial health are compromised.

C.J. Pascoe

C.J. Pascoe, Department of Sociology

C.J. Pascoe is an expert on sexuality, gender, masculinity, transgender issues, and body image, especially related to youth. C.J. also studies the use of social media by LGBT and straight youth to police gender roles and body image.

Jeffrey Sprague, Counseling Psychology and Human Services Department

Jeffrey Sprague is an expert in school violence, school safety, positive behavior interventions and supports, multi-tiered support systems, alternative education, and juvenile delinquency prevention and treatment. At the University of Oregon, he is a professor of special education and the director of the University of Oregon Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior.

Merle Weiner, School of Law

Merle Weiner is an expert in domestic abuse law, family law, international and comparative family law, family law policy and the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. At the University of Oregon, she is a Philip H. Knight Professor and faculty director of the Domestic Violence Clinic.

Priscilla Yamin, expert in marriage, women, gender roles and assistant professor

Priscilla Yamin, Department of Political Science

Priscilla Yamin is an expert on politics, women in politics and the role of marriage in U.S. political history. She specifically explores how politicizing marriage has been used as a means to grant and withold rights from people of color, women, LGBT people, and low-income Americans.

Kristin Yarris, Department of International Studies

Kristin Yarris is an expert on transnational migration, especially in the Americas. At the University of Oregon, she is an assistant professor of international studies and is affiliated with the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies and the Center for the Study of Women in Society, as well as the Center for Global Health.