Research Interests

I have three broad research interests: Family, gender, and sexual orientation 

The majority of my work has focused on the role of family composition and parental gender in children’s development, parental dynamics, and couple functioning. How do variations (e.g., pathways to parenthood or division of unpaid labor) and changes (e.g., divorce) in family composition relate to family members’ development and functioning? Specifically, for this area of work I am interested in the role and experiences of fathers, both gay and heterosexual, as it relates to their children within these differently designed families. 

Second, I have some work exploring the reproductive and sexual health of sexual minority individuals. What are the experiences of sexual minority individuals compared to their heterosexual peers? What are the unique challenges, strengths, and issues among this population? How can we harvest the resiliency and minimize the risk impacting LGBTQA+ people and their lives? 

I hope that my research can add to knowledge as well as inform public debates about parenting, gender, sexual orientation, and children’s development. 


Feel free to contact me with questions or suggestions at slt35 at psu dot edu