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Family, Consumer, and Human Development


Lori A. Roggman

Ph.D., Professor

Email: lori.roggman@usu.edu
Location: FL 129
Office Phone: 797.1545

Research Projects

Parenting and Child Development in At-Risk Families

  • DeAnn Jones (Ph.D., 2009)
  • Katie Christiansen (Ph.D., 2008)
  • Jeng Hyun Ok (M.S., 2007)
  • Cherri Holbrook (M.S., 2004)
  • Wade Taylor (M.S., 2001)
  • Lisa Boyce (Ph.D., 1999)


Ph.D., 1988, University of Texas (Developmental Psychology)
M.S., 1981, Utah State University (Family & Human Development)
B.S., 1972, Utah State University (Psychology)


Human Development Theories (6060)
Frontiers of Human Development (7060)
Infancy (6510/7510) Parenting (6910/7910)

Research Interests

  • "Developmental” parenting that supports children’s early development
  • Interventions to support developmental parenting
  • Effective home-visiting strategies
  • Father-child relationships
  • Attachment relationships, from infancy to adulthood
  • Play behavior in relation to development, from infancy to adulthood
  • Early language and literacy development

Current Research Opportunities for Students

Natural Parenting: Exploratory study of caregiving practices in early infancy.

  • Parenting patterns -- do parents follow a "natural" or "marketed" approach?
  • Caregiving outcomes -- do feeding, sleeping, and carrying predict development?

Low-income Families in Utah and nationally (Early Head Start): USU is one of 15 national study sites following children from infancy to 5th grade whose families were in Early Head Start.

  • longitudinal development--what early indicators predict later development?
  • Parenting--what parenting behaviors and attitudes predict later development?
  • Father involvement--what aspects of f early father involvement predict later development?

Middle-income Families in Utah (Parent-Toddler, 1 TO 7, Up to 8th & 12th): We recently collected data from high school seniors who were studied in infancy and 2nd  & 8th grades

  • Attachment: does early security support better academic and psychosocial outcomes?
  • Language: do early joint attention and conversation foster later academic outcomes?

Measurement of Parenting (PICCOLO): We have used over 4,000 observations of parenting interactions to develop a valid, reliable, easy-to-use measure for both researchers and practitioners.

  • Affection: warmth and positive behaviors that promote child development
  • Responsiveness: sensitive behaviors that promote child development
  • Encouragement: supportive behaviors that promote child development
  • Teaching: playful conversational behaviors that promote child development

New Projects

Other research interests depend on student interest and funding opportunities.

  • Home visiting strategies for working with parents of young children
  • Training strategies for practitioners in the field
  • Teaching strategies for students in FCHD and related fields