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Family, Consumer, and Human Development


Troy E. Beckert

Ph.D., Associate Professor

Email: troy.beckert@usu.edu
Location: FL 220
Office Phone: 797.1570

Research Projects

Cognitive Autonomy

  • Troy E. Beckert Ph.D.
  • Lauralee Lyons (MS, 2013)
  • Chien-Ti Lee (Ph.D., 2010)
  • Matt Reiser (MS, 2006)
  • Ruth Thompson (MS, 2006)

Intergenerational Relationships

  • Troy E. Beckert Ph.D.
  • Thane R. Goodrich (Ph.D., 2009)
  • Tyler D. Patrick (MS, 2006)
  • Anne K. Weed (MS, 2006)
  • Kathryn E. Darre (MS, 2006)

Technology and Adolescent Development

  • Troy E. Beckert Ph.D.
  • Tessa Cutler (MS, 2014)
  • Sarah Tulane (Ph.D., 2012)
  • Elizabeth Davis (MS 2010)

Current Study on Adolescent Internet-Cell Phone Use


Arizona State University:
Doctor of Philosophy, Educational Psychology, May 1998
Masters of Arts, Educational Psychology, May 1995
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, May 1989

Research Interests

My interests in adolescents and their families shape a quantitative research focus on intergenerational learning and cognitive development. Currently I have three main directions in my research.  We are assessing cognitive autonomy in adolescents of both at-risk and culturally diverse populations.  We are also looking at the influence of technology on adolescent psychosocial development.  Additionally, I am involved in a large-scale project that evaluates the educational benefits of polling in secondary education students.  Other areas of research include multi-generational assessments of mothers, fathers, and grandparents of early adolescent children.


USU Courses:
FCHD 1500 Lifespan Development
FCHD 3130 Research Methods
FCHD 3520 Children in the Middle Years
FCHD 3530 Adolescence
FCHD 6020 Survey of Research in Human Development
FCHD 6030 Research Methods
FCHD 6060 Theories of Human Development
FCHD 6530/7530 Adolescent Development
FCHD 6500/7500 Intergenerational Learning
FCHD 7060 Advanced Theories and Research in Human Development