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Aryn M Dotterer

Child Development and Family Studies 

  • Assistant Professor – CDFS/Extension Education

Youth Development and Agricultural Education 

  • Assistant Professor HDFS / YDAE
  • Interdepartmental Assistant Professor
765.496.1762
Fowler Memorial House Room 203
1200 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2055

Research Interest:
My research is grounded in developmental and ecological approaches to the study of children’s and adolescents’ school experiences and academic achievement. I am particularly interested in gender, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic variations in school engagement and academic achievement, with attention to the role that families play in parenting and socialization. For example, I am currently comparing two models of family influence to examine racial disparities in children’s pre-academic knowledge. A related area of interest is in development and growth of children’s academic achievement over time and the use of the best methods to examine longitudinal models of process and change. I am currently using a multilevel modeling strategy to examine the extent to which early academic skills in pre-kindergarten are related to later academic achievement in early adolescence.

Other Links:
CDFS

Awards & Honors

(2013) Excellence in Family Research. Center for Families, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.

(2012) Ann Hancook Award. Purdue Pregnancy Education for Adolescents through Extension Team.

(2011) Diversity Fellow. Diversity Resource Office at Purdue University.

(2009) Teaching for Tomorrow. Office of the Provost, Purdue University.

(2013) Excellence in Family Research. Center for Families, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.

(2012) Ann Hancook Award. Purdue Pregnancy Education for Adolescents through Extension Team.

(2011) Diversity Fellow. Diversity Resource Office at Purdue University.

(2009) Teaching for Tomorrow. Office of the Provost, Purdue University.

(2006) Fisher Fellowship recipient. Pennsylvania State University.

(2008) Post-Doctoral Research Training Fellowship in Education Sciences at FPG. U.S. Department of Education.

Selected Publications

Lowe, K., Dotterer, A. M., & Francisco, J. S. (2015). “If I pay, I have a say:” Parental payment of college education as a predictor of freshmen students’ reports of helicopter parenting. Emerging Adulthood, 3, 286-290. doi:10.1177/2167696815579831

Wehrspann, E. A., Lowe, K., & Dotterer, A. M. (2015). “If I pay, I have a say:” Parental payment of college education as a predictor of freshmen students’ reports of helicopter parenting. Contemporary School Psychology. doi:10.1007/s40688-015-0071-9

Dotterer, A. M., & Lowe, K. (in press). Discrimination, parenting, and academic adjustment among racial/ethnic minority adolescents: Exploring direct and indirect pathways. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology.

Dorsch, T. E., Lowe, K., Dotterer, A. M., & Lyons, L. (in press). Parent involvement in young adults’ intercollegiate athletic careers: Developmental considerations and applied recommendations. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport.

Fingerman, K., Vanderdrift, L., Birditt, K., & Zarit, S. (in press). Vanderdrift, L. E., Dotterer, A. M., Birditt, K. S., & Zarit, S. (in press). Support of grown children and aging parents in Black and White families. The Gerotonlogist.

McHale, S., & Kim, J. (in press). An ecological perspective on the media and youth development. American Behavioral Scientist.

Burchinal, M., Bryant, D., Early, D., & Pianta, R. (2009). Comparing universal and targeted pre-K programs. In The Promise of Pre-Kindergarten (65-76). Baltimore: Brookes.

Fingerman, K., & Whiteman, S. (in press). Mother-child relationships in adolescence and adulthood. In Encyclopedia of human relationships.

McHale, S., & Crouter, A. (2009). Sociocultural factors and school engagement among African American youth: The roles of racial discrimination, racial socialization and ethnic identity. Applied Developmental Science, 13, 61-73.

McHale, S., Kim, J., Crouter, A., & Booth, A. (2009). The Development of Gendered Interests and Personality Qualities from Middle Childhood through Adolescence: A Bio-Social Analysis. Child Development, 80, 482-495.