Michigan State University

College of Social Science

Human Development Initiative

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The Human Development Initiative, begun in 2009, is a community of scholars throughout the university interested in development across the lifespan. The initiative creates venues where scholars involved in cutting-edge research in the social and health sciences (including genetics, neuroscience, and psychosocial development) can focus on the intersections between their own work and that of other researchers. We invite faculty and graduate students to join us at our bi-weekly brown bag speaker series and our fall and spring colloquia.

Van Egeren Laurie Van Egeren
Director of CERC; Co-Director of NCSUE
Ph.D. Michigan State University 1999
Masters Michigan State University 1996
Bachelors University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 1984
Garden Level Kellogg Center

Research Statement
Dr. Van Egeren conducts program evaluations and basic research in the areas of youth development and after-school programming, science education from preschool through high school, early childhood prevention programs, autism intervention, and coparenting and family dynamics. Her research interests focus on (a) dose-response models applied to program participation and child/family outcomes; and (b) multi-level models assessing organizational and community contributions to individual change.

Research Publications    
2010Wu, H. C., & Van Egeren, L. A. (in press). Voluntary participation and reasons for enrollment in after-school programs: Contributions of race/ethnicity, program quality, and program policies. Journal of Leisure Research.
2008Smith, C. & Van Egeren, L. A. (2008). Bringing in the community: Partnerships and quality assurance in 21st Century Community Learning Centers. After School Matters, Occasional Paper Series, 9, 15-33.
2004Van Egeren, L. A., & Hawkins, D. P. (2004). Coming to terms with coparenting: Implications of definition and measurement. Journal of Adult Development, 11, 165-178.
2004Van Egeren, L. A. (2004). The development of coparenting over the transition to parenthood. Infant Mental Health Journal, 25, 453-477.
2001Van Egeren, L. A., Barratt, M. S., & Roach, M. (2001). Mother-infant responsiveness: Timing, mutual regulation, and interactional context. Developmental Psychology, 37, 684-697.