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Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan

Professor Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan received her B.A. in Psychology from Northwestern University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Schoppe-Sullivan is a nationally and internationally recognized expert on coparenting, father-child relationships, and the transition to parenthood, and a Fellow of the National Council on Family Relations. Her research has been funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Schoppe-Sullivan is a deputy editor of the Journal of Marriage and Family, as well as a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Family Psychology, Parenting: Science and Practice, and the Journal of Family Theory and Review. Dr. Schoppe-Sullivan has also received numerous awards recognizing the high quality of her teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.

Dr. Schoppe-Sullivan’s research focuses on the family as the primary context for young children’s social-emotional development, with three central areas of interest: (1) coparenting relationships – how effectively adults within families coordinate their roles as parents – and the implications of the quality of coparenting relationships for child and family functioning; (2) the roles of fathers in families, particularly the roles of fathers within coparenting relationships; and (3) the effects of children’s characteristics and behavior on family relationships.


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