Dr. Juraska and her students examine hormonal influences on neuronal structure across the lifespan. Their emphasis is on cognitive parts of the rat brain, such as the cerebral cortex, corpus callosum and hippocampus, and on cognitive behavior. Her current projects are on the neural and behavioral changes during puberty and adolescence and the effects of endocrine disruptors (BPA, phthalates) on the early development of the nervous system and behavior. Dr. Juraska's complete bio can be found here.
Dr. Jodi Flaws is a professor in comparative biosciences, and her research focuses on determining the mechanisms by which environmental chemicals, such as pesticides and plasticizers, affect the development and function of the ovary. Her research is funded by grants from the NIH and EPA. She has published over 190 peer-reviewed papers and mentored 26 graduate students, 9 postdoctoral fellows, 6 veterinary medical students, and 21 undergraduate students. Dr. Flaws served as president of the Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology Specialty Section for SOT. She currently serves as an associate editor for several journals: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, Environmental Health Perspectives, Toxicological Sciences, and Reproductive Toxicology. She has served on numerous NIH study sections that review reproductive toxicology grant applications. Dr. Flaws' complete bio can be found here.
Rachel A. Gordon is a Professor of Sociology and Faculty Fellow of the Honors College at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a faculty member of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois. Gordon's research broadly aims to measure and model the contexts of children and families' lives, often using longitudinal data sets. Gordon has received a wide range of funding for her research and engagement activities, including research grants from the U.S. Department of Education (Institute of Education Sciences), National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture (Research and Innovation Development Grants in Economics in the Economic Research Service), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation), and the U.S. Department of Labor (evaluation contract through Jobs for Youth/Chicago) as well as engagement-related grants from the Foundation for Child Development, MacArthur Foundation, and the William T. Grant Foundation. Dr. Gordon's complete bio can be found here.
Dr. Wirtz received a PhD in Mass Communication in 2009 from the University of Minnesota. After completing his PhD, Wirtz was Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University for three years, before joining the Department of Advertising at the College of Media. Wirtz’s research focuses on the intersection of interpersonal communication and mass media content.
Dr. Teran-Garcia obtained her MDD from the National University Autonomous of Mexico and did her pediatric residency at the National Institute of Pediatrics in Mexico. In 2001, she received her PhD in Metabolism/Nutrient-Gene Interactions from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Teran-Garcia has experience in clinical nutrition, nutrigenetics, and childhood obesity. In August of 2008, she joined the faculty of Food Science and Human Nutrition as an Assistant Professor in Nutrition. Dr. Teran-Garcia's complete bio can be found here.
A Professor Emerita in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Dr. Shapiro helped plan with Doris Kelley Christopher the ways that her gifts of over $12 million could be used for a new campus building, a campus-community lecture series, seed money for faculty grants and graduate student fellowships, and an endowed chair. She also initiated efforts that resulted in the building of the Early Child Development Laboratory. Her research, resulting in five books and dozens of articles, focuses on the emotional impact of problems in reproductive health, especially infertility and pregnancy loss. Dr. Shapiro received her PhD from Cornell University. Dr. Shapiro's complete bio can be found here.
A Professor in the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism, Professor Stodolska's research focuses on leisure behavior of ethnic and racial minorities and on constraints on leisure. She explores subjects such as the effects of race and ethnicity on leisure behavior of recent immigrants, issues of cultural change and adaptation among minority groups, and transnationalism. She received her PhD in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Alberta. Dr. Stodolska's complete bio can be found here.
A Professor for the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Dr. Raffaelli's research is focused on the developmental risk and resilience among diverse populations (e.g., homeless and impoverished Brazilian youth, children of divorce, immigrant families), adaptation and well-being of rural Latino youth and families, and gender-related socialization in Latino families. She received her PhD in Psychology in Human Development from the University of Chicago in 1990. Dr. Raffaelli's complete bio can be found here.
Dr. Nelson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Advertising. Her research, professional marketing communication experience, and teaching focus primarily on international advertising and consumer behavior. She has conducted research, taught, and worked in Austria, Denmark and England. Nelson has published more than 50 book chapters and articles in leading journals such as the Journal of Advertising, the International Journal of Advertising, and the Journal of Advertising Research. In addition to 15 years of teaching, Nelson also brings professional experience in nonprofit, trade, and high-tech organizations. Dr. Nelson's complete bio can be found here.
An Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Dr. McElwain's research is focused on the physiological and neural correlates of emotion regulation, child-parent attachment and children’s social-emotional competence, maternal speech prosody and mother-child interaction, parental socialization of emotion, family-peer linkages, and children's friendships. She received her PhD in Psychology from the University of Michigan. Dr. McElwain's complete bio can be found here.