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Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan

Professor of Human Sciences and Psychology; Faculty Associate of the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy, The Ohio State University

I am a professor of Human Sciences and Psychology (by courtesy appointment) at The Ohio State University. I have taught and conducted research in the Human Development and Family Science program since 2003.

I received my Ph.D. in Psychology (Developmental) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2003. My undergraduate degree was also in Psychology from Northwestern University in 1996.

Scholarly Interests: coparenting, maternal gatekeeping, father-child relationships, transition to parenthood, child influences on family relationships

My research focuses on the family system as the primary context for young children’s socioemotional development. I have three central areas of interest: (1) coparenting relationships – how effectively adults within the family system 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 the family system, 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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  • –present
    Professor of Human Development and Psychology, The Ohio State University


Fellow of the National Council on Family Relations; Recipient of the OSU Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching