Stephen M Gavazzi

Professor, Human Development and Family Science & Dean/Director, Ohio State Mansfield Campus, The Ohio State University

Dr Gavazzi’s research historically has concentrated on how families influence the development and well-being of children and teenagers, with special attention paid to the impact of marriage and family dynamics on adolescent development, educational success, mental health, and behavior problems. He has written a book for parents entitled "Strong Families, Successful Students" that was published in 2010, and a textbook entitled "Families with Adolescents: Bridging the Gaps between Theory, Research, and Practice" that was published in 2011. For the past four years as Dean and Director of the Ohio State Mansfield campus, Dr. Gavazzi has focused his work on the impact that universities have on community and economic development. His work on town-gown issues makes ample use of the training he received as a family therapist, and has given rise to the development of a typology that draws parallels between campus-community relationships and marriages.

Experience

  • –present
    Professor, Human Development and Family Science & Dean/Director, Ohio State University