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Center Leadership

Sabatelli015Ronald Sabatelli, Ph.D.

Acting Center Director

Dr. Sabatelli is a Senior Research Associate at the CARHD. He is a Professor and Department Head in Human Development and Family Studies. Dr. Sabatelli’s research interests include family interaction processes; processes mediating the formation, maintenance, and breakup of intimate dyads; measurement and assessment of the qualities and dimensions of intimate partnerships and family functioning; the influence of family-of-origin factors upon the structure and experience of parenthood; and adolescent and young adult development. He is currently the editor of Family Relations, an Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Studies, published on behalf of the National Council on Family Relations.




IMG_6045Danielle Annett, Ph.D.

Associate Director

Dr. Annett is the Associate Director of CARHD and Assistant Research Professor.  She began her career as a School Psychologist working with students referred out of their home schools due to behavioral, social/emotional challenges.  In her time as a school psychologist and specifically engaging in the functional behavior assessment process, she found that many recommendations were systemically and / or environmentally based leading her to pursue additional graduate work in Educational Psychology in order to address systemic issues for all children.  Her recent research focuses on the achievement gap and designing environments and interventions to empower students to achieve and counselors to connect.  In partnership with Robert Colbert, Ph.D. Danielle has developed a multi-tiered system of support for urban high schools that integrates counseling standards and the Common Core while focusing on culturally competent college and career readiness through a supportive curriculum.  She has expertise in understanding student achievement within specific contexts while considering factors that contribute to student and school success.  She also emphasizes home, school, and community collaboration to create continuity across rich cultural environments to maximize success.  In addition, Danielle has comprehensive assessment expertise and engages in supportive program evaluation and action planning.

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Stephen Anderson, Ph.D.

Emeritus Director

Dr. Anderson was the inaugural Director of the Center for Applied Research in Human Development, serving as the director from September 1999 through September 2014.  Dr. Anderson also served as the Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program for a number of years between 1987 and 2012, the Dean for the School of Family Studies from 1993 to 1995, and as a Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies starting in 1982.  Dr. Anderson’s research interests include evaluation of prevention and clinical intervention programs, adolescent and youth development, and assessment of marital and family functioning. He is the co-author of two books on family therapy and an undergraduate textbook on family interaction. He has received the postgraduate research award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the Award for Distinguished Contribution from the Professional of Marriage and Family Therapy, and the University Alumni Fellow Award from Kansas State University.