Center Leadership

Beth S. Russell, Ph.D.

Center Director

Dr. Russell is a Senior Research Associate at the CARHD. She is an Associate Professor in Human Development and Family Sciences. Dr. Russell’s research interests include emotion regulation, specifically the modulation of psychological distress; parent-child relationships; processes mediating the development of self-regulation skills; and challenges to adaptive self-regulation that are normative (i.e., the birth of a child, substance use in adolescence, or the transition to adulthood) and atypical (e.g., chronic stressors including poverty, or caring for a chronically ill child). She often utilizes mixed methods research approaches and is an expert is measure development and program evaluation. She is currently an associate editor of the Journal of Child & Family Studies, and serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Primary Prevention, and Family Relations.


Sabatelli015Ronald Sabatelli, Ph.D.

Emeritus Director

Dr. Sabatelli is a Senior Research Associate at the CARHD. He is a former Professor and Department Head in Human Development and Family Sciences and served as Center Director from 2015-2018. 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.


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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.