Center for Family and Demographic Research
Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Ph.D., The University of Tennessee, 2000
Professor Gerard's research focuses on pre- and early adolescent development and the social factors that pose a risk to psychological growth during these periods. Her current work includes analyses of how parents' marital hostility "spills over" into their children's lives and fuels the development of youth problem behaviors youth maladjustment. She is also using the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health (ADD Health) to study the combined effects of individual, family and environmental characteristics on child development. A primary aim of this work is to identify protective factors that buffer youth from the deleterious influence of cumulative risk exposure.
Booth, M. Z. & Gerard, J. M. (2012). Adolescents’ stage-environment fit in middle and high school: The relationship between students’ perceptions of their schools and themselves. Youth and Society.
Buehler, C. & Gerard, J. M. (2012). Cumulative family risk predicts increases in adjustment difficulties across early adolescence. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 41(7).
Booth, M. Z. & Gerard, J. (2011) Self-esteem and academic achievement: A comparative study of adolescents in British and American schools. Compare, 41(5), 629-648.
Stacks, A.M., Oshio, T., Gerard, J.M., & Roe, J.R. (2009). The moderating effect of parental warmth on the association between spanking and child aggression: A longitudinal approach. Infant and Child Development, 18, 178-194.
Benson, M.J., Buehler, C., & Gerard, J.M. (2008). Interparental hostility and early adolescent problem behavior: Spillover via maternal acceptance, harshness, inconsistency, and intrusiveness. The Journal of Early Adolescence, 28(3), 428-454.
Gerard, J.M., Landry-Meyer, L., & Guzell-Roe, J.R. (2006). Grandparents raising grandchildren: The role of social support in coping with caregiver challenges. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 62, 359-383.
Gerard, J.M., Krishnakumar, A., & Buehler, C. (2006). Marital conflict, parent-child relations, and youth maladjustment: A longitudinal investigation of spillover effects. Journal of Family Issues, 27, 951-975
Buehler, C., Benson, M.J., & Gerard, J.M. (2006). Interparental hostility and early adolescent problem behavior: The mediating role of specific aspects of parenting. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 16, 265-292.