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Scenes from the Department of Human Development and Family Studies

Karen McCurdy

Ph.D. in Human Development & Social Policy, Northwestern University

Teaching Interests:
Child development, social policy, parenting issues.

Research Interests:

  • Parental involvement in family support programs
  • Factors promoting resiliency in children
  • Factors promoting nurturing parenting
  • Preventing child obesity and food insecurity
  • Other scholarly and/or creative work:

  • Prevention of child abuse and neglect
  • Program evaluation research
  • Special Administrative or Advisor Roles:

  • Member, Research Advisory Committee, Prevent Child Abuse - America
  • Member of the Interagency Coordinating Council, Early Intervention
  • Director, Early Intervention Recruitment and Retention Office
  • Selected Publications (2005 to present):

    McCurdy, K., Gorman, K., and Metallinos-Katsaras, E. (in press). From Poverty to Food Insecurity and Child Overweight: A Family Stress Approach. Child Development Perspectives.

    Taylor, M., and McCurdy, K. (in press). The contribution of the helping relationship in promoting retention in a home visitation program to prevent child maltreatment. In E. Douglas (Ed.). Innovations in child and family policy. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

    Daro, D., McCurdy, K., Falconnier, L., Winje, C., Anisfeld, E., Katzev, A., Keim, A., LeCroy, C., and Nelson, C. (2007). The role of community in facilitating service utilization. Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community, 34 (1/2), 181-204.

    Daro, D., and McCurdy, K. (2007). Interventions to prevent child maltreatment. In L. S. Doll, S. Bonzo, J. Mercy, and D. Sleet (Eds.), Handbook of injury and violence prevention (pp. 137-156). Secausus, NJ: Springer.

    McCurdy, K., Daro, D., Anisfeld, E., Katzev, A., Keim, A., LeCroy, C., McAfee, C., Nelson, C., Falconnier, L., McGuigan, W., Park, J., Sandy, J., and Winje, C. (2006). Understanding maternal intentions to engage in home visiting programs. Children and Youth Services Review, 28, 1195-1212.

    McCurdy, K. (2005). The influence of stress and support on maternal attitudes. Child Abuse & Neglect, 29, 251-268.