Elizabeth T. Gershoff

Dr. Elizabeth Gershoff

Associate Professor

HDFS Faculty
Office: SEA 2.456
Lab: SEA 2.408


Office: 512-471-4800
Lab: 512-471-4947
Fax: 512-475-8662


Work: liz.gershoff@austin.utexas.edu

Research Interests

Elizabeth Gershoff’s current research interests center on four topics: (1) how parental discipline affects child and youth development; (2) how contexts of poverty, neighborhoods, schools, and cultures affect children, youth, and families; (3) how exposure to various forms of violence (from parents, communities, and terrorism) affect child and youth development; and (4) how enriched early childhood educational environments can improve the lives of low income children and their families. Dr. Gershoff is committed to using advanced applications of structural equation modeling and hierarchical modeling to understand the dynamic and multilayered contexts of children’s lives.

Select Publications

Gershoff, E. T., Lansford, J. E., Sexton, H. R., Davis-Kean, P. E., & Sameroff, A. J. (2012). Longitudinal links between spanking and children’s externalizing behaviors in a national sample of White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian American Families. Child Development, 83, 838-843. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2011.01732.x

Purtell, K., Gershoff, E. T., & Aber, J. L. (2012). Low income families’ utilization of the federal “safety net”: Individual and state-level predictors of TANF and food stamp receipt. Children and Youth Services Review, 34, 713-724. DOI:10.1016/j.childyouth.2011.12.016

Gershoff, E. T. (2010). More harm than good: A summary of scientific research on the intended and unintended effects of corporal punishment on children. Law and Contemporary Problems, 73, 33-58.

Gershoff, E. T., Aber, J. L., Ware, A., & Kotler, J. (2010). Exposure to 9/11 among youth and their mothers in New York City: Enduring associations with mental health and sociopolitical attitudes. Child Development, 81, 1142-1160. PMID: 20636687

Gershoff, E. T., Grogan-Kaylor, A., Lansford, J. E., Chang, L., Zelli, A., Deater-Deckard, K., & Dodge, K. A. (2010). Parent discipline practices in six countries: Frequency of use, associations with child behaviors, and moderation by cultural normativeness. Child Development, 81, 480-495. PMID: 20438455.

Current Grants

Preschool, Home, and School Contexts as Determinants of Head Start (2011-2014), Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (1R01HD06956). PI: E. Gershoff; CoIs: D. A. Crosby, G. J. Duncan, A. C. Huston, & K. A. Magnuson.

Courses Recently Taught

HDF 362 – Children and Public Policy

HDF 394 – Prevention, Intervention, and Evaluation in HDFS
HDF 380K.4 – Advanced Regression and Structural Equation Models
HDF 395 – Contextual Influences on Individual and Family Development