GERSHOFF, ELIZABETH T

Elizabeth T Gershoff

Professor
Human Dev & Family Sci


liz.gershoff@austin.utexas.edu

Phone: 512-471-4800

Office Location
SEA 2.456

Postal Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Human Dev and Family Sci, College of Natural Sciences
108 E. Dean Keeton St. A2702
SEA 1.142A
Austin, TX 78712

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin (1998)
M.A., University of Texas at Austin (1995)
B.A., University of Virginia (1992)

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.

RESEARCH GRANTS -- AWARDED

Years

Title

Funder

PI(s)

CoI(s)

Total Award

2011-2015

Preschool, Home, and School Contexts as Determinants of Head Start

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (1R01HD069564)

E. T. Gershoff

D. A. Crosby, G. J. Duncan, A. C. Huston, & K. A. Magnuson

$1,187,939

2014-2015

Expanding and Enhancing Two Generation Strategy Initiatives

Foundation for Child Development

C. King

E.T. Gershoff, A. C. Huston, T. Smith

$349,561

2014

No Hit Zones: A Public Health Approach to Reducing Violence Against Children

Population Research Center, University of Texas at Austin

E. T. Gershoff

--

$6,800

2008-2012

Dynamic Socioeconomic Disadvantage: Children in Family and School Contexts

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (2R01HD042144)

E. T. Gershoff & J. L. Aber

C. C. Raver & R. J. Wagmiller

$849,373

2007-2012

Family Transitions and Toddler Development: A Within-Family Perspective

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (1R01HD054573)

B. Volling

E. T. Gershoff, R. R. Gonzalez, & S. L. Olson

$2,418,742

2007

Spring/Summer Research Grant

Rackham School of Graduate Studies, University of Michigan

E. T. Gershoff

--

$4,000

2003-2004

Youth Violence in Multilevel Neighborhood Context

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (R49/CCR218598-04)

E. T. Gershoff

J. L. Aber

$147,150

2002-2008

Dynamic Socioeconomic Disadvantage: Effects on Children

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (1R01HD042144)

E. T. Gershoff & J. L. Aber

M. C. Lennon & C. C. Raver

$1,932,831

2001-2005

Dynamic Comorbidity and Prevention in High-Risk Youth

National Institute of Mental Health (R01MH063685)

J. L. Aber

E. T. Gershoff

$1,103,625

2000-2005

Youth Follow-Up of a School Violence Prevention Program

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (R49/CCR218598-01)

J. L. Aber

E. T. Gershoff

$693,869

Select Publications

Ansari, A., & Gershoff, E. T. (2015, in press). The indirect effect of instruction on achievement in the early years: Mediation through behavior problems. Social Development.

Lee, S. J., Altschul, I., & Gershoff, E. T. (2015, in press). Wait until your father gets home? Fathers' and mothers' spanking and development of child aggression. Children and Youth Services Review. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.11.006

Purtell, K. M.& Gershoff, E. T. (2015, in press). Fast food consumption & academic growth in late childhood. Clinical Pediatrics.

Gershoff, E. T., Purtell, K. M., & Holas, I. (2015). Corporal Punishment in U.S. Public Schools: Legal Precedents, Current Practices, and Future Policy. Springer Briefs in Psychology Series, Advances in Child and Family Policy and Practice Subseries. ISBN 978-3-319-14817-5

Moed, A., Gershoff, E. T., Eisenberg, N., Hofer, C., Spinrad, T., Losoya, S., & Liew, J. (2014). Parent-adolescent conflict as sequences of reciprocal negative emotion: Links with conflict resolution and adolescents' behavior problems. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. Published online. DOI 10.1007/s10964-014-0209-5

Gershoff, E. T. (2013). Spanking and child development: We know enough now to stop hitting our children. Child Development Perspectives, 7, 133-137. DOI: 10.1111/cdep.12038

Gershoff, E. T., Mistry, R. S., & Crosby, D. A. (Eds.). (2013). Societal Contexts of Child Development. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780199943913

Lee, S. J., Altschul, I., & Gershoff, E. T. (2013). Does warmth moderate longitudinal associations between maternal spanking and child aggression in early childhood? Developmental Psychology, 49, 2017-2028. DOI: 10.1037/a0031630

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 an international sample: Associations with child behaviors and moderation by perceived normativeness. Child Development, 81, 487-502. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2009.01409.x

2015                 Nominated by the University of Texas at Austin for the University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award 

2014                 Lifetime Legacy Achievement Award, Center for the Human Rights of Children, Loyola University Chicago

2014                 Outstanding Graduate Advisor Award, Graduate School, University of Texas at Austin

2014                 Society for Research on Adolescence Social Policy Award for Best Edited Book

2013                 Fellow, Association for Psychological Science

2013                 College of Natural Sciences Teaching Excellence Award, University of Texas at Austin

2010                 Appreciation Award for Work with Students with Disabilities, Services for Students with Disabilities, University of Texas at Austin

1996-1997         University Graduate Continuing Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin

1996                 Summer Public Policy Fellowship, Center for Young Children and Families,

  Teacher’s College, Columbia University

1992-1994         University Graduate Recruitment Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin

1988-1992         Echols Scholar, University of Virginia

Conference Presentations Since 2010

Gershoff, E. T. (2015, August). A hospital-based approach to reducing support for and use of spanking. Paper to be presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Ontario.

Ansari, A., Purtell, K., & Gershoff, E. T. (2015, March). Head Start effects for parents: Who stands to benefit the most? Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.

Gershoff, E. T., Ansari, A., & Purtell, K. (2015, March). Head Start improves child behavior and vocabulary by decreasing parents’ spanking and increasing parents’ reading to children. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.

Purtell, K., Gershoff, E. T., & Ansari, A. (2015, March). Sequences of childcare across the preschool years and low-income children’s school readiness. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.

Ansari, A., & Gershoff, E. T. (2014, May). Head Start effects beyond the classroom: Parent involvement promotes children’s school readiness by changing parenting. Poster presented at The Population Association of America Annual Meeting. Boston, Massachusetts.

Ansari, A., & Gershoff, E. T, (2014, April). Head Start effects for parents: Who stands to benefit the most? Poster presented at the Strengthening Connections Among Child and Family Research, Policy, and Practice Special Topic Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Alexandria, Virginia.

Purtell, K., Gershoff, E. T., Herrera, A. W., Carpenter, S., Horton, K., & Meunier, L. (2014, April). Play To Learn: An evaluation of a community-based program promoting parent involvement in children’s early learning. Poster presented at the Strengthening Connections Among Child and Family Research, Policy, and Practice Special Topic Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Alexandria, Virginia.

Moed, A., Gershoff, E.T., Eisenberg, N., Losoya, S. Liew, J., Hofer, C., & Spinrad, T. (March, 2013). Who Started It? And Who Ended It? Roles in Parent-Adolescent Conflicts and Their Implications for Behavior Problems. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Human Development, Austin, Texas.

Gershoff, E. T., Holas, I., & Purtell, K. M. (2013, November). Impacts of state-level school corporal punishment bans on change in juvenile crime. Paper to be presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Annual Meeting, Washington, D C.

Purtell, K. M., & Gershoff, E. T. (2013, November). The “skill begets skill” hypothesis and the experimental effects of Head Start on children’s academic skills and social behaviors. Paper to be presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

Gershoff, E. T. (2013, August). Spanking and its consequences for children: New meta-analyses and old controversies. Annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.

Purtell, K. M. & Gershoff, E. T. (2013). This is your brain on fast food: Fast food consumption predicts slower academic growth in late childhood. Paper presented at the Society for Research on Child Development Biennial Meeting, Seattle, WA.

Gershoff, E. T., & Purtell, K. M. (2013). Does “skill beget skill” for the experimental effect of Head Start? Paper presented at the Society for Research on Child Development Biennial Meeting, Seattle., WA

Purtell, K. M., Kendig, S. M., Crosnoe, R., & Gershoff, E. T. (2012). Teenage mothers’ utilization of health benefits and their children’s health and development.  Paper presented at the Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial Meeting, Vancouver.

Purtell, K. M.& Gershoff E. T. (2011). Family TANF use and trajectories of children’s development: Patterns and processes. Paper presented at the 14th Annual Welfare, Research, and Evaluation Conference, Washington D.C.

Wolf, S., Aber, J. L., & Gershoff. E. T. (2012, February). The relationship between school violence and crime, parenting practices, and child outcomes: Results from a national sample. Positive Development of Minority Children Themed Meeting, Society for Research in Child Development, Tampa, FL.

Gershoff, E. T. (2011, April). Middle childhood covariation of depression and conduct problems in a community-based sample: Differences by gender and race/ethnicity. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Undergraduate Courses

HDF 313, Child Development

HDF 362, Children and Public Policy

UGS 303, Modern Family

Graduate Courses

HDF 380K.4, Advanced Regression and Structural Equation Modeling

HDF 394, Prevention, Intervention and Evaluation

HDF 395, Contextual Influences on Indivdiual and Family Development