ChAD Faculty

In addition to being committed teachers, Child and Adolescent Development (ChAD) faculty members are active researchers whose work represents a broad range of interests across the discipline of child development. Our staff are focused on helping students achieve their goals.

Department Chair

Ravisha Mathur, Ph.D.

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ChAD Lunchbox Series: Join us the 3rd Friday of every month to hear about ChAD faculty and student research. 

Some Recent Publications

Izenstark, D., Crossman, K. A., & Middaugh, E. (2022). Examining family-based nature activities among Latinx students: Contexts for reinforcing family relationships and cultural heritage. Annals of Leisure Research, 25(4), 451-471.

Izenstark, D., & Middaugh, E. (2022). Patterns of family-based nature activities across the early life course and their association with adulthood outdoor participation and preference. Journal of Leisure Research, 53(1), 4-26. https://doi.org/10.1080/00222216.2021.1875274

Maffini, C. S., & Dillard, K. C. (2022). Safe & sound? Perceptions of campus safety for Black college students. Race Ethnicity and Education, 25(1), 2-17. https://doi.org/10.1080/13613324.2021.1997972

Marx, R., Maffini, C. S., & Peña, F. (2022). Understanding nonbinary college students’ experiences on college campuses: An exploratory study of mental health, campus Involvement, victimization and safety. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. https://doi.org/10.1037/dhe0000422

Middaugh, E., Bell, S., Kornbluh, M. (2022). Think before you share: Building a civic media literacy framework for everyday contexts. Information and Learning Science, 123(7/8), 421–444. https://doi.org/10.1108/ILS-03-2022-0030

O’Brien, M. D., Marx, R. A., Calzo, J. P., Poteat, V. P., & Ceccolini, C. J. (2022). The Elephant in the GSA: Associations Between Discussions of the 2016 US Presidential Election and Mental Health Outcomes in Gender-Sexuality Alliances. Youth & Society, 0044118X221099049.

Fusaro, M., Lippard, C. N., Cook, G. A., Decker, K. B., Vallotton, C. D., & Collaborative for Understanding the Pedagogy of Infant/toddler Development (CUPID). (2021). The role of practice-based experiences in undergraduates’ infant/toddler caregiving competencies. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 1-14.



Dr. Janet Bang received the 2022-2023 SJSU RSCA grant.
Dr. Cara Maffini and the HDCC team received grants from El Camino Health Foundation (2022-2023) and the SAMHSA (2022-2023)