Ph.D. Human Development / Family Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1999
M.S. Human Development / Family Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1997
B.A. Communications, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, 1983
• Couple and Relationship Education for Youth and Adults
• Intimate and coparenting relationships
• Fatherhood and Prevention Program Evaluation
• Mindfulness-based Interventions
HDFS 4670 Parent Education
HDFS 8020 Adult Relationships
HDFS 7900 Independent Study ( Graduate )
HDFS 3910 Practicum ( Undergraduate)
HDFS 7910 Practicum ( Graduate )
HDFS 3920 Service Learning
HDFS 3990 and 4990 Undergraduate Research
2019 AU Alumni Professor
2018 Margaret E. Arcus Outstanding Family Life Educator Award, National Council on Family Relations
2016 APLU Board on Human Sciences Outstanding Engagement Award
2015 National Council on Family Relations Fellow
2013 Auburn University Excellence in Faculty Outreach Award
2009 Auburn University Distinguished Diversity Researcher Award
2007 HDFS Faculty Excellence Award
2007 Alabama Dept. of Human Resources Strengthening Alabama FamiliesAward
2006 External Funding Award, Alabama Cooperative Extension System
Alabama Community Healthy Marriage Initiative/ Alabama Healthy Relationship and Marriage Education Initiative
- Oct 2006 - 2020
Principal Investigator and Project Director. Statewide outreach and research project in partnership with the Family Resource Center Network, and a consortium of other State and community agencies focused on promoting relational health among youth and adults through access to relationship education in schools and the community. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance.
Evaluation Study of the Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Programs
- Aug 2006 - Aug 2009; Aug 2015 – 2021
Principal Investigator. Evaluation of the 150+prevention programs funded by ADCANP in the areas of parenting, fatherhood, marriage education, respite care, and youth development.
The impact of relationships/marriage education among ethnically-diverse low-resource youth: A short-term longitudinal study.
Oct 2005 - Sept 2010
Co-Principal Investigator. Kerpelman, J., Principal Investigator; Pittman, J., Co-Principal Investigator. Statewide implementation and study of the Healthy Couples/Healthy Children - Targeted Youth program - school-based relationship education in Family and Consumer Science classes and in Health classes. 5-year study. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation.
Understanding ethnic minority stepfamily development and dynamics.
2006 - present
Principal Investigator. Qualitative study of African American and Latino stepfamily couples and teens.
Program Impact Study of the Alabama Children's Trust Fund Grantee Programs -
Aug 2006 - Aug 2009
Principal Investigator. Co-Principal Investigators, J. Kerpelman and J. Pittman. 3-year contract to evaluate the 200+ programs funded by CTF in the areas of parenting, fatherhood, marriage education, respite care, and youth development.
The Alabama Marriage and Family Project.
Oct 2005 - May 2007
Principal Investigator and Project Director. Partnering with AU's College of Business to serve as an Intermediary organization focused on building capacity among community-based agencies in Alabama for organizational viability and sustainability and on building specific capacity to provide programs that support healthy marriages, responsible fatherhood, and family stability. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Compassion Capital Fund.
Adler-Baeder, F. & Higginbotham, B. (2020; invited) Efforts to design, implement,
and evaluate community-based education for stepfamilies: Current knowledge and future directions. Family Relations. doi.org/10.1111/fare.12427
McGill, J. & Adler-Baeder, F. (in press). An evaluation of ELEVATE: Taking Your
Relationship to the Next Level. Family Relations.
Savasuk-Luxton, R., Adler-Baeder, F., & Haselschwerdt, M.L. (2018). Understanding change in violence- related attitudes for adolescents in relationship education. Journal of Adolescence. 63, 153-164.
McGill, J., & Adler-Baeder, F. (2017). The effects of teaching relationship education on family life educators. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension
Lucier-Greer, M. Birney, A. Gutierrez, T., & Adler-Baeder, F. (2018) Enhancing relationship
skills and couple functioning with mobile technology: An evaluation of the Love Every Day mobile intervention, Journal of Family Social Work, 21:2,152-171, DOI: 10.1080/10522158.2017.1410267
Selected Curriculum and Outreach Publication/Resources
, McGill, J., Landers, A., & Odomes, R. (2019). Considering Contextual
Influences on Fatherhood Program Participants’ Experiences in Alabama, Fatherhood Research and Practice Network. https://www.frpn.org/asset/frpn-grantee-report-considering-contextual-influences-fatherhood-program-participants%E2%80%99
McGill, J., Ketring, S., & Adler-Baeder,
(2016). Couples Connecting Mindfully. 6-module
CRE curriculum. Leader guide, facilitator and implementation guide, power points, background information, videos. Auburn University.
Futris, T., Adler-Baeder, F.
et al., (2014). ELEVATE: Taking Your Relationship to the Next Level. Multi-session CRE curriculum. http://www.nermen.org/ELEVATE.php
, Garneau, C., Jackel, R., Wagoner, T., Landers, A., & Harcourt, K.T. (2012). Raising Your Child Together: A Guide for Unmarried Parents. HE-0944, ACES. https://www.alabamamarriage.org/assets/uploads/2020/03/RaisingYourChildTogether.pdf
Futris, T. & Adler-Baeder, F.
(Eds.) (2013). The National Extension Relational and Marriage
Education Model: Empirically-derived core concepts for programs. U.S. Department of
Agriculture/Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service. https://www.fcs.uga.edu/nermen
, Higginbotham, B.,* Shramm, D.,* & Paulk, A.* (2006). The Alabama Marriage Handbook. HE: 829, Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
Reprinted as The Healthy Marriage Handbook for use in other states (2007).