Francesca Adler-Baeder Ph.D.
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263 Spidle Hall

Auburn University
College of Human Sciences
261 Mell Street
Auburn, AL 36849

(334) 844-3234




Fun Facts
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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
Research Interest
• Couple and Relationship Education for Youth and Adults
• Intimate and coparenting relationships
• Remarriage/stepfamilies
• Fatherhood and Prevention Program Evaluation
• Mindfulness-based Interventions
Courses Taught
HDFS 4670 Parent Education
HDFS 7900 Independent Study ( Graduate )
HDFS 3910 Practicum ( Undergraduate)
HDFS 7910 Practicum ( Graduate )
HDFS 3920 Service Learning
HDFS 3990 and 4990 Undergraduate Research
2016   APLU Board on Human Sciences Outstanding Engagement Award
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
Research Projects
Alabama Community Healthy Marriage Initiative - Oct 2006 - 2011

Principal Investigator and Project Director. Co-Principal Investigator, T. Smith; Co-Investigators, S. Ketring, J. Kerpelman, J. Pittman, & B. Vaughn. Statewide outreach and research project in partnership with the the Family Resource Center Network, and a consortium of other State and community agencies focused on promoting access to family life educational resources for all citizens and supporting healthy relationships, marriages, and stable families. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance.

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.
Selected Publications
Whittaker, A., Garneau, C., & Adler-Baeder, F. (in press). The effects of relationship education on adolescent gender role attitudes and dating violence acceptance. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension

Lucier-Greer, M., Adler-Baeder, F., Harcourt, K.T., & Gregson, K. (in press). Relationship education for relationally unstable stepcouples – Evaluation of the Smart Steps: Embrace the Journey Curriculum, Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy. 2014 doi: 10.1111/jmft.12069

Bradford, A., Adler-Baeder, F., Ketring, S., Bub, K., Pitman, J., & Smith, T. (2014). Relationship quality and depressed affect among a diverse sample of relationally unstable Relationship Education participants. Family Relations, 63,219-231.

Rauer, A.J., Adler-Baeder, F., Lucier-Greer, M., Skuban, E., Ketring, S., & Smith, T. (2014). Exploring processes of change in couple relationship education: Predictors of change in relationship quality. Journal of Family Psychology, 28, 65-76.

Adler-Baeder, F., Calligas, A., Skuban, E., Keiley, M., Ketring, S. & Smith, T. (2013). Linking changes in couple functioning and parenting among couple relationship education participants. Family Relations, 62, 284-297.

Lucier-Greer, M. & Adler-Baeder, F. (2012). A meta-analysis of stepfamily education programs. Family Relations, 61, 756-769.

Research Labs & Projects