Joe F. Pittman, Jr. Ph.D.
Professor & Head
Ph.D., University of Georgia, 1984
(334) 844-4151 | 203 Spidle Hall
My recent research interests have focused broadly on linkages between processes of identity formation and the dynamics of close relationships during adolescence and early adulthood. Young adulthood is of particular interest because it is a developmental period marked by many important changes that include the acquisition of new roles and changing expectations regarding interpersonal relationships. I have also become intrigued with the role of adult attachment orientations in the context of identity exploration, the formation of close relationships. My research interests include an applied side.
In the last 6 years I have worked with collaborators Jennifer Kerpelman and Francesca Adler-Baeder and a number of graduate students in a major evaluation of a relationships education curriculum for high school aged teens. This study has included over 8,000 Alabama students in hundreds of classrooms across the State. Finally, my research interests over my career have spanned a substantially wider range, including work-family issues, dynamics of family work, and family factors in child and spouse abuse.