Joe F. Pittman, Jr. Ph.D.
Professor & Head
Ph.D., University of Georgia, 1984
(334) 844-4151 | 203 Spidle Hall
The majority of my current research is focused on linkages between processes of identity formation among adolescent and young adult individuals. I am particularly interested in the ways in which relationships, and especially close romantic relationships, shape the context of identity formation.
Throughout my career, I have been interested in the identity implications of decisions about time use. This interest lead to some work on dynamics of household task allocations in young married adults and other research addressing more general time use among college aged students.
Two other areas of focus have drawn my attention at times throughout my career. One is the nature of fit between work and family roles and the implications of variation in fit for the quality of family life and work life. As part of this focus I have conducted several studies of military families.
Finally, I have had the opportunity to study, through the use of large scale secondary datasets, a sample of child and spouse abuse perpetrators. This study has made it possible to explore linkages between family climate and aspects of personal and interpersonal functioning in families where abuse has occurred.