Ben Hinnant Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Ben Hinnant headshot
Mentoring Statement

Accepting new graduate students: Yes

Accepting new undergraduate students: Yes


288 Spidle Hall

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

(334) 844-3259




Fun Facts
Lessons learned?
Don’t eat spaghetti at a job interview

Favorite books/movies?
Harry Dresden book series

Favorite quotes/sayings?
“When walking, walk. When sitting, sit. Above all, do not wobble.” – zen saying, author unknown

If you could study any random thing other than HDFS, what would it be? Birds? Architecture? Space?
Architecture of space birds

Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Human Development and Family Studies, 2008
M.S. University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Human Development and Family Studies, 2005
B.S. Clemson University, Psychology, 2002
Research Interest
• Child and adolescent development
• Decision making and risk-taking behavior
• Developmental methodology

Courses Taught
HDFS 2050: Research Methods in Developmental and Family Sciences
HDFS 8060: Multilevel Modeling
HDFS 8070: Mediation and Moderation Analysis
Research Projects
Developmental studies of decision making and risky behavior

Child sleep as a mechanism and moderator in the development of health disparities.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

A longitudinal examination of a dual-process model of attentional bias in PTSD.
National Institute of Mental Health

Context effects on adolescent decision making: Neuroimaging pilot studies.
Alabama Agricultural Experimental Station SEED Program
Primary Investigator

Selected Publications
Hinnant, J.B., Philbrook, L.E., Erath, S.A., & El-Sheikh, M. (2018). Approaches to modeling the development of physiological stress responsivity. Psychophysiology, 55, e13027. doi:10.1111/psyp.13027

Hinnant, J.B., Forman-Alberti, A.B., Aquino, A.K., Szollos, S., & Degnan, K.A. (2017). Approach behavior, stress, and substance use in young adults. Stress and Health, 33, 164-168. doi:10.1002/smi.2684

Hinnant, J.B., Erath, S.A., Tu, K.M., & El-Sheikh, M. (2016). Permissive parenting, deviant peer affiliations, and delinquent behavior in adolescence: The moderating role of sympathetic nervous system reactivity. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 44, 1071-1081. doi:10.1007/s10802-015-0114-8

Hinnant, J.B., Erath, S.A., & El-Sheikh, M. (2015). Harsh parenting, parasympathetic activity, and development of delinquency and substance use. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 124, 137-151.

El-Sheikh, M., Hinnant, J. B., & Erath, S. A. (2015). Marital conflict, vagal regulation, and children’s sleep: A longitudinal investigation. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 80, 89-106. doi:10.1111/mono.12146