Elif Dede Yildirim Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Elif Yildirim headshot

314 Quad Drive
Auburn, AL 36849

(334) 844-3204



Fun Facts
Favorite quotes/sayings?
“Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness” Samuel Beckett

Two dogs: Arnold & Balkiz

If you could study any random thing other than HDFS, what would it be?
- Physics

Ph.D. Syracuse University, Child and Family Studies, 2016
M.S. Syracuse University, Applied Statistics, 2014
M.S. Syracuse University, Child and Family Studies, 2013
B.A. Sakarya University, Sociology, 2004
Research Interests
• Fathering
• Parenting & Co-parenting
• Couple relationships
• Poverty, Economic Risk, & Neighborhood Risk
• Early Childhood Development
Courses Taught
HDFS 8080: Survival Analysis and Latent Class Analysis
2017       Postdoctoral Associations Travel Award University of Missouri-Columbia
2016       John and Beatrice Whiting Memorial Award for Outstanding Student in Cross- Cultural Studies

Research Projects
2014-2016 Paternal Factors and Childhood Outcomes: The mediating role of relationship quality and support networks Administration for Children and Families U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
PI: Jaipaul Roopnarine, PhD, Role: Co-I
Funded: $100,000

Selected Publications
Roopnarine, J. L., & Dede Yildirim, E. (2019). Fathering in Cultural Contexts: Developmental and Clinical Issues. New York, NY: Routledge Press.

Dede Yildirim, E. & Roopnarine, J. L. (2017). Positive discipline, harsh physical discipline, physical discipline and psychological aggression in five Caribbean countries: Associations with preschoolers' early literacy skills. International Journal of Psychology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1002/ijop.12465

Dede Yildirim, E, & Roopnarine, J. L. (2017). Paternal and maternal engagement across six Caribbean countries and childhood outcomes. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 53, 64-73. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appdev.2017.08.007

Roopnarine, J.L. & Dede Yildirim, E. (2017). The moderating role of relationship education on depressive symptoms in fathers with young children. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 87(4), 402-413. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ort0000230

Dede Yildirim, E. & Roopnarine, J. L. (2015). The mediating role of maternal warmth in the associations between harsh parental practices and externalizing and internalizing behaviors in Hispanic American, African American, and European American families. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 21(3), 430-439. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0038210