Jennifer L. Kerpelman
Professor & Associate Dean for Research, Graduate Studies & Outreach
Jennifer L. Kerpelman headshot
Mentoring Statement

Accepting new graduate students: No

Accepting new undergraduate students: No


210 Spidle Hall

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

(334) 844-3790



Fun Facts
Ph.D. Auburn University, Human Development and Family Studies, 1994
M.S. Old Dominion University, Psychology, 1990
B.S. Old Dominion University, Therapeutic Recreation, 1984
B.S. Old Dominion University, Psychology, 1983
Research Interest
• Adolescent Development • Adolescent Relationships
• Dating Relationships
• Identity Development
• Young Adults

2015-2017   Elected to the Board of Directors for the National Council on Family Relations
2013       National Council on Family Relations Fellow
2010       College of Human Sciences Women’s Philanthropy Board Faculty Award
2009       Camp War Eagle Faculty Honoree
2006       HDFS Faculty Excellence in Teaching and Service Award

Selected Publications
Kerpelman, J.L., McElwain, A.D.*, & Saint-Eloi-Cadely, H.* (2015). Adolescent development and romantic relationships. In J. Arditti (Ed.), Family problems: Stress, risk, & resilience (pp. 249-270). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Kerpelman, J.L. (2006). Using Q-methodology to study adolescents’ possible selves. In C. Dunkel & J. Kerpelman (Eds.), Possible selves: Theory, research and applications (pp.163-186). New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Pittman, J. F., & Kerpelman, J. L. (1993). Family work of husbands and fathers in dual-earner marriages. In J. Frankel (Ed.), The employed mother and the family context (pp.89-112). New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Tuggle, F.J.*, Kerpelman, J. L., & Pittman, J. F. (2016). Young adolescents’ shared leisure activities with close friends and dating partners: Associations with supportive communication and relationship satisfaction. Journal of Leisure Research, 48, 374-394. doi:

Wheeler, B.*, & Kerpelman, J. L. (2016). Change in disagreements about money, time, and sex and marital outcomes. Journal of Relationships Research, doi: