Stephanie D. Baumann, Ph.D.
Instructor & Internship Coordinator
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Mentoring Statement

Accepting new graduate students: No

Accepting new undergraduate students: No


Spidle Hall

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

(334) 844-4151



Fun Facts
Any lessons learned? Sometimes life takes you in directions you never expected, but then you realize that you’ve ended up exactly where you were always meant to be. If you had told 18-year-old Political Science major me that I would now be working in HDFS I would have never believed you – but that twisty path is what has shaped me into the HDFS-focused researcher and instructor I am today. So don’t sweat it if life takes you in unexpected directions. Sometimes they happen for the very best of reasons.

Favorite books/movies? Anne of Green Gables (the book and the movie!)

Hobbies/hidden talents? I play the French Horn (including in the Virginia Tech marching band!)

Childhood jobs? I had a very lucrative babysitting career in my teen years. I think in my head I wanted to be the Babysitter’s Club, but was definitely not that cool.

Pets? I have 2 Carolina Dogs (also called American Dingos)

High School superlative? I won my HS music department award

If you could study any random thing other than HDFS, what would it be? My undergrad degrees are in political science (with a focus on comparative government) and French, because I loved learning about different cultures, languages, and the way that people in others parts of the world do life differently. I also took Russian for 2 years and studied abroad in Paris. I am still so interested in other cultures, so it would be fun to study cross-cultural differences (and get to travel!).

Ph.D. Developmental Psychology – Georgia State University, 2022
M.S. Developmental Psychology – Georgia State University, 2017
M.A. Human Development – Virginia Tech, 2011
B.A. Political Science and B.A. French – Virginia Tech, 2009
Research Interests
• Early verbal and nonverbal language development
• Disability and Family
• Verbal and Nonverbal language in children’s media
• Evaluation of disability training programs
Courses Taught
HDFS 4680: Families in Cross-Cultural Perspective
HDFS 4920: Internship in HDFS
2020   Certificate of Excellence in College Teaching, Georgia State University
2020   Walter F. Daves Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, Georgia State University
2019   Richard Morrell Outstanding Psychology Graduate Student Award, Georgia State University
2016-2017 Georgia Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (GaLEND) Trainee Fellowship

Selected Publications
Franks, J. L., Baumann, S. D., So, M., Miles, A. M., Verlenden, J. M., Benevides, T., Crenshaw, M., Truscott, S., & Crimmins, D. (2021). Including Participatory Action Research as a Means of Leadership Practice in an Interdisciplinary Training Program. Developmental Disabilities Network Journal.

Baumann, S. D., Ronkin, E., Roach, A., Crenshaw, M., Graybill, E., & Crimmins, D. (2021). To Connect and Educate: Why Families Engage in Family-Professional Partnership Training Experiences. Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities.

Baumann, S. D., LaFleur, R., Graybill, R., Barger, B., Thomas, E. V., Truscott, S., & Crimmins, D. (2020). Infusing Cultural Competence Training into Disability Leadership Program: Receptions and Recommendations. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 27(2), 31-46.

Baumann, S. D., Özçalıskan, S., & Adamson, L. B. (2019). Does autism affect gesturing during parent-child interactions in the early school years? Research in Autism Spectrum Disorder, 67. doi: 10.1016/j.rasd.2019.101440

Wells, R., Baumann, S. D., Graybill, E., Truscott, S., Crenshaw, M., & Crimmins, D. (2018). Assessing the feasibility and acceptability of e-Portfolios in an inclusive, graduate-level interdisciplinary training program: The role of accountability and support. International Journal of ePortfolio, 8(2), 91-101.