Elizabeth Gershoff, Ph.D. is a Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences and the Director (September 2020) of the Population Research Center (PRC) at The University of Texas at Austin. She is a developmental psychologist who studies how parenting generally and discipline, in particular, affect children’s development. She is interested in how parenting affects children differently within contexts of poverty and low income, neighborhoods, schools, and culture. She is also interested in associations between children’s exposures to various forms of violence (from parents, communities, and terrorism) and their mental health and risk behaviors.
Gershoff is PI on an NICHD grant examining the dynamic effects of income and material hardship on parents and children over time. She is Co-Investigator on a CDC-funded project examining the long-term effectiveness of a school-based violence prevention program, and co-investigator on an NIMH-funded project identifying the developmental outcomes for children with comorbid depression and conduct disorder.
Her research combines longitudinal and hierarchical methods for understanding the dynamic and multilayered contexts of children's lives. Her recently published work has appeared in: Child Development; Developmental Psychology; Psychology, Public Policy, and Law; Applied Developmental Science; andPsychological Bulletin.
- Twenty Years of Evidence Shows Continuing Racial Disparities in Academic Achievement (UT Population Research Center Brief Series, 2018)
- Ansari, A., & Gershoff, E. T. (2015, in press). The indirect effect of instruction on achievement in the early years: Mediation through behavior problems. Social Development.
- Lee, S. J., Altschul, I., & Gershoff, E. T. (2015, in press). Wait until your father gets home? Fathers' and mothers' spanking and development of child aggression. Children and Youth Services Review. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.11.006
- Purtell, K. M.& Gershoff, E. T. (2015, in press). Fast food consumption & academic growth in late childhood. Clinical Pediatrics.
- Gershoff, E. T., Purtell, K. M., & Holas, I. (2015). Corporal Punishment in U.S. Public Schools: Legal Precedents, Current Practices, and Future Policy. Springer Briefs in Psychology Series, Advances in Child and Family Policy and Practice Subseries. ISBN 978-3-319-14817-5
- Moed, A., Gershoff, E. T., Eisenberg, N., Hofer, C., Spinrad, T., Losoya, S., & Liew, J. (2014). Parent-adolescent conflict as sequences of reciprocal negative emotion: Links with conflict resolution and adolescents' behavior problems. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. Published online. DOI 10.1007/s10964-014-0209-5
- Gershoff, E. T. (2013). Spanking and child development: We know enough now to stop hitting our children. Child Development Perspectives, 7, 133-137. DOI: 10.1111/cdep.12038
- Gershoff, E. T., Mistry, R. S., & Crosby, D. A. (Eds.). (2013). Societal Contexts of Child Development. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780199943913