Caroline Mavridis, PhD

Assistant Research Professor, HDFS (Affiliate)

Research Overview

My interests are self-care beliefs and practices as they relate to psychological and physical well-being particularly among parents as well as family service workers. I also focus on how self-care is influenced by factors like culture, stress, and support systems.
I am currently working on an analysis of family workers’ stress, self-care, and support. I am planning research to develop a new measure that I will eventually use to evaluate an intervention I will develop.
At UConn, I have taken part in cross-cultural research on parenting, as project manager of the International Baby Study (Super & Harkness, 2001-2007). With community partners I have participated in several studies evaluating effects of training on agency climate and family workers’ experiences. I have presented on these topics at national and international conferences.
Also of relevance, as an InCHIP Affiliate I would like to be involved in other research on health ideas, practices, and influencing factors, including cultural context. This includes topics of nutrition, physical activity, and related interventions. I am particularly experienced in qualitative methods, including designing and conducting interviews, creating coding systems, and using the latest research software. I am also a certified trainer in the National Family Development Credential curriculum.


Ph.D. 2009, Human Development & Family Studies, University of Connecticut
M.A. 2005, Human Development & Family Studies, University of Connecticut
M.A. 2001, Anthropology, University of Connecticut
B.A. 1999, Anthropology (Magna cum Laude), Connecticut College

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Mailing AddressHuman Development & Family Studies Department
348 Mansfield Road
Storrs, CT 06269