Kari Adamsons, PhD

Associate Professor, Human Development &

Family Sciences (Affiliate)

Research Overview

My primary research foci are parenting, particularly fathering, and couple relationship processes. I am interested in the ways in which these family roles are associated with adults’ and children’s mental and physical health. I also design and evaluate parent education and intervention programs (e.g., ACT Raising Safe Kids, an anti-violence parent education program; the UConn Parent Education Program, a program for divorcing parents in the state of CT; Cooperative Kids, a parent education program focusing on positive discipline). Recently, I have begun research regarding the influence of fathers on children’s obesity, and I plan to expand that work, looking particularly at the influence of nonresident fathers and the development of programs for fathers targeting the prevention of child obesity.


PhD, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Human Development and Family Studies)
MS, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Human Development and Family Studies)
BA, College of William and Mary (Psychology)

Recent Publications


Featured Publications

Adamsons, K., & Pasley, K. (In press). Refining identity theory to better account for context: Applications to fathering. Journal of Family Theory and Review.

Adamsons, K. (In press). Gender and divorce. In R. Emery and J. G. Golson (Eds.) Cultural Sociology of Divorce. Sage.

Adamsons, K. (In press). Effects of divorce on children, long-term. In R. Emery and J. G. Golson (Eds.) Cultural Sociology of Divorce. Sage.

Rodriguez, A., & Adamsons, K. (2012). Parenting expectations: A comparative analysis of younger and older first-time parents. Marriage and Family Review, 48, 248-271.

Adamsons, K. (2010). Using identity theory to develop a mid-range model of parental gatekeeping and parenting behavior. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 2, 137-148.

Adamsons, K., & Buehler, C. (2007). Mothering v. fathering v. parenting: Measurement equivalence in parenting measures. Parenting: Science and Practice, 7, 271-303.

Adamsons, K., O’Brien, M., & Pasley, K. (2007). An ecological approach to father involvement in biological and stepfather families. Fathering, 5, 129-147.

Adamsons, K., & Pasley, K. (2006). Coparenting following divorce and relationship dissolution. In M. Fine & J. Harvey (Eds.). Handbook of divorce and relationship dissolution (pp. 241-262). New York: Erlbaum.

Henley (Adamsons), K., & Pasley, K. (2005). Conditions affecting the association between father identity and father involvement. Fathering, 3, 59-80.

Van Eeden-Moorefield, B., Henley (Adamsons), K., & Pasley, K. (2005). Identity enactment and verification in gay and lesbian stepfamilies. In V. L. Bengtson, A. Acock, K. R. Allen, P. Dilworth-Anderson, & D. Klein (Eds.), Sourcebook of family theory and research. (pp. 230-232). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Henley (Adamsons), K., & Pasley, K. (2003). Divorce: Effects on couple. In J. Ponzetti (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family (2nd ed., pp. 480-486). New York: Macmillan.


Contact Information
Mailing AddressDepartment of Human Development and Family Studies
348 Mansfield Road, Unit 1058
Storrs, CT 06269-1058
Office LocationFamily Studies Building