Linda C. Halgunseth

Associate Professor, Human Development &

Family Sciences (Affiliate)

Research Overview

Minority Health and Well-Being
Latino and African American Parenting
Cultural Influences on Parent-Child Relations and Parenting
Children of Immigrants
Culturally-Appropriate Measurement Development


Ph.D. University of Missouri
M.S. University of Missouri
B.A. with Honors, University of Texas at Austin

Recent Publications


Featured Publications

Chang, Y. & Halgunseth, L.C. (in press). The association between psychosocial adjustment and weight status change among ethnic-minority adolescents. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

Chang, Y., & Halgunseth, L.C. (in press). The association between family meals and early-adolescents’ weight status change in the context of parental discipline practices: The moderating roles of ethnicity and acculturation. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.

Halgunseth, L.C., Perkins, D.F., Lippold, M., & Nix, R.L. (2013). Delinquent-oriented attitudes mediate the relation between parental inconsistent discipline and early adolescent behavior. Journal of Family Psychology, 27 (2), 293-302.

Halgunseth, L.C., Carmack, C., Childs, S. S., Caldwell, L., Craig, A., & Smith, E.P. (2012). Using the interactive systems framework in understanding the relation between program capacity and implementation in afterschool settings. American Journal of Community Psychology, 50, 311-320.

Halgunseth, L.C. & Ispa, J. (2012). Mexican Parenting Questionnaire (MPQ). Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 34 (2), 232-250.

Halgunseth, L. C., Smith, E. P., & Craig, A. (2011). Effective parenting and its impact on conduct problems among African American children. In. T. L. Mann, N. E. Hill, & H. E. Fitzgerald (Eds.), Child psychology and mental health: Cultural and ethno-racial perspectives, vol. 2 (pp.183-209). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

Halgunseth, L. C., Ispa, J. M., & Rudy, D. (2006). Parental control in Latino families: An integrated review in the literature. Child Development, 77 (5),1282-1297.

Halgunseth, L. C., Ispa, J. M., Csizmadia, A., & Thornburg, K. R. (2005). Relations among maternal racial identity, maternal parenting behavior, and child outcomes in low-income urban Black families. Journal of Black Psychology, 31 (4), 418-440.

Halgunseth, L. C., Sakuma, K.K., Stanik, C., & McHale, S.M. (2014, March). Parental correlates and influences on adolescent religious beliefs in two-parent African American families. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Austin, TX. This poster was competitively selected for special recognition for a session focused on Diversity in Adolescence at the conference.

Halgunseth, L.C. (2013, April). Parenting in context: Validation of the Mexican Parenting Questionnaire for Adolescents (MPQ-A) among adolescents in Mexico. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Seattle, WA.

Halgunseth, L.C. (2011, March). Developing a parenting measure for immigrant Mexican mothers: A mixed-methods approach. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Montreal, QC.

Halgunseth, L. C. (2009, October). Strengthening concepts and measures of engagement with families. Invited speaker for the annual meeting of the Office of Planning and Research Evaluation (OPRE) Child Care Policy Research Consortium, Washington, DC.

Halgunseth, L. C. (2008, July). Developing successful family partnerships across ethnically and linguistically diverse early childhood communities. Invited speaker for the annual meeting of the State and Territory Child Care Administrators Meeting, Washington, DC.


Contact Information
Mailing AddressDepartment of Human Development and Family Studies
Waterbury Campus
99 East Main Street
Waterbury, CT 06702