Preston Britner, PhD

Professor, Human Development & Family Studies (Affiliate)

Philip E. Austin Chair in Social Sciences

Research Overview

Professor Britner explores: attachment-caregiving relationships; the application of developmental research to child welfare and primary prevention settings; and, research and social policy related to family-focused, community-based prevention programs and diversion approaches.

Prof. Britner previously served as a Co-PI (with Ross Buck, Stephanie Milan, & Merrill Singer) on an InCHIP project related to the study of a youth development model in Hartford.

He serves on the Editorial Boards for Advances in Child and Family Policy and Practice, the Journal of Behavioural Sciences, and the Journal of Child and Family Studies, and he is Editor Emeritus of The Journal of Primary Prevention.

Prof. Britner also has an appointment in the Department of Educational Psychology, Neag School of Education. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, a University of Connecticut Teaching Fellow, winner of the 2011 UConn AAUP “Service Excellence” award, and the 2013-2016 Philip E. Austin Chair in the Social Sciences.


Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1996 (developmental psychology, community psychology)
M.A. University of Virginia, 1993 (developmental psychology)
B.A., University of Miami, 1990 (psychology)

Recent Publications

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