Research Staff

Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan

Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan is an associate professor of Human Development and Family Science at The Ohio State University. Her research examines family influences on young children’s socioemotional development. Specifically, she has three central areas of interest:

  1. coparenting relationships- how effectively adults within the family system coordinate their roles as parents- and the implications of the quality of co-parenting relationships for child and family functioning;
  2. the roles of fathers in the family system, particularly the roles of fathers within coparenting relationships; and
  3. the effects of children’s characteristics and behavior on family relationships.

Claire Kamp Dush

Claire Kamp Dush is an assistant professor of Human Development and Family Science at The Ohio State University and faculty associate of the Initiative in Population Research. The focus of her work reflects her interest in the development of romantic relationships across the lifespan. Her research centers on two general themes:

  1. understanding romantic relationship quality and stability longitudinally, and
  2. examining how romantic relationship experiences and transitions shape individual development, including both adult and child development.

Specific interests of hers include family structure, union quality, formation, and dissolution, relationship development, family policy, and longitudinal methods.

Liana C. Sayer

Liana C. Sayer earned her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and is now Associate Professor of Sociology and Initiative of Population Research Faculty Affiliate at The Ohio State University. Sayer’s research focuses on gender and inequality through analyses of gender and social class variation in historical and cross-national time use patterns; the relationship between spousal resources and marital processes and outcomes; how children’s time use patterns vary by neighborhoods and family structure; and how time use influences individual and family well-being.

With the support of the Sloan Foundation, Sayer is analyzing cross-national differences in the relationship between long employment hours and key indicators of well-being, such as time in family caregiving, leisure, and health outcomes. Other research examines how perceptions of time pressure are associated with gendered micro-level time use patterns and macro-level contextual differences in social welfare and family policies and programs.

Sayer’s work has been published in Journal of Marriage and Family, Social Forces, and American Journal of Sociology.


Graduate Research Assistants

Mitchell Bartholomew

Dan Bower

Jennifer Hunt

Rongfang Jia


Nick Jordan

Felisha Lotspeich

Emily Passias

Arielle Weldon


Undergraduate Research Assistants

Becca Brudzynski

Alex Clapper

Nour Eldadah

Leigh Eskin


Mackenzie Jones

Kirsten Lange

Meghan Lee

Bob Nichols


Addi O’Neil

Carolyn Reed

Katharine Rownd

Christopher Russell


Kathryn Walker


Couples and Kids Lab Alumni


Bharathi Zvara worked in the Couples and Kids Lab from 2008-2009. She is graduating this summer and will be a graduate student in the developmental psychology Ph.D. program at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.