Amanda Williams, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Child and Family Studies

My research focuses on community and family factors impacting adolescent and emerging adult health and development. I am specifically interested in mixed-method approaches to understanding vulnerable youth and families during key transitions in the life course. Projects I have been involved with or am currently working on include:

Longitudinal quantitative studies of the effects of childhood poverty on adolescent and emerging adult mental and physical health

Qualitative studies of women’s physical and relational well being

Sexual risk behaviors among vulnerable youth

Adolescent and emerging adult technology use

Socio-spatial context of human development

Selected Publications:

Williams, A. L., & Merten, M. J. (2013). Romantic relationships among women experiencing obesity: Self-perception and weight as barriers to intimacy. Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, 41(3), 284-298.

Merten, M. J., Bishop, A. J., & Williams, A. L. (2012). Prisoner health and valuation of life, loneliness, and depressed mood. American Journal of Health Behavior, 36(2), 275-288.

Williams, A. L., & Merten, M. J. (2011). iFamily: Internet, social media, and family connectedness. Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, 40(2), 150-170. * This paper was selected as the journal’s outstanding paper for 2011, best paper in human development and family studies topic area, and best paper in the special issue on the influence of technology on individuals and families.

Merten, M. J., & Williams, A. L. (2009). Acceptability of marital violence among college men and women: Does gender and current relationship status matter? College Student Journal, 43, 843-851.

Merten, M. J., Williams, A. L., & Shriver, L. H. (2009). Adolescent breakfast consumption: Community context, parental presence, and chronic obesity. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 109(8), 1384-1391.

Williams, A. L., & Merten, M. J. (2009). Adolescents’ online social networking following the death of a peer. Journal of Adolescent Research, 24(1), 67-90.

Merten, M. J., Wickrama, K. A. S., & Williams, A. L. (2008). Adolescent obesity and young adult psychosocial outcomes: Gender and racial differences. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 37, 1111-1112.

Williams, A. L., & Merten, M. J. (2008). A review of online social networking profiles by adolescents: Implications for future research and intervention. Adolescence, 43(170), 253-274.

Williams, A. L., & Merten, M. J. (2007, December). My Space or Yours?: The reality of teens and online social networking sites. Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Services’ Family and Consumer Sciences Research Update.

Selected Professional Presentations:

Williams, A. L., & Merten, M. J. (2013). Deconstructing community risk factors for life course depressive symptoms. Poster accepted for presentation at the 75th Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations, San Antonio, TX.

Williams, A. L., & Merten, M. J. (2012, November). Emerging Adulthood in Time and Space: An Interdisciplinary Theoretical Approach. Paper presented at the Theory Construction and Research Methodology Workshop at the 74th Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations, Phoenix, AZ.

Bowers*, M., Williams, A., Knox*, S., Long*, A., & McIntosh*, G. (2012, March). Innovative teaching methods for digital natives and their families. Workshop presented at the 32nd Annual Conference of the Oklahoma Council on Family Relations, Edmond, OK.

Merten, M. J., Williams, A. L., Hall*, M., & Trainum, J. (2012, March). Sexual risk behaviors among adolescent males and females engaging in opposite- and same- sex sexual activity From 2004-2010. Poster presented at the 14th Biennial Conference of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Vancouver, Canada.

Merten, M. J., Williams, A. L., Hall*, M. (2011, November). The Importance of a face and place in understanding precocious sexual behaviors. Paper presented at the 73rd Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations, Orlando, FL.

Cottle, N., Hubler, D., & Williams, A. (2011, November). Using free/open source software applications in academia and social service-related entities. Poster presented at the 73rd Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations, Orlando, FL.

Williams, A. L., & Brosi, M. W. (2010, November). The ‘second story’ of maternal homelessness: An opportunity for phenomenological narrative therapy. Poster presented at the 72nd Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations, Minneapolis, MN.

Williams, A., Merten, M., & Parrish, M. (2010, March). Fostering identity exploration and goal development among recently-homeless youth: Preliminary results from an ongoing pilot study. Poster presented at the 13th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Philadelphia, PA.

Harvill*, C. R., Beck*, A. W., Vogle*, A. N., White*, G. M., Williams, A. L., & Criss, M. M. (2009, April). Association between parent-child relationship quality and monitoring: An analysis of mediation effects. Poster presented at the Biennial Conference of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.

*Undergraduate collaborator