Shawn D. Whiteman, Ph.D.
Research Concentration: Family Socialization Processes and Sibling Influences
Shawn D. Whiteman (PhD, The Pennsylvania State University, 2004) is a Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Utah State University. Utilizing an ecological perspective, Shawn’s research investigates the connections between family socialization processes and youth’s health and socioemotional adjustment. He is specifically interested in the implications of youth’s sibling relationships for their health and well-being. For example, one line of his work concentrates on how military deployments reverberate throughout the entire family system, shaping family relationships (both parent-child and sibling relationships) as well as non-service member parents’ parenting and mental health and ultimately children’s adjustment. Through NIH funded work, he is currently exploring the long-term implications of a parent’s military deployment on adolescent siblings’ individual and relational adjustment. Shawn is also interested in how siblings directly and indirectly act as sources of social influence and social comparison within families and how their family experiences foster similarities and differences in their relationship qualities, attributes, and health-related behaviors. He has received awards for his research, including Utah State University’s Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services Faculty Researcher of the Year as well as Purdue University’s College of Health and Human Sciences Early Career Research Achievement Award. His research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health.