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Alyssa McElwain

Alyssa McElwain


Assistant Professor
Human Development & Family Sciences Program Option


Ph.D. Human Development and Family Studies, Auburn University, 2015
M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy, Purdue University, 2008
B.S. Psychology, Kansas State University, 2006


Step into one of my classes and you will clearly see that teaching is my passion. I strive to provide an engaging educational environment where students actively participate in their learning. My belief is that learning can and should be fun. I also believe the best learning occurs when people work hard and practice using the information they are learning. Therefore, class time is typically filled with discussion, role plays, critical case analyses, and writing activities.

Courses at UW:

FCSC 4125: Professional Practices in HDFS
FCSC 2200: Professionalism and Communication in FCS
FCSC 3119: Parent-Child Relationships

Courses Taught:

Service Learning in HDFS
Human Sexuality
Adolescent Development
General Psychology


My research focuses on adolescent romantic relationships and sexual behavior. I am interested in both individual and interpersonal predictors of adolescent outcomes and I use both basic and applied approaches to understanding these critical aspects of adolescence. My applied research work is focused on adolescent outreach programs, recently evaluating youth relationship education. For more information about my teaching, outreach, and research or to see my full curriculum vitae, please visit my professional website.

Professional Memberships

National Council on Family Relations
Society for Research on Adolescence

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