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Christine Wade

Christine Wade

Associate Professor

Human Development & Family Sciences Program Option



  • Ph.D. Developmental Psychology (Statistics minor), University of Wyoming, 2008
  • M.S. Developmental Psychology, University of Wyoming, 2005
  • B.S. Psychology and Mathematics, Willamette University, 2001

Courses Taught

  • Child Development
  • Adolescent Development
  • Fundamentals of Aging and Human Development
  • Intimate Relationships
  • Developmental Contexts across the Lifespan
  • Lifespan Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Behavior Disorders of Childhood
  • Perspectives in Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Philosophical and Research Perspectives in Family and Consumer Sciences

Research Interests

  • Out-of-school settings/after-school programs
  • Effects of out-of-school time settings and programs on developmental outcomes
  • Public policy as it relates to out-of-school time programming
  • Children’s cognitive development as it relates to education
  • Children’s understanding of learning
  • Children’s abilities to learn by watching others
  • The effects of peers on children’s learning

Selected Publications

Wade, C. E., Cameron, B. A., Morgan, K., & Williams, K. C. (2016). Key components of online group projects: Faculty perceptions. Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 17(1), 33-41.

Wade, C. E. (2015). The effects of after-school program participation: Positive relationships foster social-emotional development in children. Children and Youth Services Review48, 70-79.

Morgan, K., Williams, K.C., Cameron, B.A., Wade, C.E. (2014). Faculty perceptions of online group work. Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 15(4), 37-41.

Wade, C. E., Cameron, B. A., Morgan, K., & Williams, K. C. (2011). Online group projects: Are interpersonal relationships necessary for developing trust? Distance Education, 32(3), 383-396.

Bartsch, K., Wade, C. E., & Estes, D. (2011). Attention to beliefs during persuasion: Spontaneous and selected arguments to people and puppets. Social Development, 20(2), 316-333.

Dearing, E. & Wade, C. E. (2004). Poverty. In N. J. Salkind (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Human Development. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Current Research

  • The effects of rural out-of-school time program settings on positive youth development,
  • Technology in the lives of children and youth: Preparing for the future, with Karen Williams
  • Healthy pokes: Education and mentoring to enhance child health in Laramie, with Karen Gaudreault, Enette Larson Meyer, and Stacy Carling.


Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Gamma Sigma Delta
  • Mortar Board, Honorary Member
  • Phi Upsilon Omicron, Honorary Member
  • Society for Research in Child Development
  • Society for Research on Adolescence
  • Society for the Teaching of Psychology



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