Faculty in Child & Family Development


Shannon Zentall, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor & Program Director
Office: 411-A College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 330-972-6049

Ph.D. (2009) University of Notre Dame
M.A. (1999) The Ohio State University
B.A. (1997) Indiana University

Dr. Shannon Zentall received her PhD from the University of Notre Dame in Developmental Psychology. Her research interests focus how social context contributes to children’s emotional, physiological, and cognitive development. She has studied parental influences on attachment and emotion regulation in young children. Shannon’s current line of research focuses on the development of child motivation over time (e.g., how does praise influence children differently over time). Specifically, how do early parent-child and teacher interactions predict later motivation?

Courses taught at UA include: Early Childhood Curriculum Methods, Theory and Guidance of Play, Teaching in the Early Childhood Classroom/Lab, and Development in Infancy and Early Childhood (graduate)

Pamela A. Schulze, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Family Studies
Professor, Child & Family Development
400-B College of Arts & Sciences

Ph.D. (2000) University of Connecticut, Family Studies
M.A. (1997) University of Connecticut, Human Development & Family Relations
B.A. (1991) Southeastern Louisiana University, Psychology

Research Interests

  • Child Development
  • Poverty and Lifespan Development
  • Parent-Infant Interaction
  • Cultural Variations in Parenting Beliefs and Practices
  • Breastfeeding

Sabine Gerhardt, Psy.D.

Associate Professor, Child & Family Development
410 College of Arts & Sciences

Psy.D. (2012) University of the Rockies, Criminology & Justice Studies
M.A. (2005) the University of Akron, Child & Family Development
B.A. (2003) the University of Akron, Family Development
2012 Certified ALICE trainer

Research Interests

  • Family Relationships in Times of Crisis 
  • Family and Sociocultural Influences on Intimate Relationships
  • Children, Families, and the Criminal Justice System
  • Active Shooter Prevention



Jason Chiang, Ph.D.

Title: Assistant Professor of Instruction
Office: 405 College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 330-972-5048
Curriculum Vitae: 

Ph.D. Syracuse University, Human Development and Family Relations
M.A. University at Albany, Educational Psychology and Methodology
B.A. University of Toronto, Psychology

Dr. Jason Chiang received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University in Human Development and Family Science. His scholarly works focus on the links between the unique parenting strategies and child outcomes among immigrant families living in the U.S and Canada, as well as the acculturation and enculturation process in these families. He has been teaching at University of Akron as Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Department of Child and Family Development since Fall 2016, and is also a Fellow at the Institute for Lifespan Development and Gerontology.

Courses taught at UA include: Child Development, Fatherhood: Parent role, Parent-Child Relations, Immigrant Parenting (senior seminar), Development Parent-Child Interactions (graduate)

Adjunct Faculty in Child & Family Development

Amy Broadhurst, Assistant Lecturer     amb2@uakron.edu

Angela Kovach, Assistant Lecturer        kovacha@uakron.edu

Sarah Harvin, Assistant Lecturer           smn16@uakron.edu 

Cheryl Hollis, Senior Lecturer

Suzanne LeSure, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer slesure@uakron.edu

Mary Martell, Assistant Lecturer             mmb8@uakron.edu

Erich Merkle, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer       emerkle@uakron.edu

Jill Merz, Senior Lecturer,                        jill8@uakron.edu

Frank Motz, Senior Lecturer

Gary Rosen, Senior Lecturer                    grosen@uakron.edu

Katie Shubat-Vensel, Assistant Lecturer shubat@uakron.edu

Willa Smith, Assistant Lecturer                willa@uakron.edu 

Cynthia Stone, Associate Lecturer           cystone@uakron.edu

Emeritus Faculty in Child & Family Development

David Witt, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus  

Susan Witt, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus