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Linda M. Burton

Department Affiliation:  Human Development
Education: PhD, Sociology, University of Southern California, 1985
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POSITION TITLE:  Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and Sociology, and Senior Research Associate, Population Issues Research Center, and Director, Center for Human Development and Family Research in Diverse Contexts

RESEARCH INTERESTS:  Intergenerational family exchanges, Fertility, Minority families, Neighborhood context


1981-1984 Instructor, University of Southern California, School of Social Work; California State University, Fullerton; California State University, Dominguez Hills, Sociology

1984-1990 Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, College of Human Development, The Pennsylvania State University

1990-1993 Associate Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, College of Health and Human Development; Senior Research Associate, Population Issues Research Center, The Pennsylvania State University

1993-present Professor of Human Development and Sociology; Senior Scientist, Population Research Institute, The Pennsylvania State University

1995-present Research Associate,Center for Developmental Science and the Frank Porter Graham Research Institute, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

1998-present Director, Center for Human Development and Family Research in Diverse Contexts


1981-1984 American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship (Applied Sociology and Sociological Research)

1986-1987 Fellow, Post-Doctoral Research Consortium Program of the Behavioral Sciences Research Branch, National Institute of Mental Health

1987-1990 Brookdale National Fellow, Brookdale Foundation

1988-1989 Spencer Foundation Fellow

1988-1989 Fellow, Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

1988-1992 W.T. Grant Foundation Faculty Scholars Award in Mental Health of Children

1991-1998 Member, Family Research Consortium on Risk and Resilience (funded by NIMH)

1993 Beister-Young Lecture, University of Minnesota; Orman-Harris Lecture, University of Alabama; Chancellor's Distinguished Lecture, University of California

1993-1994 Member, Advisory Committee, The Children's Initiative, The Pew Charitable Trusts

1993-1995 Member, Council, Section on Children, American Sociological Association

1993-1997 Member, Council, Section on Aging, American Sociological Association

1993-1996 Member, Minority Fellowship Program Advisory Committee, American Sociological Association

1993-present Member, Editorial Board, Generations, Journal of Aging and Ethnicity, Journal of Research on Adolescence, Social Inquiry, and Family Process

1993-1997 Member, National Advisory Research Resources Council, National Institutes of Health

1993-present Member, Publication Committee, Society for Research on Child Development

1995-1998 Member, Committee on Youth Development, National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine

1996- Member, Advisory Committee, NICHD, Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch Member, Board on Behavioral, Cognitive and Sensory Sciences, Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, National Research Council

1996 American Family Therapy Academy Award for Innovative Contributions to Family Research

1997 Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement, The Pennsylvania State University

1998-present Member, Social Sciences and Population Study Section, NICHHD

1998-present Director, Research Consortium on diversity, Family Processes, and Child and Adolescent Mental health

1998-present Member, Advisory Board, Forum on Adolescence, National Research Council Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, National Academy of Sciences


Burton, L. M. (2001). One step forward and two steps back: Neighborhoods, adolescent development, and unmeasured variables. In A. Booth & A. C. Crouter (Eds.) , Does it take a village? Community effects on children, adolescents, and families. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Burton, L. M. , & Jayakody, R. (2001). Rethinking family structure and single parenthood: Implications for future studies of African-American families and children. In A. Thornton (Ed.) , The well-being of children and families: Research and data needs. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Burton, L. M. , & Graham, J. E. (1998). Neighborhood rhythms and the social activities of adolescent mothers. In A. C. Crouter & R. Larson (Eds.) , Temporal rhythms in adolescence: Clocks, calendars, and the coordination of daily life. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

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