Families are the earth’s orchards; tend them carefully.
Since receiving a Ph.D. in Human Development & Family Studies from the Pennsylvania State University, I have held faculty and administrative positions at both Colorado State University (1978-2004) and Washington State University (2005-2009). I joined the faculty in the School of Human Ecology at UW-Madison in 2009, and have an “integrated” appointment as a Professor in the Department of Human Developments and Family Studies and a specialist in aging for UW Cooperative Extension Family Living Programs. I am currently one of several faculty in the School of Human Ecology with an integrated Extension appointment. Most of my research has been in the field of family gerontology wherein I have studied the experiences of individuals and families as they cope with transitions and periods of stress during middle and later life. Recent research focuses on Hispanic families caring for older relatives, and explores how cultural marginality, conflict, and religiosity affect the well-being of family caregivers. My research, teaching, and Extension work have been nationally recognized through the awarding of “fellow” status in the Gerontological Society of America, a 2005 distinguished teaching award from the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, and a 2013 Lifetime Extension Career Achievement Award from the Division of Family and Consumer Sciences, National Institute for Food and Agriculture.