Extension Faculty


Human Development Faculty Research Interests


Review the research interests of all HD faculty or see below to learn about the specialties of faculty with outreach and extension responsibilties.


Primary Outreach/Extension Faculty and Academic Staff


Karene Booker, Extension Support Specialist. Managing community-research partnerships and outreach initiatives designed to make the lessons from faculty research more accessible to Cooperative Extension Educators and the public.

Stephen Ceci, Professor, Co-Director Cornell Institute for Women in Science (CIWS). Preparing curriculum for judges to assist them in assessing children's competence. Delivering workshops for judges across the US and Canada. Doing translational research for the legal community on child witness issues.

John J. Eckenrode, Professor, Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research (BCTR) Principal Investigator of the Nurse Family Partnership and Director of the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect. Conducts research studies and participates in extension efforts in the area of child abuse and neglect. These efforts include research on the characteristics of official child maltreatment reports, the academic effects of child abuse and neglect, and the long-term effects of a program of home visitation on the development of high-risk mothers and their children.

Stephen Hamilton, Professor, Associate Director of the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research provides leadership as PI or Co-PI on youth development initiatives including: 4-H Youth Development and ACT for Youth Center for Excellence.

Karl Pillemer, Professor, Director of the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research (BCTR) and the Cornell Legacy Project, and Co-Director Translational Research Institute for Pain in Later Life (TRIPLL). Research and outreach on aging and life course development. Promoting social integration in later life, including intervention programs to reduce social isolation among older persons. Improving the quality of care provided by employees in nursing homes. Improving cooperation and communication between families and staff in nursing homes. Exploring ways of engaging older persons in environmental volunteering, in collaboration with county Extension Associations in New York State.

Valerie Reyna, Professor, Department Extension Leader, Co-director of the Cornell Magnetic Resonance Imaging Facility, and Director of the Human Neuroscience Institute. Interventions for Risk Reduction and Avoidance in Adolescence: Disseminating intervention programs to reduce unhealthy risk taking, especially behaviors that lead to premature pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections in high-school aged youth.

Wendy M. Williams, Professor, Co-Director Cornell Institute for Women in Science (CIWS). Developing, disseminating, and evaluating educational outreach programs for underrepresented youth, including girls and disadvantaged White youth, to enhance practical science-based thinking and reasoning applied to problems in daily life, including K-12 outreach modules.