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Dr. Larry Forthun

Associate Professor
Human Development

Larry F. Forthun is an Associate Professor of Human Development in the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences. He earned his Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech University with an interdisciplinary minor in adolescent risk taking.  His appointment in the department is 60% teaching and 40% research.

Larry is the department’s graduate program coordinator and is responsible for overseeing both the on campus and online M.S. program. He is responsible for recruitment, admissions, registration and course scheduling, general advising, petitions, grievances, and ensuring compliance with all university regulations.  He works closely with Gregg Henderschiedt, the academic coordinator for graduate programs, who assists with the graduate coordinator’s responsibilities and handles the day-to-day tasks associated with graduate education.

Larry teaches both graduate and undergraduate course in prevention science, youth risky behaviors and youth and family relationships.  His research interests include both basic and applied research.  His program of basic research examines the individual, family, and contextual correlates of adolescent and emerging adult risky behaviors. He is particularly interested in exploring psychosocial and interpersonal developmental processes including identity development, psychological well-being, and the parent-child relationship. A second program of research is applied and focuses on the evaluation of school-based and community-based programs and activities that reduce negative behavioral and health outcomes among youth and emerging adults.