Susan D. Stewart

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Position: Associate Professor of Sociology, Iowa State University

Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., Bowling Green State University, 2000

Dr Stewart’s area of expertise is family demography, the statistical study of families and households in terms of their formation, dissolution, and change over time. Her research uses large national datasets to examine structural diversity, parent-child relationships, fertility, parental involvement, and child and adult well-being in nontraditional family forms.  She studies race and gender differences in nonresident parental involvement (child support and visitation) and its relationship to children’s well-being, the relationship between food insecurity, family stress, and childhood obesity, eating patterns and obesity among children in nontraditional families, and new stepfamily forms and patterns such as stepchild adoption..

Recent Publications:

Lamanna, M. A., Riedmann, A., & Stewart, S.D. (Forthcoming). Marriages, Families, and Relationships: Making Choices in a Diverse Society (12th edition). Belmont, CA: Wasdsworth, Cengage Learning.

Eisenmann, J. C., Gundersen, C., Lohman, B. J., Garasky, S., & Stewart, S. D. (2011). Is food insecurity related to overweight and obesity in children and adolescents? A summary of studies, 1995-2009. Obesity Reviews, 12: e73-e83.

Stewart, S. D. (2010). Stepchildren who are adopted by their stepparents: prevalence, characteristics, and well-being. Family Relations, 59, 558-571

Stewart, S.D. (2010). The characteristics and well-being of adopted stepchildren. Family Relations, 59(5), 558-571.

Stewart, S.D. (2010). Children with nonresident parents: Living arrangements, visitation, and child support. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72(5), 1078-1091.

Malone, K., Stewart, S.D., Wilson, J., & Korsching, P. (2010). Perceptions of financial well-being among American women in diverse families. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 31, 63-81.

Garasky, S., Gundersen, C., Stewart, S. D., & Lohman, B. J. (2010). Toward a fuller understanding of nonresident father involvement: A joint examination of child support, in-kind support, and visitation. Population Research and Policy Review, 29(3), 363-393.  

Stewart, S.D., & Menning, C.L. (2009). Family structure, nonresident father involvement, and adolescent eating patterns. Journal of Adolescent Health, 45, 193-201.

Lohman, B.J., Stewart, S.D., Gundersen, C., Garasky, S., & Eisenmann, J.C. (2009). Adolescent overweight and obesity: Links to food insecurity and individual, maternal, and family stressors.Journal of Adolescent Health, 45, 230-237.

Garasky, S., Stewart, S.D., Gundersen, C., Lohman, B.J., & Eisenmann, J.C. (2009). Family Stressors and Child Obesity. Social Science Research, 38(4), 755-766.