Jean Gerard


M.S., Human Ecology (Family Studies Specialization), University of Tennessee
Ph.D., Human Ecology (Family Studies Specialization), University of Tennessee, 2000


Associate Professor and Graduate Faculty Member

Research Interests

  • Risk and resilience in adolescence
  • Social contexts of youth and adolescent mental health
  • Parent-child relations

Courses Taught

Undergraduate: Preadolescents & Adolescents in Family and Community; Family Interaction; Research Methods; Contemporary Marriages and Families

Graduate: Research Methods; Family Studies


Gerard, J. M., & Booth, M. Z. (2015). Family and school influences on adolescents' maladjustment: The moderating role of youth hopefulness and aspirations for the future. Journal of Adolescence, 44, 1-16.

Booth, M. Z., Frey, C., Collet, B., Curran, E. M., Gerard, J. M., & Bartimole, J. (2014). Ethnic identity, gender, and adolescent attitude toward school: Adaptive perspectives in diverse settings. Mid-Western Educational Researcher, 26 (2), 3-27.

Buehler, C. & Gerard, J. M. (2013). Cumulative family risk predicts increases in adjustment difficulties across early adolescence. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 42 (6), 905-920.

Booth, M. Z., & Gerard, J. M. (2012). Adolescents' stage-environment fit in middle and high school: The relationship between students' perceptions of their schools and themselves. Youth and Society, 46, 735-755. Published online before print June 19, doi 10.1177/0044118X12451276.

Booth, M.Z., & Gerard, J. (2011). Self-esteem and academic achievement: A comparative study of adolescents in British and American schools. Compare, 41 (5), 629-648.

Stacks, A. M., Oshio, T., Gerard, J. M., & Roe, J. R. (2009). The moderating effect of parental warmth on the association between spanking and child aggression: A longitudinal approach. Infant and Child Development, 18, 178-194.

Benson, M. J., Buehler, C., & Gerard, J. M. (2008). Interparental hostility and early adolescent problem behavior: Spillover via maternal acceptance, harshness, inconsistency, and intrusiveness. The Journal of Early Adolescence, 28, 428-454.

Buehler, C., Benson, M. J., & Gerard, J. M. (2006). Interparental hostility and early adolescent problem behavior: The mediating role of specific aspects of parenting. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 16, 265-292.

Gerard, J. M., Krishnakumar, A., & Buehler, C. (2006). Marital conflict, parent-child relations, and youth maladjustment: A longitudinal investigation of spillover effects. Journal of Family Issues, 27, 951-975.

Gerard, J. M., Landry-Meyer, L, & Guzell-Roe, J. R. (2006). Grandparents raising grandchildren: The role of social support in coping with caregiver challenges. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 62, 359-383.

Gerard, J. M., & Buehler, C., Franck, K., & Anderson, O. (2005). In the eyes of the beholder: Cognitive appraisals as mediators of the associations between interparental conflict and youth maladjustment. Journal of Family Psychology, 19, 376-384.

Guzell-Roe, J. R., Gerard, J. M.., & Landry-Meyer, L. (2005). Custodial grandparents’ perceived control over caregiving outcomes: Raising children the second time around. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 3, 43-62.

Landry-Meyer, L., Gerard, J. M., & Guzell, J. R. (2005). Caregiver stress among grandparents raising grandchildren: The functional role of social support. Marriage and Family Review, 37, 171-190. Co-published in R. K. Caputo (Ed.), Challenges of aging on U.S. families: Policy and practice implications.

Gerard, J. M., & Buehler, C. (2004). Cumulative environmental risk and youth problem behavior. Journal of Marriage and Family, 66, 702-720.

Gerard, J. M., & Buehler, C. (2004). Cumulative environmental risk and youth maladjustment: The role of youth attributes. Child Development, 75, 1832-1849.

Coulter, F. W., Goin, R. P., & Gerard, J. M. (2004). Assessing the needs of graduate students: The role of graduate student organizations. Educational Research Quarterly, 28, 15-26.

Buehler, C., & Gerard, J. M. (2002). Marital conflict, ineffective parenting, and children’s and adolescents' maladjustment. Journal of Marriage and Family, 64, 78-92.

Gerard, J. M. & Buehler, C. (1999). Multiple risk factors in the family environment and youth problem behaviors. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 61, 343-361.

Buehler, C. Krishnakumar, A., Stone, G. Pemberton, S., Gerard, J., & Barber, B. (1998). Interparental conflict styles and youth problem behaviors: A two-sample replication study. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 60, 119-132.

Buehler, C., Anthony, C., Krishnakumar, A., Stone, G., Gerard, J., & Pemberton, S. (1997). Interparental conflict and youth problem behaviors: A meta-analysis. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 6, 233-247.

Buehler, C., & Gerard, J. M. (1995). Divorce law in the United States: A focus on child custody. Family Relations, 44, 439-458.