Jeff Cookston, Ph.D.

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Jeff CookstonOffice - PSY 301     

415.338.2167 (office)

415.338.2398 (fax)

Twitter: @jtcookston

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Learn more about Dr. Cookston's work at the FAmily Interaction Research (FAIR) Laboratory website


PSY 305 - Controversial Issues in Psychology
PSY 330 - Child Development
PSY 400 - Research Methods in Psychology
PSY 433 - Social and Emotional Development
PSY 431 - Developmental Psychology
PSY 730 - Current Issues in Developmental Psychology
PSY 735 - Love and the Life Cycle
PSY 735 - Prevention, Intervention, and Family Transitions
PSY 737 - Observation of Children
PSY 739 - Writing for Technical Journals
PSY 770 - Research Methods


My research addresses families with special attention to the role of coparenting, fathering, and divorce. I am currently conducting studies on:
1) how families from diverse cultural experiences adjust to divorce
2) a program evaluation of the Kids' Turn divorcing family intervention program
3) how adolescents
socially construct their relationships with their fathers
4) how divorce and
eating practices are related

·     Social and Emotional Development in Childhood and Adolescence
·     Interparental Conflict, Co-Parenting Processes, and Child Psychopathology
·     Father-Child Relationship as Buffer between Negative Events and Adjustment
·     Intervention with Families in Crisis and with Families of Divorce
·     Contextual Influences on Parenting Behavior


Dr. Cookston in the media

KQED Forum - July 26th, 2013 - Children and divorce


Father's Day 2013 - "Am I the dad you need me to be?" 


Father's Day 2014 - Using guided cognitive reframing to improve father-adolescent relationships


More on guided cognitive reframing


Talking about the results of Juang & Cookston (2009a) on radio and televison:




1992  Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX.  B.A. in Psychology.  Minor in Spanish. Undergraduate advisor:  Robert Reinehr, Ph.D.

1997  University of Texas, Austin, TX., M.A. in Human Development and Education, Department of Educational Psychology.  Graduate advisor:  Amanda Harrist, Ph.D.

2000  University of Texas, Austin, TX., Ph.D. in Human Development and Education, Department of Educational Psychology.  Graduate advisor:  Amanda Harrist, Ph.D.  Dissertation  Responsive parenting behavior:  Its relation to role quality, the parenting alliance, and interpersonal context.  Committee:  Cindy Carlson (co-chair), Amanda Harrist (co-chair), Ted Dix, Lucia Gilbert, William Koch

2000-2002  Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ., NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow. Program for Prevention Research.  Postdoctoral advisors:  Sanford Braver, Ph.D., and Irwin Sandler, Ph.D.



Effects and meaning of fathers for adolescents

This project was funded by NIMH for a three-wave longitudinal study of 392 families at two sites (Phoenix, AZ and Riverside, CA) to explore the “meaning of fatherhood” across the adolescent transition.  The sample is evenly divided among two father types (birth-father and stepfather) and ethnicities (Mexican American and European American).  The study includes multi-agent, multi-method reporting for most constructs.  For more information on the PAYS project please go to our website.

                Arizona State University Staff                      

Principle Investigator:                Sanford L. Braver
Co-Principle Investigators:        William Fabricius, Delia Saenz

University of California Riverside Staff

Principle Investigator:                Scott L. Coltrane
Co-Principle Investigators:        Ross D. Parke

San Francisco State University

Investigator:                Jeffrey T. Cookston

Tulane University

Affiliated Faculty:        Michele Adams


NOTE - underlined authors are current and former student collaborators

Cookston, J. T., Olide, A., Parke, R. D., Fabricius, W. V., Saenz, D., & Braver, S. L. (2015). He said what? Guided cognitive reframing about the co-resident father/stepfather-adolescent relationship. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 25(2), 263-278. doi: 10.1111/jora.12120
Mauskopf, S., O’Leary, A., Banhashimini, A., Weiner, M., T., & Cookston, J. (2015). Divorce, Family Context, and Eating Behaviors: A Five-Day Diary Study of Pre-Adolescent Obesity Risk. Childhood Obesity, 11(2), 122-129. doi: 10.1089/chi.2014.0053

Mauskopf, S., O’Leary, A., Banhashimini, A., Weiner, M., T., & Cookston, J. (in press). Divorce, Family Context, and Eating Behaviors: A Five-Day Diary Study of Pre-Adolescent Obesity Risk. Accepted for publication at Childhood Obesity.

Neiri, T., Grindal, M., Adams, M. A., Cookston, J. T., Fabricius, W. V., Parke, R. D., & Saenz, D. S. (2014). Reconsidering the “acculturation gap” narrative through an analysis of parent-adolescent acculturation differences in Mexican American families. Published online ahead of print at Journal of Family Issues.  doi:10.1177/0192513X14551175

Zhou, Q., Chen, S. H., Cookston, J. T., & Wolchik, S. (2014). Evaluating the cultural fit of the New Beginnings parent program for divorced Asian American mothers: A pilot study. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 5(2), 126-133DOI - 10.1037/a0035519

Cookston, J. T., & Remy, L. N. (2014). Who am I if we aren’t us? Divorce and identity across the lifespan. Oxford Encyclopedia of Identity Development.

Finlay, A. K., Cookston, J. T., Saenz, D. S., Baham, M. E., Parke, R. D., Fabricius, W. V., & Braver, S. L. (2014). Attributions of fathering behaviors among adolescents:  The role of depressive symptoms, ethnicity, and family structure. Journal of Family Issues, 35(4), 501-525. doi:10.1177/0192513X13478404 full text

Stevenson, M. M., Fabricius, W. V., Cookston, J. T., Parke, R. D., Coltrane, S., Braver, S. L. & Saenz, D. S. (2013). Marital problems, maternal gatekeeping attitudes, and father-child relationships in adolescence. Developmental Psychology first published online Dec 23, 2013 as doi: 10.1037/a0035327

Perez-Brena, N. J., Cookston, J. T., Fabricius, W. V., & Saenz, D. (2012).  Patterns of father self evaluations among Mexican and European American men and links to adolescent adjustment.  Fathering, 10(2), 213-235. full text

Cookston, J. T., Olide, A., Adams, M., Fabricius, W. V., Braver, S. L., & Parke, R. D. (2012). In L. Juang & A. Umana-Taylor (Issue Eds.), Family conflict among Chinese and Mexican-origin adolescents and their parents. New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development (L. Jensen & R. Larson, Eds.), pp. 83-103. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. full text

Juang, L., Syed, M., Cookston, J., & Wang, Y., & Kim, S.-Y. (2012). Everyday and acculturation-based family conflict among Chinese American parents and adolescents. In L. Juang & A. Umana-Taylor (Issue Eds.), Family conflict among Chinese and Mexican-origin adolescents and their parents. New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development (L. Jensen & R. Larson, Eds.), pp. 13-34. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. full text

Weiner, M., & Cookston, J. T. (2012). Dinnertime rituals for children in married and divorced families: Explaining the link between divorce and academic motivation. Advances in Sociology Research, 10, 1-30. full text

Luther, K., Coltrane, S., Parke, R. D., Cookston, J. T., Adams, M. (2011). Youth risk behavior among Mexican origin adolescents: Cross generational differences. In S. S. Chuang & R. P. Moreno (Eds.), Immigrant Children: Change, Adaptation, and Cultural Transformation (pp. 99-124). Boulder, CO: Lexington. full text

Cookston, J. T., & Fung, W. (2011).  The Kids? Turn program evaluation: Probing change within a community-based intervention for separating families.  Family Court Review, 49(2), 348-363full text

Leidy, M. S., Schofield, T. J., Miller, M. A., Parke, R. D., Coltrane, S., Braver, S. L., Cookston, J. T., Fabricius, W. I., Saenz, D., & Adams, M. (2011).  Fathering and adolescent adjustment: Variations by family Structure and ethnic background.  Fathering, 9(1), 44-68. full text

Lowi, A.*, Cookston, J. T., Juang, L. P., & Syed, M. (2011).  Sociocultural adaptation of adolescent third culture kids: A Mixed-methods study of individual, familial, and social influences. In H. HÃ¥kansson (Ed.), Developmental psychology (pp. 79-115). Hauppauge, NJ: Nova Publishers. full text

Juang, L. P., & Cookston, J. T. (2009b).  Acculturation, discrimination, and depressive symptoms among Chinese American adolescents: A longitudinal study.  Journal of Primary Prevention, 30(3-4), 475-496. full text

Juang, L. P., & Cookston, J. T. (2009a).  A longitudinal study of family obligation among Chinese American adolescents: Links to depressive symptoms and family conflict.  Journal of Family Psychology, 23(3), 396-404.  full text

Schenck, C.E., Braver, S.L., Wolchik, S.A., Saenz, D., Cookston, J. T., & Fabricius, W.V. (2009). Relations between mattering to step- and non-residential fathers and adolescent mental health. Fathering, 7(1), 70 - 90. full text

Parke, R. D., Vega, E, Cookston, J. T., Perez, N., & Coltrane (2008). Imagining the future of immigrant fathers.  In S.S. Chuang & R.P. Moreno (Eds.), On New Shores: Understanding Immigrant Fathers in North America, pp. 289 - 318.  New York: Lexington Books. Full text

Sandler, I., Miles, J., Cookston, J. T., & Braver, S. L. (2008).  Effects of father and mother parenting on children’s mental health in high- and low-conflict divorces.  Family Court Review, 46(2), 282-296. Full text

Aceves, M. J., & Cookston, J. T. (2007).  Violent victimization, aggression, and parent-adolescent relations:  Quality parenting as a buffer for violently victimized youth.  Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 36(5).  Full text

Cookston, J. T., Braver, S. L., Griffin, W., deLuse, S. R., & Miles, J. C. (2007).  Effects of the Dads for Life intervention on interparental conflict and co-parenting in the two years after divorce. Family Processes, 46(1), 123-137. Full text

Cookston, J. T., Sandler, I. N., Braver, S. L., & Genalo, T. (2007). Predicting readiness to adopt evidence-based programs for divorcing families:  Champions, attitudes, and access to funding.  American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 77(4), 573-581. full text

Cookston, J. T. & Finlay, A. K. (2006).  Paternal involvement and adolescent adjustment:  Longitudinal findings from Add Health.  Fathering:  A Journal of Theory, Research, and Practice About Men as Father, 4(2), 137-158. Full text

Braver, S. L., Griffin, W. A., Cookston, J.T., Sandler, I. N., & Williams, J. (2005).  Promoting better fathering among divorced non-resident fathers.  In W. M. Pinsof & J. Lebow (Eds.), Family Psychology:  The art of the science.  Oxford University Press.  Full text

Braver, S. L., Griffin, W. A., & Cookston, J. T (2005).  Prevention programs for divorced nonresident fathers.  Family Court Review, 43(1), 81-96. Full text

Cookston, J. T., Harrist, A.W., & Ainslie, R.A. (2003). Affliative and instrumental marital discord, mother’s negative affect, and children’s negative interactions with unfamiliar peers. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 12(2), 185-200.  Full text

Rew, L., Becker, H., Cookston, J., Khosropour, S., & Martinez, S. (2003). Measuring cultural awareness in nursing student. Journal of Nursing Education, 42(6), 249- 257. Full text

Braver, S. L., & Cookston, J. T. (2003).  Controversies, clarifications, and consequences of divorce's legacy: Introduction to the Special Collection. Family Relations: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Studies, 52(4), 314-317. Full text

Braver, S.L., Cookston, J. T., & Cohen, B.R. (2002). Experiences of family law attorneys regarding current issues in family law: Results of a survey conducted at a bar association conference. Family Relations, 51, 325-334. Full text

Cookston, J. T., Braver, S. L., Sandler, I., & Genalo, T. (2002).  Prospects for expanded court-based services for children of divorce.  Family Court Review, 40(2), 190-203.  Full text

Becker, H., Cookston, J. T., & Kulberg, V. (2000).  Mailed survey follow-ups:  Are post-card reminders more cost-effective than second questionnaires?  Western Journal of Nursing, 22(5), 642-246. Full text

Cookston, J. T. (1999).  Parental supervision and family structure:  Effects on adolescent problem behavior.  Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 32(1/2), 107-122. Full text


S. L. Braver & J. T. Cookston (Eds.) (2003).    The legacy of divorce: Controversies, clarifications and consequences.  Family Relations.