Robert F. Corwyn, Ph.D. Professor

Courses Instructed

  • Statistics and Methods I
  • Statistics and Methods II
  • Advanced Behavioral Statistics

Current Projects

Dr. Corwyn is currently involved in several research projects. Corwyn’s interests are primarily child development and adolescent behavior. He has been involved with the NICHD Early Childcare Study for approximately 10 years and serves as statistical and data consultant for the Arkansas site as well as consults with several out-of-state investigators using this data. In addition, Corwyn is currently working on projects using other national data sets-including the National Longitudinal Study of Youth (NLSY), Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), Adolescent Health (AdHealth) and the newest NLSY cohort called the NLSY97. Corwyn’s research interests include parenting (that includes fathering), the influence of the home environment on child well-being, work-family conflict, resiliency, the influence of socioeconomic status on child development and adolescent delinquency. As a tool to address these research questions, Corwyn is interested in a variety of statistical procedures such as regression, path analysis, structural equation modeling, confirmatory factor analysis and hierarchical linear modeling.

Students are always welcome to discuss research with me. Those who are interested in working on a research project, however, must be willing to devote several hours a week to research and conduct oneself in a professional manner. That means, show up for scheduled meetings and always do what you say you will do. Although research is hard work, it is also very rewarding. Moreover, research experience is invaluable in graduate school.

Recent Presentations

Corwyn, R.F., & Bradley, R.H. (2011, March). Externalizing problems: Relations with productive activity, sensitivity and harsh parenting from infancy through adolescence. Poster session presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. Montreal, Canada.

Faucett, J., Poling, T., Corwyn, R.F., Moore, B.D., Poling, T.H. (2011, May). The moderating effects of role ambiguity on the relationship between role conflict and intrinsic aspects of clergy job satisfaction. Poster presentation presented at the 23rd Annual APS convention, Washington, DC.

Poling, T, Faucett, J. and Corwyn, R.F. (2010, August). Personality and occupational stress in Methodist ministers. Plenary session presented at 31st World Conference on Stress and Anxiety Research. Galway, Ireland.

Corwyn, R.F., & Bradley, R.H. (2009, April). HOME: What the use and adaptation of the
measure tells us about efforts to improve children’s lives around the world.
Oral presentation at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. Denver, CO.

Faucett, J., Poling, T., Corwyn, R., Mastin, D. Jordan, R. (June, 2009). Personality and job related attitudes of United Methodist Pastors. Poster session presented at the eighth annual International Conference on Social Sciences, Honolulu, Hawaii.



Davis, N.R., Ashba, J., Appugliese, D.P., Kaciroti, N., Corwyn, R.F. and Bradley, R.H. (2011). Adolescent obesity and maternal and paternal sensitivity and monitoring. International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, 6, 1-7.


Bradley, R.H., & Corwyn, R.F. (2010). Socioeconomic status and child development. In Barbara Maughan and Michael Little (Eds.). Child Development. Ashgate Publishing Group. Farnham, Surrey. United Kingdom.

Lee, J.M., Kaciroti, N.A., Appugliese, D.P., Corwyn, R.F., Bradley, R.H., Lumeng, J.C. (2010). Body mass index and timing of pubertal initiation in boys. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 164, 139-144.

Lumeng, J.M., Forrest, P,. Appugliese, D.P. Kaciroti, M., Corwyn, R.F. & Bradley, R.H. (2010). Weight status as a predictor of being bullied in third through sixth grades. Pediatrics, 6, 1301-1307.


Rhee, K. E., Coleman, S.M., Appugliese, D.P., Kaciroti, N.A., Corwyn, R.F., Davidson, N.S., Bradley, R.H. and Lumeng, J.C. (2009). Maternal feeding practices become more controlling after and not before excessive rates of weight gain. Obesity, 17, 1724-1729.

Seeyave, D.M., Coleman, S., Appulgliese, D.A., Corwyn, R.F., Bradley, R.H., Davidson, N.S., Kaciroti, N.A., Lumeng, J.C. (2009). Ability to delay gratification at age 4 years and risk of overweight at age 11 years. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 163, 303-308.

Bacha, J.M. Appugliese, D.P., Coleman, S.M., Kaciroti, N.A., Bradley, R.H., Corwyn, R.F. and Lumeng, J.C. (2009). Maternal perception of neighborhood safety as a predictor of child weight status: The moderating effect of gender and assessment of potential mediators. International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, 1-8.

Lee, J.M., Appugliese, D.P., Coleman, S.M., Kaciroti, N.A., Corwyn, R.F., Bradley, R.H., Sandberg, D.E. and Lumeng, J.C. (2009). Short stature in a population-based cohort: Social, emotional, and behavioral functioning. Pediatrics, 124, 902-910.

Evans, G.W., Ricciuti, H.N., Hope, S., Schoon, I., Bradley, R.H., Corwyn, R.F., Hazan, C. (2009). Crowding and cognitive development: The mediating role of maternal responsiveness among 36-month-old children. Environment and Behavior, 20, 1-14.


Corwyn, R.F., & Bradley, R.H. (2008). The Panethnic Asian label and predictors of eighth-grade student achievement. School Psychology Quarterly, 23, 90-106.

Bradley, R.H. and Corwyn, R.F. (2008). Infant temperament, parenting, and externalizing behavior in first grade: A test of the differential susceptibility hypothesis. The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 49, 124-131.


Bradley, R.H. & Corwyn, R.F. (2007). Externalizing problems in fifth grade: Relations with productive activity, maternal sensitivity, and harsh parenting from infancy through middle childhood. Developmental Psychology, 43,  pp. 1390-1401.

Lee, J.M., Kaciroti, N., Corwyn, R.F., Bradley, R.H. & Lumeng, J.C. (2007). Unsuspected consequences of the adolescent overweight epidemic: In reply. Pediatrics, 120, pp. 925-926.

Lee, J.M., Appugliese, N., Kaciroti, R.F., Corwyn, R.H. & Bradley, R.H., & Lumeng (2007). Weight status in young girls and the onset of puberty. Pediatrics, 119, pp. 624-630.

Lumeng, J. C., Somashekar, D., Appugliese, D., Kaciroti, N., Corwyn, R. F., Bradley, R. H. (2007). Shorter Sleep Duration Is Associated With Increased Risk for Being Overweight at Ages 9 to 12 Years. Pediatrics, 120, 1020-1029.


Bradley, R.H., & Corwyn, R.F. (2006). The family environment. In Lawrence Balter & Catherine S. Tamis-LeMonda (Eds.). Child Psychology: A handbook of contemporary issues (3rd Edition). New York, NY. Psychology Press.

Helton, S., Corwyn, R.F., Bonner, M.J., Brown, R.T., Mulhern, R.K. (2006). Factor analysis and teacher rating scales in childhood cancer survivors. Journal of Pediadric Psychology, 31, 200-208.

Mastin, D., Bryson, J., & Corwyn, R. (2006). Assessment of sleep hygiene using the sleep hygiene index. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 29, 223-227.


Benda, B.B., Toombs, N.J., & Corwyn, R.F. (2005). Self control, gender and age: A survival analysis of recidivism among boot camp graduates in a 5-year follow-up. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 40, 115-132.

Bradley, R.H., & Corwyn, R.F. (2005). Productive activity and the prevention of behavior problems. Developmental Psychology, 41, 89-98.

Bradley, R.H., & Corwyn, R.F. (2005). Caring for children around the world: A view from HOME. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 6, 468-478.

Corwyn, R.F. & Bradley, R.H. (2005). The cross-gender equivalence of strains and gains from occupying multiple roles among dual-earner couples. Parenting: Science and practice, 5, 1-27.

Corwyn, R.F., & Bradley, R.H. (2005). Socioeconomic status and child development. Chapter 19 In Vern Bengtson, Alan Acock, Katherine Allen, Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, and David Klein (Eds.), Sourcebook of family theories and Methods: An interactive approach. Newbury Park, CA. Sage Publications.


Bradley, R.H., & Corwyn, R.F. (2004). Life Satisfaction among European American, African American, Chinese American, Mexican American, and Dominican American Adolescents. International Journal of Behavioral Devlopement.

Bradley, R.H., & Corwyn, R.F. (2004). Family process investments that matter for child well-being. In A. Kalil & T. DeLeire (Eds.), Family investments in children: Resources and behaviors that promote success. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

2003Bradley, R.H. & Corwyn, R.F. (2003). Age and ethnic variations in family process mediators of SES. In M.H. Bornstein & R.H. Bradley (Eds.), Socioeconomic status, parenting, and child development. Mahweh, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Bradley, R.H., & Corwyn, R.F. (2003). Parenting and the home environment.
In Lawrence Balter & Catherine S. Tamis-LeMonda (Eds.). Child Psychology:
A handbook of contemporary issues
(2nd Edition). New York, NY. Psychology Press.

Bradley, R.H., & Corwyn, R.F. (2003). The child care HOME Inventories: Assessing the quality of family child care homes. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 18, 294-309.

Whiteside-Mansell, L. & Corwyn, R.F. (2003). An examination of factor invariance of adult and adolescent self-esteem. Educational Psychological Measurement, 63, 163-173.


Bradley, R.H., & Corwyn, R.F. (2002). Socioeconomic status and child development. Annual Review of Psychology, 53, 371-399.

Benda, B.B.,and Corwyn, R.F. (2002). The effect of abuse in childhood and in adolescence on violence among adolescents. Youth and Society, 33, 339-365.

Benda, B.B. and Corwyn, R.F. (2002). Are the effects of religion on crime mediated, moderated, and misrepresented by inappropriate measures? Journal of Social Service Research, 27, 57-86.

Corwyn, R.F., & Bradley, R.H. (2002). Stability of maternal socio-emotional investment in young children. Parenting: Science and Practice, 2, 27-46.

Corwyn, R.F., & Benda, B.B. (2002). The relationship between use of alcohol, other drugs, and crime among adolescents: An argument for a delinquency syndrome. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 20, 35-50.

Corwyn, R.F. (2002). Church attendance or expressions of religiosity: Predictors of adolescent drug use. Journal of Marriage and Family


Benda, B.B., Corwyn, R.F., and Toombs, N.J. (2001). Recidivism among adolescent serious offenders: Predictions of entry into the correctional system. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 28, 588-613.

Benda, B.B., Corwyn, R.F., & Toombs, N.J. (2001). From adolescent “serious offender” to adult felon: A predictive study of offense progression. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 32, 79-108.

Benda, B.B., Corwyn, R.F., & Rodell, D.E. (2001). Alcohol and violence among youth in boot camps for non-violent offenders. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 19, 37-56.

Bradley, R.H., Corwyn, R.F., McAdoo, H.P., Garcia Coll, C. (2001). The home environments of children in the United States: Part 1, Variations by Ethnic and Income Group. Child Development, 72, 1844-1867.

Bradley, R.H., Corwyn, R.F., Burchinal, M., McAdoo, H.P., Garcia Coll, C.(2001). The home environments of children in the United States: Part 2, Relations with behavioral development from birth through age 13. Child Development, 72, 1868-1886.

Bradley, R.H., & Corwyn, R.F. (2001). Home environment and behavioral development during adolescence: The mediating and moderating roles of self-efficacy beliefs. Merrill Palmer Quarterly, 47, 165-187.

Corwyn, R.F., & Benda, B.B. (2001). Violent youths in Southern public schools in America. International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, 10, 69-90.

Whiteside-Mansell, L., Bradley, R.H., Little, T.D., Corwyn, R.F., & Spiker, D. (2001). An examination of cross-racial comparability of mother-child interaction among African American and Anglo American families. Journal of Marriage and Family, 63, 767-778.


Benda, B.B., & Corywn, R.F. (2000) A theoretical model of religiosity and drug use with reciprocal relationships: A test using structural equation modeling. Journal of Social Service Research, 26, 43-68.

Benda, B.B., & Corwyn, R.F. (2000) A test of the validity of delinquency syndrome construct in a homogeneous sample. Journal of Adolescence, 23, pp. 497-512.

Bradley, R.H., & Corwyn, R.F. (2000) Fathers’ Socioemotional Investment in their children. Journal of Men’s Studies, 8, 333-347.

Bradley, R.H., & Corwyn, R.F., Caldwell, B.M., Whiteside-Mansell, L., Wasserman, G.A., & Mink, I.T. (2000) Measuring the home environments of children in early adolescence. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 10, 247-289.

Bradley, R.H., & Corwyn, R.F. (2000) The moderating effect of perceived amount of family conflict on the relation between home environmental processes and the well-being of adolescents. Journal of Family Psychology, 14, 349-364.

Corwyn, R.F. (2000). The factor structure of global self-esteem among adolescents and adults. Journal of Research in Personality, 34, 357-379.

Corwyn, R.F., & Benda, B.B. (2000). Religiosity and church attendance: The effects of use of hard drugs controlling for socioeconomic and theoretical factors. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 10, 241-248.

Corwyn, R.F., & Benda, B. (2000). Multiple Contingency Table Analyses of the Deviant Syndrome: How much overlap is there?” Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 9, 39-56.

Toombs, N.J., Benda, B.B., & Corwyn, R.F. (2000). Violent youth in boot camps for non-violent offenders. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 31, 113-134.


Benda, B.B., & Corwyn, R.F. (1999) Developmental differences in theories of sexual behavior among rural adolescents residing in AFDC families. Deviant Behavior 20, 359-386.

Benda, B.B., & Corwyn, R.F. (1999) Abstinence and birth control among rural adolescents in impoverished families: A test of theoretical discriminators. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 16, 191-214.

Bradley, R.H., & Corwyn, R.F. (1999) Parenting. In C. Tamis-LeMonda & L. Balter (Eds.), Child Psychology: A handbook of contemporary issues.

Corwyn, R.F., Benda, B.B. (1999) Examination of an integrated theoretical model of exercise behavior. American Journal of Health Behavior, 23, 381-392.

Corwyn, R.F., Benda, B.B., Clowers, R.L., Yuxaing, L. (1999). Drug use and sexual behavior: A syndrome among adolescents? Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 17, 25-36.

Corwyn, R.F., & Benda, B. (1999). Theoretical factors influencing adolescent sexual behavior: Evidence from a rural sample living in poverty. Journal of Family Social Work, 3, 59-77.

Corwyn, R.F., & Bradley, R.H. (1999) Determinants of paternal and maternal investment in children. Infant Mental Health Journal, 20, 238-256.