Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Dr. Seidel leads the Aging Families & Community Health Research Team. Her research focuses on context specific bi-directional effects of relationship interactions throughout adulthood such as educationally engaged, chronic illness, military, or poverty settings. Research projects include aspects of social relationships (e.g., social support & control, relationship well-being, adult child/parent interactions), behavioral components (e.g., depressive symptoms, mindfulness, compulsive media use), and health outcomes (e.g., diet, sleep quality, diabetes). Undergraduate students working with the Aging Families & Community Health Research Team assist at community programs such as the Annual Diabetes Expo, Senior Centers, and Area Agency on Aging programs. Further, in the lab, students can assist with questionnaire design, quantitative methods, data entry, and literature reviews.