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Dr. Jay A. Mancini - Bio


Jay A. Mancini is the Haltiwanger Distinguished Professor of Human Development and Family Science at The University of Georgia. He is also Emeritus Professor of Human Development at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). From 1977 to 2009 he was on the faculty in the Department of Human Development at Virginia Tech, and was also the Senior Research Fellow at Virginia Tech's Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment. In 2013, he was the Ambiguous Loss Visiting Scholar at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Mancini's work has focused on lifespan human development, community systems, building community capacity, military family support systems, time-use and families, and psychological well-being. Throughout his career the focus has been on resilience and vulnerabilities of individuals, families, and communities, and their multiple intersections. His program development and evaluation research has been funded by Andrus Foundation, the National Institute on Aging (NIH), U.S. Department of Agriculture, Virginia Department of Mental Health, U.S. Department of the Air Force, U.S. Department of the Army, and U.S. Department of Defense (Military Community and Family Policy Directorate), totaling more than $15M. He has been a consultant with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (TN), America's Promise Alliance (D.C.), Caliber Associates (Fairfax, VA), Family Research and Analysis (Greensboro, NC), Social Research Applications Corporation (D.C.), and the Human Services Research and Design Laboratory (UNC-Chapel Hill). He has also been a consulting Research Sociologist to the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.

Dr. Mancini has published his work in periodicals such as Journal of Marriage and the Family, Journal of Leisure Research, Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, Educational and Psychological Measurement, Family Science Review, Human Relations, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, The Prevention Researcher, Journal of Community Practice, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, and Family Relations, and has contributed chapters to numerous books, including Handbook of Marriage and the Family (3rd edition), Encyclopedia of Primary Prevention and Health Promotion (1st and 2nd editions), Family Systems in Medicine, Close Relationship Loss: Theoretical Perspectives, and Family Strengths: Positive Models for Family Life. He is the editor of Aging Parents and Adult Children (D.C. Heath, 1989), and editor, with Karen A. Roberto, of Pathways of Human Development: Explorations of Change (Lexington, 2009). He has edited special issues of Family Relations (on changing families in America, and on families and communities), Journal of Family Issues (on family gerontology), and was Senior Editor of Families in Focus, a book series of the National Council on Family Relations. He is now authoring, with Pauline Boss and Chalandra Bryant, Family Stress Management: A Contextual Approach (Sage). Current and forthcoming publications are in Child and Family Social Work, Family Relations, Military Medicine, Journal of Family Issues, and Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology.

Dr. Mancini has received one university-level award (2007 Distinguished Alumni Service Award from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro) and two college-level awards recognizing his career contributions to the family science discipline (2002 Outstanding Alumnus Award, School of Human Environmental Sciences, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and 2008 Alumni Distinguished Research Award, College of Human Ecology, Kansas State University). He is a Fellow of the National Council on Family Relations, and a Fellow of the World Demographic Association.

Dr. Mancini's current theorizing and research focus on families and communities. Active research projects include examination of the social relationships of youth and their implications for developmental outcomes, study of parents and their adolescents regarding family dynamics and youth developmental outcomes, and an international study of the intersections of resilience and vulnerabilities among homeless Veterans.