Andrea Hussong, Ph.D.

I am the Director of the Center for Developmental Science and a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  My research has three primary foci, those being (a) identifying developmental pathways leading to substance misuse, particularly among high-risk youth within families having an alcoholic or drug-addicted parent, (b) understanding socialization processes relevant to the development of children’s well-being, particularly gratitude. and (c) the application of advanced quantitative methodology to the longitudinal study of developmental processes (including the advancement of data pooling approaches such as Integrative Data Analysis). Together these lines of research examine the risk and protective mechanisms that lead to health and well-being outcomes across the early lifecourse.