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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Psychology


Clare Stocker

Dr. Stocker is not interested in taking a new graduate student for Fall 2019. 

Areas of expertise/research interests

  • Family relationships and psychological adjustment in children, adolescents and young adults
  • Sibling relationships
  • Genetic and environmental interplay in predicting behavior and psychological adjustment
  • Links among family relationships, friendships and romantic relationships
  • Economic stress, family relationships and psychological adjustment

Current Research and Projects

My research focuses on associations among environmental stresses, genetic factors, family relationships, and psychological adjustment in childhood, adolescence and early adulthood.

The Family Relationship Study (FRS), funded by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, explores links among marital relationships, parent-child relationships, sibling relationships and psychological adjustment. Data were collected from a sample in Denver at four time points starting when pairs of siblings were in middle childhood and ending when they were young adults.

I am collaborating with researchers form U.C. Davis on the Family Transitions Project (FTP). This is a multigenerational study that is following a group of families across three generations. The focus of the project is on economic stress, family relationships, behavioral genetics and health and psychological adjustment.

Professional Biography

I am currently working on three specific projects. The first examines how family relationships, parents' adjustment and adolescents' adjustment change when adolescents leave home to start college or live on their own.

The second project examines the associations among economic stress, family relationships and adolescents' depressive symptoms. We also investigate whether a genetic variable, the serotonin transporter linked polymorphism; 5HTTLPR moderates the links between these variables and adolescents' depressive symptoms.

The third project explores whether there are genetic differences in susceptibility to stress, and whether individual differences in mothers' and fathers' susceptibility to economic stress impacts their parenting behaviors.


  • Ph.D. Penn State University, 1989
  • M.S. Cornell University, 1986
  • B.A. Hampshire College, 1982

Selected Publications

  • Conger, K.J., Stocker, C. & McGuire, S. (2009). Sibling socialization: The effects of stressful life events and experiences. In L. Kramer & K.J. Conger (Eds.), Siblings as agents of socialization. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 126, 45-60. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Richmond, M.K. & Stocker, C.M. (2008). Longitudinal associations between parents' hostility and siblings' externalizing behavior in the context of marital discord. Journal of Family Psychology, 22(2), pp. 231-240.
  • Richmond, M.K. & Stocker, C.M. (2007). Changes in children's appraisals of marital discord from childhood through adolescence. Journal of Family Psychology, 21(3), pp. 416-425.
  • Stocker, C.M. & Richmond, M.K. (2007). Longitudinal associations between hostility in adolescents' family relationships and friendships and hostility in their romantic relationships. Journal of Family Psychology, 21(3), pp. 490-497.
  • Stocker, C.M., Richmond, M.K., Rhoades, G. & Kiang, L. (2007). Family emotional processes and adolescents' adjustment, Social Development. 16(2), pp. 310-325.
  • Richmond, M.K. & Stocker, C.M. (2006). Associations between family cohesion and Adolescent siblings' externalizing behavior. Journal of Family Psychology, 20(4), pp. 663-669.