Erin H. Sharp

Master in Public Policy Faculty
Faculty Fellow
Phone: (603) 862-2151
Office: Human Development & Family Studies, Pettee Hall Rm 213, Durham, NH 03824
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Erin Hiley Sharp, PhD, is a professor for the Master in Public Policy program, a Carsey faculty fellow and assistant professor of human development and family studies at the University of New Hampshire. Her research interests include activity involvement as a context for adolescent development; parental, family, and broader contextual influences on adolescent development; and prevention research and theory from a positive youth development perspective. At the Carsey School of Public Policy, Erin’s work focuses on investigating factors that contribute to the positive development of vulnerable youth. Much of this work will involve analysis of data from the Youth Panel Study of Coos County.

Erin received her doctorate degree in human development and family studies from the Pennsylvania State University in 2006. She joined UNH in 2009 after spending two years as an assistant professor of human development at Mississippi State University.


  • Ph.D., Human Development & Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University
  • M.S., Human Development & Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University
  • B.S., Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University

Courses Taught

  • FS 707: Practicum
  • FS 746: Human Sexuality
  • FS 846: Human Sexuality
  • FS 911: Grad Internship/Adolescent Dev
  • FS 950: Contemp Iss Adolescent Develop
  • HDFS 624: Dev Persp Adolsc&Early Adulthd
  • HDFS 695: Independent Study
  • HDFS 707: Practicum/Child
  • HDFS 746: Human Sexuality
  • HDFS 846: Human Sexuality
  • HDFS 950: Contemp Iss Adolescent Develop
  • HDFS 993: Theoretical Approaches to HDFS
  • HDFS 994: Research Seminar
  • RMP 970: Teaching Practicum

Selected Publications

Seaman, J., Sharp, E. H., & Coppens, A. D. (2017). A Dialectical Approach to Theoretical Integration in Developmental-Contextual Identity Research. DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY, 53(11), 2023-2035. doi:10.1037/dev0000383

Tucker, C. J., Sharp, E. H., Van Gundy, K. T., & Rebellon, C. J. (2017). Household chaos, relationships with parents and adolescents’ future beliefs. Journal of Family Studies, 23(3), 229-242. doi:10.1080/13229400.2015.1090327

Van Gundy, K. T., Rebellon, C. J., Jaffee, E. M., Stracuzzi, N. F., Sharp, E. H., & Tucker, C. J. (2016). Perceived Local Job Prospects and School Connectedness in a Struggling Rural Economy: A Life-Course Perspective. Peabody Journal of Education, 91(2), 224-245. doi:10.1080/0161956X.2016.1151748

Van Gundy, K. T., Tucker, C. J., Stracuzzi, N. F., Sharp, E. H., & Rebellon, C. J. (2016). The rural context of substance misuse in the United States Emerging adult patterns and local perceptions following the Great Recession. In ROUTLEDGE INTERNATIONAL HANDBOOK OF RURAL CRIMINOLOGY (pp. 253-263). Retrieved from

Tucker, C. J., Van Gundy, K., Sharp, E. H., & Rebellon, C. (2015). Brief report: Physical health of adolescent perpetrators of sibling aggression. Journal of Adolescence, 45, 171-173. doi:10.1016/j.adolescence.2015.09.007

Sharp, E. H., Coffman, D. L., Caldwell, L. L., Smith, E. A., Wegner, L., Vergnani, T., & Mathews, C. (2011). Predicting substance use behavior among South African adolescents: The role of leisure experiences across time. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 35(4), 343-351. doi:10.1177/0165025411404494

Sharp, E. H., Coatsworth, J. D., Darling, N., Cumsille, P., & Ranieri, S. (2007). Gender differences in the self-defining activities and identity experiences of adolescents and emerging adults. Journal of Adolescence, 30(2), 251-269. doi:10.1016/j.adolescence.2006.02.006

Schwartz, S. J., Coatsworth, J. D., Pantin, H., Prado, G., Sharp, E. H., & Szapocznik, J. (2006). The role of ecodevelopmental context and self-concept in depressive and externalizing symptoms in Hispanic adolescents. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 30(4), 359-370. doi:10.1177/0165025406066779

Sharp, E. H., Caldwell, L. L., Graham, J. W., & Ridenour, T. A. (2006). Individual Motivation and Parental Influence on Adolescents’ Experiences of Interest in Free Time: A Longitudinal Examination. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 35(3), 340-353. doi:10.1007/s10964-006-9045-6

Coatsworth, J. D., Sharp, E. H., Palen, L. A., Darling, N., Cumsille, P., & Marta, E. (2005). Exploring adolescent self-defining leisure activities and identity experiences across three countries. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL DEVELOPMENT, 29(5), 361-370. doi:10.1080/01650250500166972

Most Cited Publications