Erin Sharp

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
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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Adolescent development and emerging adulthood, with a focus on activity involvement as a context for the development of identity and future perspective; parental, family, and broader contextual influences on adolescent development; prevention research and theory from a positive youth development perspective.

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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.

Education

  • 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

  • EDUC 995: Ind Stdy/Asian Am Acad Achiev
  • FS 707: Practicum
  • FS 746: Human Sexuality
  • FS 846: Human Sexuality
  • FS 899: Master's Thesis
  • FS 911: Grad Internship/Adolescent Dev
  • FS 950: Contemp Iss Adolescent Develop
  • FS 995: Seminar and Special Problems
  • HDFS 624: Dev Persp Adolsc&Early Adulthd
  • HDFS 695: Independent Study
  • HDFS 707: Practicum/Child
  • HDFS 746: Human Sexuality
  • HDFS 795: Adv Independent Study
  • 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

Tucker, C. J., Sharp, E. H., Van Gundy, K. T., & Rebellon, C. (2019). Perpetration of sibling aggression and sibling relationship quality in emerging adulthood. Personal Relationships, 26(3), 529-539. doi:10.1111/pere.12288

Seaman, J., Sharp, E. H., Tucker, C. J., Van Gundy, K., & Rebellon, C. (2019). Outdoor activity involvement and postsecondary status among rural adolescents: Results from a longitudinal analysis. Journal of Leisure Research, 50(1), 18-27. doi:10.1080/00222216.2018.1544472

Tucker, C. J., Sharp, E. H., Van Gundy, K. T., & Rebellon, C. (2018). Household Chaos, Hostile Parenting, and Adolescents’ Well-Being Two Years Later. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27(11), 3701-3708. doi:10.1007/s10826-018-1198-x

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., Tucker, C. J., Stracuzzi, N. F., Sharp, E. H., & Rebellon, C. J. (2016). The rural context of substance misuse in the United States. In The Routledge International Handbook of Rural Criminology (pp. 253-263). Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781315755885-29

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

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., Palen, L. -A., Sharp, E. H., & Ferrer-Wreder, L. (2006). Self-Defining Activities, Expressive Identity, and Adolescent Wellness. Applied Developmental Science, 10(3), 157-170. doi:10.1207/s1532480xads1003_5

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:10.1177/01650250500166972

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

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