Professor Psychology

Lisa Crockett's research interests focus on adolescent development. She conducts research in two primary areas: adolescent risk behavior, with an emphasis on sexuality; and ethnic differences in parenting and adolescent adjustment. In one study, Dr. Crockett followed a sample of rural adolescents from early adolescence into early adulthood. Using this data set she has examined psychological and social predictors of early sexuality activity and heavy drinking among rural youth, as well as adolescent predictors of young adult outcomes. In subsequent work she examined the childhood origins of adolescents' sexual risk-taking, focusing on self-regulation as a key predictor. Currently, she is probing the relationships between early temperament and internalizing and externalizing problems, exploring the role of puberty, on one hand, and that of key social contexts (family, school, peers) on the other. Her work on ethnicity has examined the relations between parenting practices and adolescent adjustment across different ethnic groups, using national survey data and qualitative data from focus group interviews with teenagers. Her most recent project in this line of research examines the development and well-being of Latino adolescents, with particular attention to ecological, familial, and social-cognitive predictors. Dr. Crockett served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Research on Adolescence from 1999-2004 and currently serves on the editorial boards of Developmental Psychology, the Journal of Early Adolescence, and Culture, Diversity, and Ethnic  Minority Psychology. She is president of the Society for Research on Adolescence.

Representative Recent Publications
  • Crockett, L. J., Rudasill, K. M., Wasserman, A. M., Kalutskaya, I., & Hoffman, L. (2017). Temperamental anger and effortful control, teacher–child conflict, and externalizing behavior across the elementary school years.  Child Development.

  • Wasserman, A. M., Crockett, L. J., & Hoffman, L.  (2017). Reward seeking and cognitive control: Using the dual systems model to adolescent sexual behavior.  Journal of Research on Adolescence.

  • Soulakova, J., & Crockett, L. J. (2017). Level of cigarette consumption and duration of smoking abstinence during failed quit attempts among long-term daily smokers: The role of race/ethnicity and cessation aids.  Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. doi: 10.1007/s40615-017-0370-0 

  • Davis, A., Carlo, G., Streit, C., & Crockett, L. J.  (2017). Considering economic stress and empathic traits in predicting prosocial behaviors among U.S. Latino adolescents.  Social Development.

  • Deutsch, A., & Crockett, L. J. (2016). Gender, generational status, and parent-adolescent sexual communication: Implications for Latino/a adolescent sexual behavior. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 26, 300-315. doi:10.1111/jora.12192

  • Beal, S. J., Crockett, L. J., & Peugh, J. (2016). Adolescents’ expectations for the future and changes in expectations predict timing of adult role transitions. Developmental Psychology, 52, 1606-1618.

  • Soulakova, J., & Crockett, L. J. (2016). Unassisted quitting and smoking cessation methods used in the US: Analyses of 2010-2011 Tobacco Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey Data.  Nicotine and Tobacco Research

  • Crockett, L. J., & Carlo, G. (Eds.) (2016). Rural ethnic minority youth in the United States: Theory, research and applications. In R. Levesque (Series Ed.) Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development. New York: Springer. New York: Springer.
  • Soulakova, J.N., Bright, B., & Crockett, L. J. (2015). Perception of time since smoking cessation: Time in memory can elapse faster. Journal of Addictive Behaviours, Therapy and Rehabilitation, 3(1).

  • Soulakova, J. N., Huang, H., & Crockett, L. J. (2015). Racial/ethnic disparities in consistent reporting of smoking-related behaviors. Journal of Addictive Behaviors, Therapy & Rehabilitation, 4:4.

  • Rudasill, K. M., Niehaus, K., Crockett, L. J., & Rakes, C. R.  (2014). Changes in school connectedness and deviant peer affiliation among sixth-grade students from high-poverty neighborhoods.  Journal of Early Adolescence, 34, 896-922. doi:10.1177/0272431613511330
  • Soulakova, J. N., & Crockett, L. J. (2014). Consistency and recanting of ever-smoking status reported by self and proxy respondents one year apart.  Journal of Addictive Behaviours, Therapy and Rehabilitation, 3(1). PMID: 24795898.

  • Crockett, L. J., Carlo, G., Wolff, J. M., & Hope, M. (2013). The role of pubertal timing and temperamental vulnerability in adolescents’ internalizing problems. Development and Psychopathology, 25, 377–389.

  • Nelson, T. D., Kidwell, K. M., Armenta, B. E., Crockett, L. J., Carlo, G., & Whitbeck, L. B. (2013). Rural Latino adolescent health: Preliminary examination of health risks and cultural correlates. Journal of Health Psychology. DOI: 10.1177/1359105313479631

  • Beal, S. J. & Crockett, L. J.  (2013). Adolescents' occupational and educational goals: A test of reciprocal relations. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 34, 219–229.

  • Crockett, L. J., & Beal, S. J. (2012). The life course in the making: Gender and the development of adolescents’ expected timing of adult role transitions. Developmental Psychology, 48, 1727–1738.

  • Deutsch, A., Crockett, L. J., Wolff, J. M., & Russell, S. T. (2012). Parent and peer pathways to adolescent delinquency:  Variations by ethnicity and neighborhood context. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 41, 1078-1094.

  • Carlo, G., Crockett, L. J., & Wolff, J. M., & Beal, S. J. (2012). Links between pubertal development, emotional reactivity, and self-regulation and prosocial behaviors. Social Development, 21, 667–685.

  • Wolff, J., & Crockett, L. J. (2011). The role of deliberative decision making, parenting, and friends in adolescent risk behaviors. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 40, 1607-1622.

  • Carlo, G., Crockett, L. J., Wilkinson, J. L., & Beal, S. J. (2011). The longitudinal relations between adolescents’ prosocial behavior and young adult substance use. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 40, 1192-1202.

  • Carlo, G., Crockett, L. J., & Carranza, M. (Eds.) (2011). Health disparities in families and youth: Theory and research applications. Nebraska Symposium on Motivation, 53Lincoln, NE:  New York: Springer.

  • Beal, S. J., & Crockett, L. J. (2010). Adolescents’ occupational and educational aspirations and expectations: Links to high school activities and adult educational attainment. Developmental Psychology, 46, 258-263.

  • Moilanen, K. L., Crockett, L. J., & Raffaelli, M.  (2010). Trajectories of sexual risk from mid-adolescence to early adulthood. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 20, 114-139. 

  • McGinley, M., Carlo, G., Crockett, L., Raffaelli, M., Torres-Stone, R., & Iturbide, M. (2010). Stressed and helping: The relations among acculturative stress, gender, and prosocial behaviors in Mexican Americans. Journal of Social Psychology, 150, 34-56.

  • Russell, S. T., Crockett, L, J., & Chao, R. (Eds.) (2010). Asian American parenting and parent-adolescent relationships. In R. Levesque (Series Ed.) Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development. New York: Springer.