Thomas S. Weisner
PROFESSOR IN RESIDENCE
B.A., Reed College, 1965; Ph.D., Harvard 1973
Office: B7-436 NPI, Center for Cuilture & Health, 760 Westwood Plaza, Dept of Psychiatry
341 Haines Hall - Box 951553
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1553
Psychological anthropology; human development; medical anthropology; mixed research methods; evidence-informed policy
Culture, human development and the family; children & families at risk; mixed methods; evidence-informed policy; Africa, United States.
Duncan, G., Huston, A., & Weisner, T. (2007). Higher Ground: New Hope for working families and their children. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
Yoshikawa, H., Weisner, T. S., & Lowe, E. (Eds.). (2006). Making it work: Low-wage employment, family life and child development. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
Weisner, T.S. 2011. The Ecocultural Family Interview: New conceptualizations and uses for the study of illness. Papers in honor of Vanna Axia. Padova: University of Padova Press.
Weisner, T.S., & Barbara H. Fiese. (2011). Introduction to the special section of the Journal of Family Psychology: Integrative and applied solutions for family science. Journal of Family Psychology 25 (6):795-798.
Weisner, T.S. (2011). If you work in this country you should not be poor, and your kids should be doing better: Bringing mixed methods and theory in psychological anthropology to improve research in policy and practice. Ethos 39 (4):455 - 476.
Weisner, T.S. (2010). John & Beatrice Whiting’s contributions to the cross-cultural study of human development: Their values, goals, norms, and practices. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology 41(4): 499-509.
Weisner, T. S. (2011). Culture and Social Development.. In M. K. Underwood & L. H. Rosen (Eds). Social Development. New York: Guilford. Pp. 372 – 399.
Lieber, E. & Weisner, T.S. (2010). Meeting the practical challenges of mixed methods research. In Tashakkori and Teddlie, Eds. Handbook of Mixed Methods Research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Pp 559 – 579.
East, P. L. & Weisner, T.S. (2009). Mexican-American Adolescents’ family caregiving: Selection effects and longitudinal associations with adjustment. Family Relations 58 (December 2009): 562 – 577.
East, P.L., Weisner, T.S, & Slonim, A. (2009). Youths’ caretaking of their adolescent sisters’ children. Results from two longitudinal studies. Journal of Family Issues 30(12): 1671-1697.
Weisner, T. S. (2009). Culture, Development, and Diversity: Expectable Pluralism, Conflict, and Similarity. Ethos 37(2): 181-196.
Weisner, T.S. (2009). Parenting. In Shweder, Richard A., Thomas R. Bidell, Anne C. Dailey, Suzanne D. Dixon, Peggy J. Miller, and John Modell, eds. THE CHILD: AN ENCYCLOPEDIC COMPANION. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Weisner, T.S. (2009). African Childhood. In Shweder, Richard A., Thomas R. Bidell, Anne C. Dailey, Suzanne D. Dixon, Peggy J. Miller, and John Modell, eds. THE CHILD: AN ENCYCLOPEDIC COMPANION. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Weisner, T.S. (2009). Well being, chaos, and culture: Sustaining a meaningful daily routine. In Evans, G.W. & Wachs, T.D. (Eds.). Chaos and its influence on children's development: An ecological perspective.
Weisner, T.S. (2008). Well being and sustainability of the daily routine of life. In Gordon Mathews & Carolina Izquerdo, eds. The good life: Well-being in Anthropological perspective. New York: Berghahn Press. Pp. 349 – 380.
Skinner, Debra, & Thomas S. Weisner. 2007. Sociocultural Studies of Families of Children with Intellectual Disabilities. Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews 13: 302 - 312
Yoshikawa, H., Weisner, T.S., Kalil, A., Way, N. 2008. Mixing Qualitative and Quantitative Research in Developmental Science: Uses and Methodological Choices. Developmental Psychology44(2):344-354.
East, Patricia L., Thomas S. Weisner, & Barbara Reyes. (2006). Youths’ caretaking of their adolescent sisters’ children. Its costs and benefits for youths’ development. Applied Developmental Science, 10:2, 86-95.
Matheson, C., Olson, R., & Weisner, T.S. 2007. A good friend is hard to find: Friendship among adolescents with disabilities. American Journal of Mental Retardation
Weisner, Thomas S., & Lowe, Edward. 2005. Globalization and the Psychological Anthropology of Childhood and Adolescence. In Conerly Casey & Robert Edgerton, eds. A companion to psychological anthropology: modernity and psychocultural change. Blackwell Publishers, Oxford, U.K. Pp. 315 – 336.
Bernheimer, Lucinda B., and Thomas S. Weisner. In press, 2007. “Let me just tell you what I do all day…”: The family story at the center of intervention research and practice. Infants & Young Children Issue 20:3, July.
Lowe, E. Weisner, T., Geis, S. & Huston, A. Child Care Instability and the Effort to Sustain a Working Daily Routine: Evidence from the New Hope Ethnographic Study of Low-Income Families. 2005. IN C. Cooper, C. Garcia-Coll, T. Bartko, H. Davis, C. Chatman, Eds. Hills of Gold: Diverse Pathways Through Middle Childhood. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum. Pp. 121 – 144.
Weisner, Thomas S., Ed. 2005. Discovering successful pathways in children's development: New methods in the study of childhood and family life. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Weisner, T.S. 2005. Attachment as a cultural and ecological problem with pluralistic solutions. Human Development 48 (1-2), pp. 89 – 94.
Weisner, T. S., Matheson, C., Coots, J, and Bernheimer, L. 2005. Sustainability of daily routines as a family outcome. In Ashley Maynard and Mary Martini, Eds. The Psychology of Learning in Cultural Context. New York: Kluwer/Plenum. Pp. 41 – 73.
Weisner, T.S., C. Bradley, and P. Kilbride (eds.). 1997. African Families and the Crisis of Social Change. Westport, CN: Greenwood Press.
Bernheimer, L., Weisner, T. S., & Lowe, E. D. (2003). Impacts of children with troubles on working poor families: Experimental and mixed-method evidence. Mental Retardation, 41(6), 403-419.
Lowe, E., & Weisner, T. S. (2004). "You have to push it -- who's gonna raise your kids?": Situating child care in the daily routines of low-income families. Children and Youth Services Review, 26, 143-171.
Okami, P., Weisner, T. S., and Olmstead, R. (2002). Outcome correlates of parent-child bedsharing: An 18-year longitudinal study. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Vol. 23 (4), pp. 244 - 253.
Weisner, T.S. (2001). The American dependency conflict: Continuities and discontinuities in behavior and values of
countercultural parents and their children. Ethos. 29 (3): 271 - 295
Weisner, T. S. (2001). Anthropological aspects of childhood. In International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, Vol 3 (pp. 1697 - 1701). N. J. Smelser and Paul B. Baltes (editors).
Daley, Tamara, & Weisner, Thomas S. (2003). "I Speak a Different Dialect": Teen Explanatory Models of Difference and Disability. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 17 (1): 25 - 48.
Weisner, T.S. (2002). Ecocultural understanding of children's developmental pathways. Human Development 45 (4): 275-281.
Lieber, Eli, Weisner, Thomas S., & Presley, Matthew. 2003.. EthnoNotes: An Internet-Based Fieldnote Management Tool. Field Methods 15 (4: 405 – 425.
Grants Awarded - Current
2010 – 2013 Foundation for Psychocultural Research. Culture, Brain, & Development Mental Health research grant, “Culture & Disability: Autism Spectrum Disorder in India & the United States.” $265K total direct costs. PI (Tamara Daley, co-PI)
2010 – 2012 National Institute of Drug Abuse. “Youth with ADHD: qualitative followup study.” $199K direct costs. co-PI (UCLA qualitative study component).
2008 – 2011 Milwaukee City/State of Wisconsin. Milwaukee family home visiting study. $30K. (co-PI for family interviews and assessments).
2009 – 2011 NICHD. $1.2 million direct costs. (Andrew Fuligni, PI; Nancy Gonzalez co-PI). (Weisner co-PI). (For qualitative study of teens and parents).
2007 – 2010 William T. Grant Foundation. $38K (2009 – 2011). Consultation for mixed methods research, Fieldwork Laboratory at the Center for Culture & Health (co-PI with Eli Lieber).
President, Society for Psychological Anthropology, 2005 - 2007
Lester Prize, Princeton University, for the Outstanding Book in Industrial Relations & Labor Economics, 2007
Governing Council, Society for Research in Child Development, 2009 - 2015
Eleanor Carter (chair); Megan Mulet; Katie Hale (chair); Hannah Reiss; Mindy Steinberg (chair)
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