Alan Reifman, Ph.D.
Professor - Human Development and Family Studies
Phone: (806) 834-5174
Office: HS 509
My research focus is Emerging Adulthood, the transition from adolescence to full-fledged adulthood. Reaching traditional adulthood milestones such as marriage, parenthood, career, and living on one's own takes much longer now (the late 20s or early 30s for many) than it did 50 years ago. For many of today's youth, reaching full adulthood involves a systematic process of exploration, trying out different educational and occupational tracks, and taking on increasing responsibilities. Some critics contend, however, that activities less conducive to becoming a mature adult, such as heavy drinking, sexual hook-ups, and extensive recreational activities (e.g., video games), are also common. My colleagues and I have developed a measure called the Inventory of the Dimensions of Emerging Adulthood (IDEA), which assesses exploration, taking responsibility for oneself, and other processes of the transition to adulthood. The IDEA has been cited nearly 100 times and translated into several languages. Beyond the IDEA, I study emerging-adult behavior in domains such as romantic relationships, relations with parents, substance use, and political activity. I am also interested in learning about and applying the latest research methodologies and statistical techniques. Currently, my colleagues and I have written papers putting forth new ideas about dyadic analysis.
Areas of Expertise
- Emerging Adulthood (transition to adulthood)
- Adolescent and young adult drinking
- Interpersonal processes (romantic relationships, friendship networks)
- Structural equation modeling
- Dyadic analysis
Lisha, N. E., Grana, R., Sun, P., Rohrbach, L., Spruijt-Metz, D., Reifman, A., & Sussman, S. (2014). Evaluation of the psychometric properties of the Revised Inventory of the Dimensions of Emerging Adulthood (IDEA-R) in a sample of continuation high school students. Evaluation and the Health Professions, 37, 156-177.
Reifman, A., & Oblad, T. (2012, Fall). College students’ and parents’ communication and views of proper assistance with school-related matters.AHEPPP Journal [Association of Higher Education Parent/Family Program Professionals; refereed electronic journal], 3(2). Available at: http://www.aheppp.org.
Grahe, J.E., Reifman, A., Hermann, A.D., Walker, M., Oleson, K.C., Nario-Redmond, M., & Wiebe, R.P. (2012). Harnessing the undiscovered resource of student research projects. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 7, 605-607.
Reifman, A. (2011). Romantic relationships in emerging adulthood: Conceptual foundations. In F. D. Fincham & M. Cui (Eds.), Romantic relationships in emerging adulthood (pp. 15-26). New York: Cambridge University Press.
Reifman, A., & Keyton, K. (2010). Winsorize. In N.J. Salkind (Ed.),Encyclopedia of research design (pp. 1636-1638). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Reifman, A., Ro, H.-S., Barnes, G., & Feng, D. (2010). Drinking in youth ages 13-21 attending and not attending college. Journal of the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, 22, 67-86.
Fitzpatrick, J., Sharp, E.A., & Reifman, A. (2009). Midlife singles’ willingness to date partners with heterogeneous characteristics. Family Relations, 58, 121-133.
Reifman, A., Arnett, J.J., & Colwell, M.J. (2007, Summer). Emerging adulthood: Theory, assessment, and application. Journal of Youth Development, 2(1).
Reifman, A., Watson, W.K., & McCourt, A. (2006). Social networks and college drinking: Probing processes of social influence and selection.Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 32, 820-832.
Wampler, K. S., Reifman, A., & Serovich, J. M. (2005). Meta-analysis in family therapy research (pp. 318-338). In D. H. Sprenkle & F. P. Piercy (Eds.), Research methods in family therapy (2nd Ed.). NY: Guilford.
Gateway to Dr. Reifman’s Course Webpages, Academic Resources, and Blogs
Dr. Reifman's Emerging Adulthood Blog
Dr. Reifman's Emerging Adulthood Lab
Romantic and Marital Relationships Lab
Meet Professor Alan Reifman, Ph.D.