Texas Tech University

Christy Rogers, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Human Development and Family Sciences

Email: Christy.Rogers@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-6098

Office: HS 303

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Currently accepting graduate students for Fall 2022

Christy Rogers, Ph.D.


  • Faculty Affiliate of Women's and Gender Studies
  • Faculty Affiliate of STEM Center for Outreach, Research, and Education
  • Advisory Board Member of the Center for Adolescent Resiliency
  • Outreach Coordinator for Sexism Cinema
  • Association for Psychological Science - APS
  • National Council on Family Relations - NCFR
  • Society for Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience - FLUX
  • Society for Research on Adolescence - SRA
  • Society for Research on Child Development - SRCD

Research Focus

My program of research investigates adolescent development and the transition into emerging adulthood through a family lens at multiple levels of analysis. My research highlights that families, particularly sibling relations, can promote positive adolescent development, including greater school commitment, regulation, safe decision-making, and healthier perceptions of the self and interpersonal relations, as well as lower engagement in externalizing problems. I use an interdisciplinary approach to capture how siblings and parents support adolescent development, including behavioral coding of family interactions, obtaining questionnaires to assess perceptions of relationships and well-being, and acquiring behavioral and brain imaging data to examine the social influence on decision-making. I am interested in examining how families contribute to positive youth development socio-emotionally, biologically, and cognitively, and how interactions between these domains of development inform youth well-being.

Areas of Expertise

  • Family Influences on Adolescent/Emerging Adult Development
  • Sibling Relations and Support
  • Social influences on the Adolescent Brain and Body
  • Adolescent Decision-Making and Well-Being
  • Multi-Method Multi-Informant Longitudinal Analyses

Selected Publications

Fry, C. M., Telzer, E. H., Rogers, C. R. (2021). Siblings as buffers: Social problems and internalizing and externalizing behaviors across early adolescence. Journal of Family Psychology, 35, 939–949. doi: 10.1037/fam0000876 

Rogers, C. R., Lee, T., Fry, C. M., & Telzer, E. H. (2021). Where you lead, I will follow: Exploring sibling similarity in brain and behavior during risky decision-making. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 31, 34–51. doi: 10.1111/jora.12581

Rogers, C. R., Perino, M. T., & Telzer, E. H. (2020). Maternal buffering of adolescent dysregulation in socially appetitive contexts: From behavior to the brain. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 30, 41–52. doi: 10.1111/jora.12500 

Masarik, A.+, & Rogers, C. R.+ (2020). Sibling support moderates the intergenerational transmission of romantic relationship hostility. Journal of Marriage and Family, 82, 1431–1443. doi: 10.1111/jomf.12654 (+ denotes equal author contribution) 

Kramer, L. F., Conger, K. J., Rogers, C. R., & Ravindran, N. (2019). Siblings. In B. H. Fiese (Ed.), APA Handbook of Contemporary Family Psychology. Washington, D.C., U.S.: American Psychological Association.

Rogers, C. R., Guyer, A. E., Nishina, A., & Conger, K. J. (2018). Developmental change in sibling support and school commitment during adolescence. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 28, 858–874. doi: 10.1111/jora.12370

Rogers, C. R., McCormick, E., van Hoorn, J., Ivory, S. L., & Telzer, E. H. (2018). Neural correlates of sibling closeness on externalizing behavior in adolescence. Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience, 13, 977–999. doi: 10.1093/scan/nsy063

Schriber, R. A., Rogers, C. R., Ferrer, E., Conger, R. D., Robins, R. W., Hastings, P. D., & Guyer, A. E. (2018). Do hostile school environments promote social deviance by shaping neural response to social exclusion? Journal of Research on AdolescenceSpecial Section on Adolescent Brain Development, 28, 103–120. doi: 10.1111/jora.12340

Telzer, E. H., van Hoorn, J., Rogers, C. R., & Do, K. T. (2018). Social influence on positive adolescent development: A developmental neuroscience perspective. In A. G. Ortiz (Ed.), Advances in Child Development and Behavior. Cambridge, UK: Elsevier