Texas Tech University

Christy Rogers, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Human Development and Family Sciences

Email: Christy.Rogers@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-6098

Office: H 510

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Currently accepting graduate students for Fall 2024

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

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
  • Interdisciplinary and Longitudinal Analyses

Selected Publications

Morgan, D., Higgins, C., Ingram, P. & Rogers, C.R. (in press). Predicting parental mental health during COVID-19: Economic pressure, COVID-19 stress, and coping strategies. Frontiers in Psychology.

Rogers , C. R., Chen, X., Kwon, S-J., McElwain, N. L., & Telzer, E. H. (2022). The role of early attachment and parental presence in adolescent behavioral and neurobiological regulation. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 53. doi: 10.1016/j.dcn.2021.101046

Rogers, C. R., Fry, C. M., Lee, T., Galvan, M., Gates, K. M., & Telzer, E. H. (2022). Neural connectivity underlying adolescent social learning in sibling dyads. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 00, 1-14. doi: 10.1093/scan/nsac025

Rogers, C. R., Qu, Y., Lee, T., Liu, S., & Kim, S. (2022). Editorial: Similarities and discrepancies across family members at multiple levels: Insights from behavior, psychophysiology, and neuroimaging. Frontiers in Psychology. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.831048 PDF

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

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

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, 41-50. doi: 10.1111/jora.12500

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