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Environmental Sciences

102 Erikson Hall,
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY
tel: (859) 257-3887

Alexandar T. Vazsonyi Ph.D.
Alexandar Vazsonyi

John I. & Patricia J. Buster Endowed Professor of Family Sciences,
Professor of Psychology

(859) 257-9762

Curriculum Vitae

The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 1995
Family Studies & Human Development; Minor: Sociology

The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 1993 
Family Studies & Human Development

Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan, 1989 


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Before accepting the appointment at the University of Kentucky in 2011, Dr. Vazsonyi spent fifteen years in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Auburn University. His research focuses on adolescent development; more specifically, it examines the etiology of child and adolescent adjustment (achievement, problem behaviors, health-compromising behaviors, violence, and deviance). He is interested in socialization processes, ranging from family contextual experiences to larger cultural processes in understanding variability in adolescent development and adjustment. Following this line of research, he has published over 120 peer reviewed publications, book chapters, conference proceedings, editorials, and technical reports. He also served as one of the Editors of the Cambridge Handbook of Violent Behavior and Aggression (2007; see for more details about his work).

Dr. Vazsonyi serves as the Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Early Adolescence and is a member of a number of editorial boards (e.g., Journal of Youth and Adolescence; Journal of Marriage and Family). He has served and continues to serve on a number of national and international review panels, both for grant reviews as well as professional conferences. Dr. Vazsonyi was honored by his alma mater in 2008 with the Outstanding Achiever Award in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He was also selected as a Fulbright fellow in 2003 to spend one semester at The University of Maribor in Maribor (Slovenia); in 2010, he was the inaugural recipient of the prestigious Fulbright-Masaryk Distinguished Chair in Social Studies to spend a semester at the Institute for Research on Children, Youth, and Family in the Psychology Department at Masaryk University in Brno (Czech Republic). Finally, in 2013, he was invited as a Senior Scholar for the 2014 EARA-SRA (European Association for Research on Adolescence and the Society for Research on Adolescence) Summer School in the Netherlands, sponsored by the Jacobs Foundation, a forum that brings together leading researchers and scholars with the most promising doctoral students from around the globe.

In addition to classroom teaching, Dr. Vazsonyi identifies mentoring both undergraduate and particularly graduate students as one of the most important and rewarding things he does. Over the past decade, he has chaired eight Ph.D. students, many of which hold postdocs or tenure-tracks positions at major universities as well as over a dozen M.S. students. At the UK, he currently works with a cadre of highly talented Ph.D. students from China, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States.

Course Instruction
  • FAM 357: Adolescent Development
  • FAM 658: Adolescent Development
  • FAM 690: Research Methods in Family Sciences
  • FAM 790: Advanced Research Methods in Family Sciences
  • Adolescent adjustment and well-being
  • Development in context (family, school, neighborhood, and culture)
  • Etiology of problem behaviors, deviance, violence, and health compromising behaviors

Adolescent Development Lab

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