Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Human Sciences
Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2003)
MA in Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign (1999)
BA in Psychology, Northwestern University (1996)

Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan is a professor in the departments of Human Sciences and Psychology at The Ohio State University and an affiliate of the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy. She received her PhD in developmental psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Schoppe-Sullivan’s research is primarily focused on how parents manage their parenting roles and responsibilities together – or coparenting – and the roles of fathers in families. She is particularly interested in the implications of coparenting and father-child relationships for child and family functioning and the development of these relationships across the transition to parenthood. Her research has been funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Science Foundation.

She has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Marriage and FamilyFamily RelationsFatheringParenting: Science and Practice, and the Journal of Family Theory and Review. Schoppe-Sullivan has also received numerous awards recognizing the high quality of her teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.

Areas of Expertise

My research examines family influences on young children's socioemotional development. Specifically, I have three central areas of interest: (1) coparenting relationships – how effectively adults within the family system coordinate their roles as parents – and the implications of the quality of coparenting relationships for child and family functioning; (2) the roles of fathers in the family system, particularly the roles of fathers within coparenting relationships; and (3) the effects of children's characteristics and behavior on family relationships.

Research Interests

  • Child Development 
    • Infancy and early childhood
    • Socioemotional development
  • Family Systems 
    • Co-parenting
    • Father-child relationships
    • Parenting
    • Transition to parenthood
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Work and Family Studies