Lisa Crockett, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Psychology

Lisa Crockett's research interests focus on adolescent development. She conducts research in two primary areas: adolescent risk behavior, with an emphasis on sexuality, and ethnic differences in parenting and adolescent adjustment. In one study, Crockett has followed a sample of rural adolescents from junior high into early adulthood. Using this data set she has examined predictors and consequences of early sexuality activity and heavy drinking among rural youth. More recent analyses focus on the implications of adolescents' family relationships, peer relationships and pro-social behavior for the quality of their romantic relationships in adulthood. In a second study, she examined the childhood origins of adolescents' sexual risk-taking. Her third study examined the relations between parenting practices and adolescent adjustment across different ethnic groups, using national survey data and qualitative data from focus group interviews with teenagers.

Crockett served as associate editor of the Journal of Research on Adolescence from 1999 to 2004. She received her bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and her doctorate in human development from the University of Chicago. Before coming to UNL she was a post-doctoral researcher at Johns Hopkins University and a faculty member in human development and family studies at Pennsylvania State University.