Faculty profile

Charlene Harris

Associate Professor
Human Development Club Advisor
Caribbean Student Association Advisor


Contact

408 Mahar Hall
315.312.3424
315.312.5444
charlene.harris@oswego.edu

Office hours

Tuesday, Thursday 2-3 pm, or by appointment 

Dr. Charlene Harris is an Assistant Professor of Human Development at the State University of New York at Oswego. Before her current appointment, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the department of Family Science and Social Work (FSW) at Miami University, Ohio. Her education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Berea College, with a graduate degree in Social Work (MSW) and a Ph.D. in Family Sciences from the University of Kentucky.

Research

Her primary research interests include the role of socialization effects (i.e., parents, peer relationships, religion, culture etc.) on child and adolescent adjustment (including aggression, deviance, sexual risk-behaviors etc.) as well as the role of race/ethnicity in juvenile offending. Her current research focuses on the role of self-report and official data in understanding juvenile offending behaviors in African American youth.

Publications

  • Harris, C.,* Vazsonyi, A. T., Özdemir, Y., & Sağkal, A. S. (2020). Family environment and school engagement: An investigation of cross-lagged effects. Journal of Adolescence84, 171-179. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.adolescence.2020.08.006
  • Harris, C.,* Scarpate, J. M., & Vazsonyi, A. T. (2020). Parental and kinship ties, and low self-control: violence perpetration among rural African American adolescents from the Black Belt. Journal of Adolescence85, 115-119. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.adolescence.2020.10.002
  • Toney, L., Harris, C.* (in press). School violence in trinidad: A case study. In S. Morris-Francis (Ed.) Youth and Gender Violence and Crime in the Caribbean. Lexington, KY, Lexington Books.
  • Harris, C.,* Vazsonyi, A. T., & Bolland, J. M. (2017). Bidirectional relationships between parenting processes and deviance in a sample of inner‐city African American youth. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 27(1), 201-213. https://doi.org/10.1111/jora.12267
  • Vazsonyi, A. T., Harris, C.,* Terveer, A. M., Pagava, K., Phagava, H., & Michaud, P. A. (2015). Parallel mediation effects by sleep on the parental warmth-problem behavior links: Evidence from national probability samples of Georgian and Swiss adolescents. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 44(2), 331-345. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-014-0167-y

Conferences

  • Harris, C.,* Dunkley, L., & Harris, K. (2021). The influence of parental discipline strategies on children's social competence: a longitudinal investigation. 2021 SRCD Virtual Biennial Conference, April, 7-9, 2021.
  • Harris, K., & Harris, C.* (2021). Science learning and culturally responsive pedagogy. 2021 Teaching Family Science Conference, June 7-8, 2021.
  • Harris, K,, & Harris, C.* (2021) Student virtual engagement and using my virtual child to teach child development in the college classroom. 2021 Teaching Family Science Conference, June 7-8, 2021. 
  • Harris, C.,* & Dunkley, L. (2019). Violence-Related Attitudes and Beliefs among ethnically diverse college students. The 75th Annual Meetings of the American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, CA, USA, November 13-15, 2019. 
    Dunkley, L., Harris C.,* & Harris, K. (2019). It takes two: Factors associated with the desistance of crime in serious juvenile offenders. The 75th Annual Meetings of the American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, CA, USA, November 13-15, 2019. 

  • Lee, M.K., Harris, C.* & Harris, K. (accepted, 2018). Sexting and interpersonal violence in college students. The 17th Biennial Meetings of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Minnesota., USA, April 12-14, 2018.
  • Harris, C.* & Dunkley. LR. (2016) Sexting and dating violence: No LOL matter. 72nd Annual Meetings of the American Society of Criminology, New Orleans, LA, USA, November 16 –18, 2016.
  • Slotten, C. & Harris, C.* (2016). The many dimensions of cyberbullying: Who, what and why. 72nd Annual Meetings of the American Society of Criminology, New Orleans, LA, USA, November 16 – 18, 2016.
  • Harris, C.,* Vazsonyi, A. T., Pagava, K., Phagava, H., & Michaud, P. A. (2016). Invited poster symposium entitled Extracurricular activities and problem behaviors: Mediating effects by sleep functioning among Georgian and Swiss adolescents. The 16th Biennial Meetings of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Baltimore, MD., USA, March 31-April 2, 2016.
  • Javakhishvili, M., Vazsonyi, A.T. & Harris, C.* (2015). Does self-control mediate the links between parental and school attachment and accident involvement? 71st Annual Meetings of the American Society of Criminology, Washington, D.C., USA, November 18 – 22, 2015.
  • Harris. C.* Vazsonyi, A.T. & Bolland, J. (2015). A comparison of self-reported and official data in predicting future offending behaviors. 71st Annual Meetings of the American Society of Criminology, Washington, D.C., USA, November 18 – 22, 2015.
  • Cui, G. Vazsonyi, A.T., Harris, C.* & Bolland, J.M. (2015). Reciprocal effects of aggression and attitudes towards violence on deviant behaviors: An examination of a poor, inner-city African American sample. Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Philadelphia, (PA), USA, March 19-21, 2015.

Awards and honors

  • 2015 - Graduate Minority Fellowship (now known as the Ruth D. Peterson Fellowship for Racial and Ethnic Diversity) - American Society of Criminology
  • 2015 - Graduate Student of Excellence – School of Human and Environmental Sciences University of Kentucky
  • 2015 – Invited Junior Scholar – European Association for Research on Adolescence (EARA) and the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) International Summer School, Atlanta
  • 2013 - Third Place Prize for Poster Presentation, Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference on Children at Risk, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky Title: Does low self-control mediate the effects by family factors on risky sexual behaviors?

Professional affiliations

  • American Society of Criminology
  • Kappa Omicron Nu
  • National Council on Family Relations
  • Society for Research on Adolescence
  • Society for Research in Child Development

Education

  • Ph.D., Family Science, University of Kentucky, USA
  • MSW, Social Work, University of Kentucky, USA
  • BA, Sociology, Berea College, Kentucky, USA

Certifications

Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE)