Anthony J. Ferraro

Anthony Ferraro

Associate Professor

Contact Information

312 Justin Hall


  • Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Science, Florida State University (2017)
  • Graduate Certificate in Measurement & Statistics, Florida State University (2017)
  • B.S. in Legal Studies, University of Central Florida (2012)

Area(s) of Specialization

  • Program Evaluation
  • Divorce Education
  • Coparenting
  • Fathering & Father Involvement
  • Stress, Coping, & Trauma
  • Identity Development
  • Military Families
  • Emerging Adulthood
  • Measurement Development & Assessment

Courses Taught

  • HDFS 375 Research Methods in HDFS
  • HDFS 550 Applications of Theories in HDFS
  • HDFS 570 Program Development & Implementation
  • HDFS 770: Development and Implemen tation of Prevention Science Programs
  • HDFS 893 Program Evaluation in Human Services
  • HDFS 906 Statistical Methods in HDFS II
  • FSHS 950 Theory Construction

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavors

Dr. Ferraro's work focuses on coparenting after divorce but his research program more broadly focuses on familial relationships during periods of transition, both structural (divorce, remarriage, reintegration, etc.) and developmental (launching, placement in long term care, etc.). Dr. Ferraro currently serves as one of the directors for the Divorce Education Assessment Collaborative, is the Chair of the Family Policy section of the National Council on Family Relations, and leads the Families in Transition research lab at Kansas State. He was recognized by the Advancing Family Science section of the National Council on Family Relations with their Emerging Mentor/Teacher Award for 2020. Recent publications include:

Markham, M., Ferraro, A.J., Russell, L. T., Beckmeyer, J. J., Zimmerman, M. L., Guyette, E. J., & Pippert, H. D. (2021). Lessons from the field: Developing a multi-site divorce education evaluation tool. Family Relations, 70(5), 1657-1663.

Petren, R. E., Ferraro, A. J., Zimmermann, M. L., Anthony, M., & Pasley, K. (2021). A cross-lagged panel model of coparental interaction and father involvement shortly after divorce. Family Relations, 70(3), 808-822.

Russell, L. T., Ferraro, A. J., Beckmeyer, J. J., Markham, M. S., Wilkins-Clark, R., & Zimmermann, M. L. (2021). Communication technology use in post-divorce coparenting relationships: A typology and associations with post-divorce adjustment. Journal of Social & Personal Relationships, 38(12), 3752-3776.

Ferraro, A.J., Oehme, K., Waldick, I.E., & Stern, N. (2020). Improving court-mandated divorce education by recognizing the effects of parents' childhood trauma. PACE Law Review, 40(1), 273-308. Retrieved from

Ferraro, A.J., Pippert, H.D., & Duncan, J.M. (2020). Development and validation of a short form for the Multidimensional Co-Parenting Scale for Dissolved Relationships (MCS-DR). Journal of Divorce & Remarriage. 61(6), 427-442.

Ferraro, A. J., Petren, R. E., & Pasley, K. (2019). Patterns of parental interactions after divorce and individual well-being. Journal of Child & Family Studies, 28(5), 1413-1424.

Personal Information

Anthony and his wife Melissa are proud parents of two boys: Phillip and Merritt. They love calling Manhattan home, and whether watching the hyenas at Sunset Zoo, taking in the latest exhibit at Flint Hills Discovery Center, hiking Konza Prairie, or consuming an unsightly amount of donuts at Varsity Donuts, they always find something fun and exciting to do in the Little Apple.

Vita (pdf)