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Anthony J. Ferraro

Anthony Ferraro

Assistant 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)

Credentials and/or Certifications

  • Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) 

Area(s) of Specialization

  • Divorce Education
  • Co-Parenting
  • Family Policy
  • Stress & Coping
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Emerging Adulthood
  • Intergenerational Trasmission

Courses Taught

  • HDFS 375 Research Methods in HDFS
  • FSHS 871 Program Development & Administration
  • FSHS 890 Application of Research & Statistics

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavors

Dr. Ferraro's work focuses on co-parenting 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 has been the principal or co-principal investigator on numerous primary data collections, including the Co-Parenting Across Households Study, the Parenting After Divorce project, the Emerging Adult Healthy Relationships Study, and the Successful Co-parenting After Divorce Toolkit and associated study.  Currently, Dr. Ferraro leads the Families in Transition research lab at Kansas State and serves as the Student & New Professional Representative for the Family Policy section of the National Council on Family Relations. Recent publications include:

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. doi:10.1007/s10826-019-01373-0

Ferraro, A. J., Lucier-Greer, M., & Oehme, K. (2018). Psychometric evaluation of the Multidimensional Co-Parenting Scale for Dissolved Relationships. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27, 2780-2796. doi:10.1007/s10826-018-1124-2

Ferraro, A. J., Lucier-Greer, M., Oehme, K., & Dalton, H. (2018). Reconsidering physical custody: Examining measurement equivalence across dimensions of post-divorce co-parenting. Family Science Review, 22(4), 91-117.

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 (Phillip [2] insists that these are "dogs"), taking in the latest exhibit at Flint Hills Discovery Center, hiking Konza Prairie, or going for a dip at Blue Earth Plaza they always find something fun and exciting to do in the Little Apple.

Vita (pdf)