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Michelle Toews

Michelle Toews

Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship
Endowed Human Ecology Faculty Fellow

Contact Information

119C Justin Hall
785-532-1552
mltoews@k-state.edu

Education

  • Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Science, Ohio State University
  • M.S. in Human Development and Family Science, Ohio State University
  • B.A. in Psychology, Ohio Dominican College

Area(s) of Specialization

  • Healthy Adolescent Relationships
  • Relationship Education
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Adolescent Parents' Co-Parenting Relationships

Research, Scholarship and Creative Endeavors

Dr. Toews' program of research focuses on healthy relationships, with particular interest in relationship education and violence prevention programming with adolescents. Dr. Toews and her colleagues recently received a three year grant to modify, implement, and evaluate a relationship education program for 7th and 9th graders in Junction City. In addition, Dr. Toews has co-directed a relationship education program for pregnant and parenting adolescents in Central Texas for over 10 years and has funding to continue that program through 2020. Please contact Dr. Toews if you are interested in becoming part of her Healthy Adolescent Relationships Research Team (HARRT).

Professional Biography

Michelle Toews is the Associate Dean of Research and Scholarship in the College of Human Ecology at Kansas State University. She received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Science from The Ohio State University. Her main research interests include healthy adolescent relationships, relationship education, dating violence, violence prevention, and adolescent parents' co-parenting relationships. She has published and presented numerous papers in these areas. In addition, Dr. Toews has received over $11 million from the Administration for Children and Families to develop, implement, and evaluate relationship education programs for vulnerable youth. Prior to joining K-State, she taught numerous undergraduate and graduate courses, including family relationships, family diversity, cultural diversity, working with families under stress, sexuality across the lifespan, family life education, and research methods to name a few.

Personal Information

Outside of work, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and hiking. She is excited to be part of the K-State family because of their focus on students. She hopes she can continue to work with students and encourage both undergraduate and graduate students to become involved in research.

Vita (pdf)


Most Recent Publications

  • Resiliency and adolescent motherhood in the context of residential foster care (Journal Article), in Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal (2019).
  • "'Sex is Easier to Get and Love is Harder to Find”: Costs and Rewards of Hooking Up among First-Year College Students" (Journal Article), in Journal of Sex Research (2019).
  • Risk markers for physical teen dating violence perpetration: A meta-analysis. (Journal Article), in Trauma, Violence & Abuse (2019).
  • "She controlled everything that I'd do": A qualitative exploration of relationship abuse experienced by adolescent fathers (Journal Article), in Partner Abuse (2018).

 

See the Vita for a complete list of publications.

Most Recent Presentations

  • Pathways and barriers to engagement in undergraduate research, at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference (2018).
  • Pathways and barriers to engagement in undergraduate research, at the Kansas State University College of Human Ecology Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry Competition (2018).
  • We wake up at 5:30 once a month to teach teens about relationship science...here are 10 things we’ve learned., at the SciComm 2019 (2018).
  • "I Have Hope": Exploring Pregnant and Parenting Latino Adolescents' Possible Selves, at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference (2018).
  • Being "as good of parents as teenagers": Intersecting experiences of adolescent parents, at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference (2018).

 

See the Vita for a complete list of presentations.

Most Recent Awards

  • HERS Fellow, (2018)
  • Career Achievement Award, Ohio State University, College of Education and Human Ecology (2017)
  • Alpha Chi Favorite Teacher, Texas State University (2012)
  • Presidential Award for Excellence in Service, Texas State University (2011)

 

See the Vita for a complete list of awards and honors.

Most Recent Grants

  • Healthy REWARDS (Relationships, Expectations, Willpower, Aspirations, Reactions, Decisions, Self-esteem): An Evidence-Based Approach to Sexual Risk Avoidance; US Department of Health and Human Services (2018)
  • Healthy REWARDS (Relationships, Expectations, Willpower, Aspirations, Reactions, Decisions, Self-Esteem): An Evidence-Based Approach to Sexual Risk Avoidance.; Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (2018)
  • Strengthening relationships/strengthening families; Administration for Children and Families (2018)
  • Healthy REWARDS (Relationships, Expectations, Willpower, Aspirations, Reactions, Decisions, Self-esteem): An Evidence-Based Approach to Sexual Risk Avoidance; US Department of Health and Human Services (2018)
  • Healthy REWARDS (Relationships, Expectations, Willpower, Aspirations, Reactions, Decisions, Self-esteem): An Evidence-Based Approach to Sexual Risk Avoidance; US Department of Health and Human Services (2017)