Department of Family Studies and Community Development

Faculty and Staff

Bethany Willis Hepp, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office:   College of Liberal Arts Building, Room 2205
Phone:   410-704-3363
Fax:   410-704-3612

Bethany Willis Hepp

Education and Certifications

Ph.D.: Human Development and Family Studies, University of Delaware

M.S.: Human Development and Family Studies, University of Delaware
B.A.: History and Political Science, University of Delaware

Courses Taught

FMST 101 Introduction to Family Studies

FMST 201 Family Resources
FMST 303 Trends in Contemporary Family Life
FMST 415/515 Services to Children and Youth

FMST 485 Research Methods in Family Studies

FMST 490 Senior Seminar in Family Studies

FMST 491 Independent Study in Family Studies

Areas of Professional Interest

  • International perspectives on human development and family studies
  • The global circulation of children and families and transnational family formation and structure, including:
    • Kinship care, foster care, domestic and international adoption
    • Migration, immigration, and human trafficking
    • Intersectionality of social identities
  • Collaborative planning for human services
  • Life course and strengths-based models for family and community development
  • Diversity in research, teaching, curriculum, and community development
  • Quasi-experimental and qualitative research design and methodology

Recent Publications

Quach, A.S., Todd, M.E., Willis Hepp, B., and Doneker Mancini, K.L. (2013). Conceptualizing sexual identity development: Implications for GLB Chinese international students. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 9(3), p. 254-272.

Ohannessian, C.M., Bradley, J., Waninger, K., Ruddy, K., Hepp, B. W., & Hesselbrock, V. (2010). An examination of adolescent coping typologies and young adult alcohol use in a high risk sample. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, 5(1), 52-65.

Trask, B., Hepp, B.W., Settles, B., & Shabo, L. (2009). Culturally diverse elders and their families: Examining the need for culturally competent services. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 40(2), 180-192.

Hepp, B.W., Lynch, A., & Farber, A. (2008). Bridging parent and child histories in internationally adoptive families. (Available from the National Council on Family Relations Report on Adoption, 3989 Central Ave. Suite 550 Minneapolis MN, 55421).

Trask, B.S., Hepp, B.W., & Rosle, M.M. (2007). Young adolescents’ perceptions of family, peer relationships, and communication technology. Prepared for the Korean Adolescent Research Institute. Newark, Delaware: Department of Individual and Family Studies.

Trask, B.S, Hamon, R. R., & Hepp, B.W. (2006). Families across the oceans: How transnational families and international adoption will further diversify families of the future. (Available from the National Council on Family Relations Report on Families and the Future, 3989 Central Ave. Suite 550 Minneapolis MN,55421).

Hepp, B.W. (2006). A brief history of international adoption in the United States.(Available from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s International Adoption Health Clinic Newsletter, 34th Street and Civic Center Blvd Philadelphia PA, 19104).








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