Department of Family Studies and Community Development

Faculty and Staff

Linda Oravecz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office:   College of Liberal Arts Building, Room 2233
Phone:   410-704-3669
Fax:   410-704-3612

Linda Oravecz, Ph.D.


Ph.D.: Family Studies, University of Maryland
M.C.P.: Community Planning, University of Maryland
B.A.: Urban Studies, University of Maryland

Courses Taught

FMST 101 Introduction to Family Studies
FMST 302 Theories of Family Functioning
FMST 303 Trends in Contemporary Family Life

FMST 305 Parent-Child Relationships Across the Lifespan
FMST 387 Community Services for Families
FMST 490 Senior Seminar in Family Studies

Research Interests

  • Community and family violence
  • Ethnic families
  • Low-Income mothers and family policy

Dr. Oravecz’s primary research interests are focused in the area of community and family violence. Her secondary research focuses on low-income mothers and family policy. Nationally, she has presented posters at the 2010 Head Start National Research Conference and the 2007 Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health Minority Women’s Health Summit. She was recently awarded a Towson University Faculty Research Development Grant to conduct a project entitled: Evaluation of House of Ruth Maryland Teen Dating Violence Prevention Initiative.

Recent Publications

Jacobson, J., Oravecz, L., Falk, A. & Osteen, P. (2011). Proximate Outcomes of Service-Learning Among Family Studies Undergraduates. Family Relations, 16 (1).  

Vejar, C., Oravecz, L., & Hall, D. (2011). Undergraduate Student Perceptions of Argument Resolution, Unity, and Love in Same-Sex Headed Families.  Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 7.

Scales, S., Potthast, A.  & Oravecz, L. (Eds.). (2010). The Ethics of the Family.  United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing


Oravecz, L., Koblinsky, S., Randolph, S., & Kuvalanka, K. (2009). Low-Income, African American Preschoolers’ Exposure to Interparental and Interpartner Conflict: Family Research and Intervention.  National Council on Family Relations Report, 54, F17-F20.

Morton, G., & Oravecz, L. (2009).The mandatory reporting of abuse: Problem creation through problem solution? Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 21 (3), 177-197.  

Oravecz, L., Koblinsky, S., Randolph, S. (2008). Community violence, family conflict, parenting, and social support as predictors of the social competence of African American preschool children. Journal of Black Psychology, 34, 182-216.        

Kohler, J., Anderson, E., Oravecz, L., & Braun, B. (2004). Relationship constellations and dynamics of low-income rural mothers. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 19, 160-173.      





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