Pooja Brar, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Professor Pooja Brar

Contact Info

College of Liberal Arts
Room 2241


Ph.D., Family Social Science, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Wisconsin-Stout

B.S., Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park

Areas of Expertise

Global families

Parent-child communication

Relationship education

Sexual and mental health of youth


Dr. Brar joined the Department of Family Studies and Community Development at Towson University in Fall 2020. Prior to that, she was a postdoctoral fellow, Interdisciplinary Research Training Program in Child and Adolescent Primary Care (IRTCAPC), with the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health, Department of Pediatrics, at the University of Minnesota. There she also completed the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) predoctoral fellowship. Dr. Brar has a research interest in youth health and wellbeing in the context of their family, peers, and culture both nationally and internationally.

Selected Publications

Brar, P., Dworkin, J., & Brady, S. S. (2020). Adolescent Women’s Sexual Self-Efficacy: Associations with Personal and Perceived Partner Beliefs That Condoms Interfere with Pleasure. American Journal of Sexuality Education, 1-21.

Brown, C. R., Shramko, M., Garcia-Huidobro, D., Miller, K. K., Brar, P., Ogugua, F., & Svetaz, M. V. (2020). Increased rates of parental separation and anxiety among Latinx youth. Children and Youth Services Review, 105225.

Sieving, R., Mehus, C., Catallozzi, M., Grilo, S., Steiner, R.J., Brar, P., Kelly, E.D., Gewritz O’Brien, J.R., Gorzkowski, J., Kaseeska, K., Klein, J.D., McRee, AL., Randazzo, L., & Santelli, J. (2020). Understanding primary care providers’ perceptions and practices in implementing confidential adolescent sexual and reproductive health services. Journal of Adolescent Health.

Brar, P., Dworkin, J., & Jang, J. (2018). Association of parenting with sexual attitudes and behaviors of college students in India. Sexuality and Culture. Available: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12119-018-9511-9.


National Council of Family Relations

Family Science Association

Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood

Courses Taught

  • FMST 302 – Family Theories
  • FMST 387 – Community Services for Families
  • FMST 415 – Services to Children and Youth