Ambika Krishnakumar


Serving as Professor for the Department of Human Development and Family Science. Dr. Krishnakumar’s research and teaching focus are in the areas of intimate partner violence, parent-child relationships, research methodology, development in cross-cultural contexts, child and adolescent adjustment, older adult health, and urban economic hardship. She completed postdoctoral work in the Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center before joining Syracuse University in 1999.

Dr. Krishnakumar will be accepting graduate students for fall 2024


Ph.D., Department of Child and Family Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1997)

Master of Science, Child Development, Department of Home Economics, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India (1986)


Intimate partner violence; child and adolescent adjustment; older adult health, socialization; research methodology; cross-cultural research; adolescent/youth sexuality; urban economic hardship.


HFS 631 - Research Methods I

HFS 732 - Research Methods II

HFS 479 – Power, Conflict, Violence and the Family