Matthew K. Mulvaney

Undergraduate Director
Associate Professor

Matthew Mulvaney is a parenting researcher who joined the department in 2012, following a series of faculty appointments, including a Fulbright fellowship in Cyprus. In both his teaching and his research, he seeks to understand the principles by which parents and families support optimal child development. He has a broad interest in working to enhance teaching in the developmental sciences.

Dr. Mulvaney will be accepting graduate students for fall 2024


Ph.D., Psychology from the University of New Hampshire (2004)

M.A., Psychology from the University of New Hampshire (2001)

B.A., Psychology from Hartwick College (1999)

Research Focus

Dr. Mulvaney’s research focus examines the determinants and outcomes of parenting processes. He specifically focuses on informal educational practices by parents, parental discipline, and parenting beliefs. He is particularly interested in the underlying cultural determinants of parenting processes. In his work, he works closely with undergraduate and graduate student researchers.


HFS 201 - Introduction to Family Development

HFS 648 - Family Theory: Interpretation and Application

HFS 747 - Parenting Research Seminar

HFS 447 - Principles and Practices in Parenting

HFS 202 - Development of Children

SEM 100 - First Year Experience