Professor Gunnoe teaches Child Development and Youth Faith Formation. She is a graduate of Calvin’s favorite rival (Hope College) and earned her PhD in developmental psychology at the University of Virginia. Before coming to Calvin she worked at Child Trends in Washington D.C. conducting policy-relevant research on children and families. Professor Gunnoe has also taught for the University of Maryland European Extension program in Germany, and did post-doctoral work at Arizona State University developing intervention programs for at-risk families. Currently, she directs the youth component of the Portraits of American Life Study and is examining how different models of family authority impact family members’ adjustment. Professor Gunnoe is best known for her work on spanking which drew international media attention in 1997 and 2010 and was instrumental in Canadian and Israeli Parliamentary debates when these countries were debating their corporal punishment laws.

Read about Dr. Gunnoe's research on associations between parenting style and physical discipline.

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