Linda Halgunseth

Director of Academic Affairs at UConn Hartford, Associate Professor

Human Development and Family Sciences, El Instituto


  • Early Career Award, SRCD Latinx Caucus (2017)
  • Early Career Award, AAUP Teaching Excellence (2017)


  • Ph.D. University of Missouri
  • M.S. University of Missouri
  • B.A. with Honors, University of Texas at Austin

Areas of Interests:

  • Mexican/American and African American Parenting
  • Cultural Influences on Parent-Child Relationships and Parenting
  • Children of Immigrants
  • Culturally-Appropriate Measurement Development
  • Minority Health and Well-Being

Biographical Note:

Linda C. Halgunseth is an associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Connecticut, and jointly appointed with El Instituto. She is also the Director of Academic Affairs at UConn Hartford. Her research focuses on parenting and children’s well-being in Latinx and African American families. Dr. Halgunseth is Past Chair of the Latinx Caucus of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). She received two Early Career Awards: one in teaching from AAUP, and one in research from the SRCD Latinx Caucus. Her integrated review on Latino parental control was published in the special issue of Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in Child Development. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Research on Adolescence. She works closely with the Latinx community by serving on the Boards of the Connecticut Community Foundation and Madre Latina Inc. in Waterbury, CT. She also served as a faculty advisor for the Latin American Student Organization (LASO) at the University of Connecticut. She received a BA in psychology and Spanish at the University of Texas at Austin, and a MS and PhD in human development and family studies from the University of Missouri.

Current Research/Selected Publications:

  • Witherspoon, D.P., Wray-Lake, L., ,& Halgunseth, L.C. (in press).  Black Lives Matter!: Adolescence research incrementally dismantles racism and systems of oppression. Journal of Research on Adolescence. 
  • Shah, S., Choi, M., Miller, M., Halgunseth, L.C., & Brenick, A. (2021). Family and school belongingness: Protective factors for immigrant youth against bias-based bullying.  Special Issue on Research with Immigrant Children and Families.  New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development.  
  • Espinosa-Hernández, G., Halgunseth, L.C., Pond, R.S., Daugherty, J., & Dark-Freudeman, A.R. (2020). Barriers to mother-adolescent communication about sex, monitoring, and sexual behavior among adolescents in Mexico. Journal of International Psychology.  Online First Publication.
  • Pachter, L.M., García Coll, C., Perez-Brena, N., Lopez, L.M., Halgunseth, L.C., Mistry, R.S. Stein, G.L., & Carlo, G., (2020). Assessing the impact of COVID-19 on children and youth. Delaware Journal of Public Health, 46(2A), 40-41.
  • Reid, A., Halgunseth, L.C., Espinosa-Hernández, G., Csizmadia, A., & Card, N. (2019).  Cultural Values and Romantic Relationship Satisfaction in Mexican Adolescents: The Moderating Effects of Parental Psychological Control and Gender.  Journal of Adolescence, 77, 118-128. 
  • Halgunseth, L.C., Milan, S., Hynes, K., Melendez-Rhodes, T., & Reid, A. (2019).  Depression as a moderator in the relation between mothers’ and daughters’ ethnic identity commitment. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 25(4), 598-603.
  • Halgunseth, L.C. (2019).  Latino and Latin American parenting.  In M. Bornstein (Ed.), Handbook of Parenting (3ed). Social Conditions and Applied Parenting, vol. 4 (pp. 24-56). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Reid, A., Halgunseth, L.C., Espinosa-Hernandez, G., & Vasilenko, S.A. (2018). Sociocultural influences on the association between negative romantic experiences and psychological adjustment in Mexican adolescents. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 28 (4), 888-901.
  • Ki, P., Britner, P.A., Rohner, R. R., Halgunseth, L.C., & Rigazio-Digilio, S.A. (2018). Coping with Remembrances of Parental Rejection in Childhood: Gender Differences and Associations with Intimate Partner Relationships.  Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27 (8), 2441-2455.
  • Bouza, J., Camacho-Thomson, D.E., Carlo, G., Franco, X., Garcia Coll, C., Halgunseth, L.C, …White R., (2018, June).  The science is clear: Separating families has long-term damaging psychological and health consequences for children, families and communities. Washington, D. C.: Society for Research in Child Development.

National Leadership Experience:

  • Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) 
    • Member, Ethnic Racial Issues Committee
    • Program Co-Chair,  SRCD Special Topic Meeting
      Construction of the “Other”:  Development, Consequences, and Applied Implications of Prejudice and Discrimination (PR, May 2022)
    • Panel Co-Chair, SRCD Biennial (2021)  Race, Ethnicity, Culture, and Context
  • SRCD Latinx Caucus
    • Past Chair
    • Chair
    • Chair-Elect
    • Subcommittee Chairs of Membership, Awards, and Elections
  • Society of Research on Adolescence (SRA)
    • Chair, Membership Committee
    • SRA Biennial (2020) Panel Co-Chair:  Culture, Inequality, and Intersectionality
Linda C Halgunseth - Spring 2010
Contact Information
CampusHartford, Waterbury, Storrs
CoursesHDFS 3310: Parent-Child Relations in Cross Cultural Perspectives; HDFS 5312: Diverse Families; HDFS 2001: Diverse Issues in HDFS; HDFS 2004W Research Methods in HDFS; LLAS 3470 The Latinx Family