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Jean Ispa, PhD

Emerita Professor

412 Gentry Hall, Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-2796
Curriculum Vitae


  • PhD, Cornell University, 1976
  • BA, Cornell University, 1969

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Determinants of parent-child interaction quality, including economic stress, culture, parental mental health, childrearing values and behaviors, and child characteristics.

Awards and Recognition

Together with two colleagues (Dr. Laible and Dr. Carlo), Dr. Ispa was recently awarded an NIH grant to study the implications of early risk, parenting, and child self-regulation for middle childhood parent-child discourse styles.

Jean Ispa co-authored a chapter that won the 2014 Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award by the American Psychological Association Division 52 (International Psychology).

Research Areas

  • Early Childhood
  • Parent-Child Relationships
  • Influence of Race, Ethnicity and Socio-Economic Status Research