Barnett Professorship

Amanda Barnett

Human Development and Family Studies

Office: 127 Heritage Hall
Phone: 715/232-1115


Ph.D. Family Social Science, University of Minnesota

M.S. Human Development and Family Studies, University of Missouri-Columbia

B.A. Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Research Interests

The intersection of aging and families, specifically family caregiving, intergenerational resource transfers, gendered issues with aging, late life family decision-making, life course perspective, and research methods and statistics.

Selected Publications:

Barnett, A. E., & Zaloudek, J. A. (In-Press). Using theory to help undergraduate family science students evaluate poverty. Family Science Review

Zaloudek, J. A., & Barnett, A. E. (In-Press). Developing an intuitive, compassionate approach to teaching family theory. Family Science Review. 

Koepke, L. A., & Barnett, A. E. (2014). Gatekeeping in family science programs. Family Science Review, 19, 1-25.

Barnett, A. E. (2014). Adult child caregiver health trajectories and the impact of multiple roles overtime. Research on Aging.

Barnett, A. E., & Stum, M. S. (2013). Examining spousal and gender differences in long-term care insurance decision-making. Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, 24(2) 61-75.

Barnett, A. E. (2013). Pathways of adult children providing care to older parents. Journal of Marriage and Family, 75, 178-190.

Barnett, A. E., & Stum, M. S. (2012). Couples managing the risk of financing long-term care. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 33, 363-375.

Barnett, A. E. (2011, November). The costs of eldercare to businesses and their employees. Independent Home Living, LLC.

McCullough, B. J., Lassig, S., & Barnett, A. (2011). Older white adults and mental health. In E. Chang & C. Downey (Eds.), Handbook of Race and Development in Mental Health. New York: Springer.

Matzek, A. E., & Stum, M. S. (2010). Are consumers vulnerable to low long term care knowledge? Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, 38(4), 420-434.

Matzek, A. E., Gudmunson, C. G., & Danes, S. M. (2010). Spousal capital as a resource for couples starting a business. Family Relations, 59, 58-71.

Matzek, A. E., & Cooney, T. M. (2009). Spousal perceptions of marital stress and support among grandparent caregivers: Variations by life stage. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 68(2), 109-126.

Courses Taught

  • HDFS 101: Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies
  • HDFS 115: Healthy Couple Relationships
  • HDFS 320: Divorce, Single Parent, and Remarriage Families
  • HDFS 336: Practice in Critical Cultural Competence
  • HDFS 365: Family Resource Management
  • HDFS 450: Family Policy

Also taught undergraduate courses at the University of Minnesota and a graduate course at St. Mary's University of Minnesota.

Professional Memberships

  • National Council on Family Relations
  • Gerontological Society of America
  • Association for Gerontology in Higher Education