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Heidi Stolz

Heidi Stolz

Professor, Co-Director for the Center for Parenting (C4P)


Stolz is centrally interested in parenting. Within this broad arena she has (a) studied fathering and sought to add clarity to the role of parent gender in parenting research and (b) pursued both traditional research and engaged scholarship to advance the field of parenting education. Most recently, she turned her attention to the intersection of these two interests – fathering education. To that end, she developed and is implementing the federally-funded “Tennessee Dads” project to equip family professionals statewide with a curriculum to improve fathering engagement with home visiting services.


  • Parenting
  • Mothering / Fathering
  • Parenting education


  • Ph.D. in Marriage, Family, and Human Development, Brigham Young University, 2002
  • M.A. in Human Development, Washington State University, 1998
  • B.Ed. in Education, University of Puget Sound, 1989
  • B.A. in Economics (with Distinction), Whitman College, 1986

Curriculum Vitae

Awards and Recognitions

  • Tennessee Dad: Engaging Fathers in Home Visiting ($607,500, 2015 - 2017). Contract funded by the Tennessee Department of Health via the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) funding mechanism of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
  • Frances Speight Clark Award ($3,000, 2015). One of two awards bestowed annually by the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences to one faculty member to recognize outstanding achievement on a given project and serve as seed money for a new project.
  • Irma Fitch Giffels Award ($3,000, 2014). One of two awards bestowed annually by the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences to one faculty member from the department of Child & Family Studies, Nutrition, Public Health, or Retail, Hospitality, & Tourism Management in recognition of superlative research, teaching, or service.
  • Research of Instructional Technology in Education (RITE, $3,000, 2014). Awarded grant to create a hybrid version of CFS 320 – Family Interaction and conduct a comparative study of face-to-face and hybrid sections.
  • Ready for the World Global Action Committee ($3,930, 2012). Site Visit to the Danish Institute for Study Abroad International Educators Workshop.


Selected Recent Publications

Stolz, H. E., & Sizemore, K. M. (2016). Parenting education. In S. F. Duncan and H. W. Goddard (Eds.), Family life education: Principles and practices for effective outreach (3nd ed.), 185-206. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Stolz, H. E., Brandon, D. J., Wallace, H. S., & Tucker-Norris, E. A. (2016). Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome: Evaluation of a multiple setting program. Journal of Family Issues, 1-22., doi: 10.1177/0192513X16647985.

LaGraff, M.R., Stolz, H. E., & Brandon, D. J. (2015). Longitudinal program evaluation of “Parenting Apart: Effective Co-Parenting.” Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 56, 117-136. doi: 10.1080/10502556.2014.996044

Hunter, S. B., Barber, B. K., & Stolz, H. E. (2014). Extending knowledge of parents’ role in adolescent development: The mediating effect of self. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24(8), 2474-2484. doi:10.1007/s10826-014-0050-1

Stolz, H. E., Brandon, D. B., & Roberson, P. N. E. (2013). Pilot evaluation of CAPS: A school-based intervention for pregnant and parenting teens. Family Science Review, 18(1), 50-67.

Stolz, H. E., Brandon, D. J., Wallace, H. S., & Roberson, P. N. E. (2013). Understanding and addressing the needs of parent educators: A focus group analysis. Families in Society, 94(2), 1-8. doi: 10.1606/1044-3894.0000

Heidi Stolz

Contact Information

  • 102 A-1 Jessie Harris Building
  • Phone: 865-974-5316
  • E-mail:

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