M. Angela Nievar

Associate Professor, Educational Psychology
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Matthews Hall 304-E

As a family and developmental psychologist, I study parenting in families with young children. Specifically, I investigate parent-child interaction, parenting self-efficacy, families in poverty, early childhood environments, and home visiting. One of my foci is the diversity in parenting across and within cultures.

In addition to basic research, my grants have helped non-profit and community organizations fund their research and evaluation needs. This funding also allows for academic opportunities for my students to perform original research. I truly enjoy working with my students; I have advised and mentored over 40 graduates/undergraduates in research experiences. I enjoy seeing my students become successful in launching their careers. Some of them are now full-time faculty at UNT and other higher educational institutions. Many others are now leaders in their communities and countries, serving the next generation of children.

UNT Position

Child development; child and family policy; research internships; family life education; developmental and family theories; families, schools, and communities.

Research Interests

Research focuses on parenting in at-risk families with young children. Content areas include parenting efficacy, parent-child interaction, Latino families, the quality of early childhood environments (home and child care), and prevention/intervention programs for families in stress. Statistical expertise in meta-analysis.

Recent Publications

HIPPY home visiting: Effects on mothers' parenting skills
Nathans, Nievar, Tucker, Chen
Early Education and Development.

Relación entre violencia de pareja y estrés parental en población Mexicana
Brito-Tinajero, Delgadillo-Guzman, Nievar
Revista del Centro de Investigación de la Universidad La Salle

Parenting practices in preschool leading to later cognitive competence: A family stress model
Nievar, Moske, Johnson, Chen
Early Education and Development

A comparison of White and Hispanic women’s stories of adjustment to the birth of a child
Pollard, Nievar, Nathans, Riggs
Infant Mental Health Journal