Kathryn Harker Tillman
Associate Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Dr. Tillman's current research focuses on the educational and behavioral outcomes of youth/adolescents, the adaptation of immigrant youth, and the importance of family contexts for individual development and well-being. She is also engaged in an examination of the ways in which researchers have conventionally defined and measured the "family," and an exploration of alternatives that may more closely reflect the realities of our changing society.

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Research Interest

Families and Adolescents
Immigration Adaptation
Race and Ethnicity
Social Demography


Sociology of the Family
Race and Ethnicity Relations
Social Demography
Research Methods
Immigrant Adaptation

Education and Professional Experience

Assistant to Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Florida State University,2003-present.
Research Associate, Center for Demography & Population Health,Florida State University, 2003-present.
Ph.D. 2003 Sociology. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Selected Papers and Publications

Tillman, Kathryn Harker and Ursula Keller. “Nativity Status and Depressive Symptoms among Hispanic Young Adults: The Role of Stress Exposure.” Forthcoming, Social Science Quarterly. Accepted March 2008.

Tillman, Kathryn Harker. “Co-Resident Sibling Composition and the Academic Ability, Expectations, and Performance of Youth.” Forthcoming, Sociological Perspectives. Accepted January 2008. Expected to appear in print Fall or Winter 2008, vol. 51(3) or vol. 51(4).

Keller, Ursula and Kathryn Harker Tillman. "Post-Secondary Educational Attainment of Immigrant and Native Youth." Forthcoming, Social Forces. Accepted October 2007. Expected to appear in December 2008.

Tillman, Kathryn Harker and Charles B. Nam. "Family Structure Outcomes of Alternative Family Definitions." Forthcoming, Population Research and Policy Review, Accepted January 2007. Expected to appear in print June 2008, vol. 27(3).

Tillman, Kathryn Harker. 2008. "Non-Traditional Siblings and the Academic Outcomes of Adolescents." Social Science Research 37(1): 88-108.

Brewster, Karin L. and Kathryn Harker Tillman. "Who's Doing It? Patterns and Predictors of Youths' Oral Sexual Experiences." Forthcoming, Journal of Adolescent Health. Accepted July 2007.

Tillman, Kathryn Harker. 2007. "Family Structure Pathways and Academic Disadvantage Among Adolescents in Stepfamilies." Sociological Inquiry 77(3): 383-424.

Tillman, Kathryn Harker, Guang Guo, and Kathleen Mullan Harris. 2006. "Grade Retention Among Immigrant Children." Social Science Research. 35(1): 129-156.

Harker, Kathryn, 2001. "Immigrant Generation, Assimilation, and Adolescent Psychological Wellbeing." Social Forces 79 (3): 969-1004.