Lynne Borden


Department Head, Professor

Family Social Science

Room 290D McNH
1985 Buford Avenue
St Paul, MN 55108

Tel: 612-625-1900

Fax: 612-625-4227

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Areas of Interest

Families as a Context for Development
Community-based programs that promote positive development
Public Policy
Military Families

Recent News

Borden receives $3.49 million grant from USDA-NIFA


Ph.D., Human Resources and Family Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.A., Counseling and Guidance, University of Colorado at Denver
B.A., Elementary Education, University of Northern Colorado

Honors & Awards

2012 Outstanding Engagement Award, the Board of Human Sciences, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, Denver

Honorary Alumnus Award, University of Arizona Alumni Association, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

2010 Extension Faculty of the Year, Cooperative Extension College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson

2009 Faculty Award, the Council of Alumni and Friends of the John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, Tucson

Teaching & Learning

FSoS 8200: Orientation for Family Social Science

Research & Discovery

Lynne's research and discovery attempts to better understand the relationship between the various contexts within which young people interact and their overall development. More specifically, her work focuses on community-based programs and the role of these organizations in promoting the positive of development of young people and their families. Working in partnership with community-based programs, the programs are given data that allows them to make programmatic and policy changes enhancing their ability to better meet the needs of those they serve. 

Study of Youth Development Program Quality: This project includes collecting data from both the young people who participate and those who deliver the program. Using a multi-method approach that offers the opportunity to best understand the relationship between the interactions of youth participants and the adult leaders the potential influence on the young person’s development. This study uses technology to support the data collection through the use of online surveys and video assessments. This interactive data collection system offers the ability to interact with programs regardless of location.

Military REACH: Military REACH utilizes a multi-diciplinary approach, integrating both research and outreach to support those who work with and on behalf of military families. Through our three-fold approach, we provide empirical research that identifies and addresses key issues impacting military families and the programs that serve them, offer outreach and professional development through online resources, and host a Live Learning Lab for program staff seeking constructive professional development feedback for their programs.

Children, Youth, and Families at Risk Professional Development and Technical Assistance Center (CYFAR PDTA): The CYFAR PDTA serves as a mechanism to support the success of the Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR) initiative at USDA-NIFA. Through the development and provision of proactive technical assistance, resources, evaluation support, and tools, the Center builds the capacity of CYFAR grantees with the overarching goal of increasing the overall positive impacts of the CYFAR Initiative’s efforts. The project provides the needed resources for high-quality implementation of CYFAR community programs using research-based methods that include individual program process and outcome evaluation.

MFSTS: The Military and Family Support Training System (MFSTS) project involves developing a high quality, online, joint service provider training curriculum in the area of military and family readiness. Through this process, we will develop core competency training that applies to all program areas, and is useful to all branches of the armed forces (i.e. Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force). The MFSTS project utilizes a strength-based and results-oriented ‘social service delivery model’ approach.


  1. Wiggs, C. B., Borden, L. M., Stevens, S. J., & Serido, J. (under review). Stress and coping among adolescents: Ethnic Variation in the Experience of stressful life events and engagement in risk behaviors. 

  2. Schlomer, G. L., Hawkins, S. A., Wiggs, C. B., Casper, D. M., Card, N. A., & Borden, L. M. (2012). Deployment and family functioning:  A literature review of the United States operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Family Science 3(2) 86-98.

  3. Borden, L. M., Wiggs, C. B., Schaller, A., & Schlomer, G. L. (2012). Engaging youth in evaluation: Using clickers for data collection. Journal of Youth Development, 7(1), 143-147.

  4. Borden, L. M., Schlomer, G. L., & Wiggs, C. B. (2011). The Evolving Role of Youth Workers. Journal of Youth Development, 6(3), 126-138.

  5. Serido, J., Borden, L. M., & Wiggs, C. W. (2011). Breaking down the barriers for continuing participation in youth programs. Youth and Society, 43(1), 44-63.

  6. Card, N. A., Bosch, L., Casper, D. M., Wiggs, C. B., Hawkins, S. A., & Borden, L. M. (June, 2011). A meta-analytic review of internalizing, externalizing, and academic problems among children of deployed military service members. Journal of Family Psychology, 25(4), 508–520.

  7. Serido, J., Borden, L. M., & Perkins, D. F. (2011). Moving beyond youth voice. Youth & Society, 43(1), 44-63. 

  8. Antonio, T., Johnson, S., Borden, L. M., & Villarruel, F.A. (2010).  Can anyone see our shadows?: Mental health and related social issues for Latino youth. In N. J. Cabrera & F.A. Villarruell (Eds.), Latino/a child psychology and mental health: Development and context, early to mid-childhood; adolescent development. ABC-CLIO Publishing.

  9. Lee, S., Borden, L. M., Serido, S., & Perkins, D. F. (2009). Ethnic minority youth in youth programs: Feelings of safety, relationships with adult staff, and perception of learning social skills. Youth and Society, 41(2), 234-255.

  10. Borden, L. M., & Serido, J. (2009). From program participant to engaged citizen: A developmental journey. Journal of Community Psychology 37(4), 423-438.

  11. See CV for more publications.