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Martha Rueter


Associate Professor

Room 275E McNeal
1985 Buford Ave
St Paul, MN 55108

Tel: 612-625-3163

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Areas of Interest

Family Interactions in Families With Genetically Unrelated Parents and Children Adoptive Families Family Communication
Child and Adolescent Adjustment
Family Research Methods
Family Observation Methods

Recent News

Rueter interviewed for show on “How Are Donor Conceived Families and Kids Doing?”


Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, Iowa State University
M.S., Psychosocial Dimensions of Physical Activity, Pennsylvania State University
M.E., Student Personnel Aspects of Counselor Education, Pennsylvania State University
B.A., Psychology, Gustavus Adolphus College

Honors & Awards

2002 CHE New Career Excellence Award

Teaching & Learning

FSoS 2105: Family Research Methods

FSoS 8014: Quantitative Family Research Methods

Research & Discovery

Family Communication Project (FCP) – A study aimed at understanding how parent-child communication operates differently across different types of families. Types of families under study include traditional families, families with adopted children, and families formed through Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART).

Sibling Interaction and Behavior Study (SIBS, Matt McGue Principal Investigator) – An on-going, longitudinal study of 400 adoptive families and 200 non-adoptive (biological) families aimed at understanding family environment and genetic influences on adolescent adjustment.

Family Processes Influencing the Development of Psychopathology among Adolescents: The Moderating Role of Parent-child Genetic Relatedness

Outreach & Engagement

CEHD Research Work Group, 2008
CEHD Research Consultation and Statistical Consulting Work Group, 2008
CHE Scholarships Committee, 2004 – 2006, Chair, 2005-2006
CHE Initiatives Ad-Hoc Committee, 2002
University of Minnesota Addictions Studies Faculty Committee, 2000 – 2002

Professional Memberships and Professional Committee Memberships:

American Psychological Association
American Psychological Association, Family Psychology Division, Rural Families Committee
National Council on Family Relations
National Council on Family Relations, Reuben Hill Awards Committee, 2002 - 2005
National Council on Family Relations, Media Awards Committee, 2002
Council on Family Relations, Theory and Research Submissions Review Committee, 2007
Society for Research on Adolescence


  1. Samek, D., Koh, B.D., & Rueter, M. A. (in press). Implications of behavioral and molecular genetics research for family professionals. Journal of Family Theory and Review.

  2. Samek, D. & Rueter, M. A. (2011). Predicting younger sibling substance use: A social learning versus social bonding hypothesis. Journal of Family Psychology, 25, 931–941, DOI: 10.1037/a0025857.

  3. Burt, S. A, Klahr, A. M., Rueter, M. A., McGue, M. Iacono, W. G. (2011). Confirming the etiology of adolescent acting-out behaviors: An examination of observer-ratings in a sample of adoptive and biological siblings. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry52, 519–
    526, DOI:10.1111/j.1469-7610.2010.02334.x.

  4. Klahr, A. M., Rueter, M. A., McGue, M., Iacono, W. G, & Burt, S. A. (2011). The relationship between parent-child conflict and adolescent antisocial behavior: Confirming shared environmental mediation. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology39, 683–694, DOI 10.1007/s10802-011-9505-7.

  5. Koh, B. D., & Rueter, M. A. (2011). Contributions of parent-adolescent negative emotionality traits and adolescent conflict to adopted adolescent externalizing. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 40, 825–836, DOI: 10.1080/15374416.2011.614579.

  6. Samek, D. & Rueter, M. A. (2011). Associations between observed family communication patterns, sibling closeness perceptions, and adoptive status. Journal of Marriage and Family, 73, 1015-1031. DOI:10.1111/j.1741-3737.2011.00865.x.

  7. Grotevant, H. D., Rueter, M. A., Von Korff, L. & Gonzalez, C. (2011). Post-adoption contact, adoptive communicative openness, and satisfaction with contact as predictors of externalizing behavior in adolescence and emerging adulthood. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 52, 529 – 536. DOI:10.1111/j.1469-7610.2010.02330.x.

  8. Connor, J. & Rueter, M. A. (2009). Predicting adolescent suicidality: Comparing across multiple reporters and methods. Journal of Adolescence, 32, 619-631.

  9. Rueter, M. A., Keyes, M. A., Iacono, W. & McGue, M. (2009). Family interactions in adoptive compared to non-adoptive families. Journal of Family Psychology, 23, 58-66. (PubMed #NIHMS99615).

  10. See CV for more publications.