College of Education and Human Development

Family Social Science

Jodi Dworkin

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Dworkin

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Degrees

Ph.D., Human and Community Development, University of Illinois
M.S., Human and Community Development, University of Illinois
B.S., Psychology, Allegheny College

Email: jdworkin@umn.edu

Areas of Interest

Technology and Family Development
Promoting Positive Family Development
Strengthening Families
Parenting Adolescents and College Students

I am accepting new advisees for fall 2022 in the M.A., Ph.D., and M.A./Ph.D. programs.

Research & Discovery

I am driven to discover the many ways that technologies impact family relationships.

My research and outreach focuses on risk-taking among adolescents and college students, promoting positive family development, parenting adolescents and college students, and the role of technology in these relationships. A critical piece of my work is developing research-based outreach services to promote positive family development. This fall I led a FSoS collaboration with UMN Extension to launch the website, Parenting College Students: When your child goes to college, that provides information about the issues faced most often by college students and their families and provides tips for parents and families so they can support their student’s success.

Another of my current research projects is Parenting2.0, a collaborative project designed to gain a better understanding of the ways, and the reasons that parents use technology and to better understand the outcomes from parents’ use of technology. 

Recent News

"A parent's nuanced, no-shaming guide to setting rules around screen time," Star Tribune

"It's back to school time. So how do we cut back all the video gaming?" USA Today

"Wellness Wednesday: Cutting back on screen time as a family," The Current

"Talking with the expert: Limiting child's screen time can be difficult coming out of the pandemic," Isanti-Chisago County Star

"Rethinking screen time in a pandemic," MSP Magazine.

"Parenting College Students: Online Support for Parents of College Students," webinar for the University of Minnsota Alumni Association

"Technology and Family Life," webinar for the University of Minnesota Alumni Association

Mom Enough Podcast, "Parenting College Students"

It's OK for "tweens" to be bored during summer

What Students Can Expect from Me

Students can expect to be actively engaged in research as a collaborator through all phases of the research process—literature review, IRB, data collection, data analysis, manuscript preparation, and conference presentations. Students interested in outreach and engagement have opportunities to do the work of translating research into practice both to develop resources for parents and research updates for professionals who work with youth and families.

Students meet with me weekly and have the opportunity to build relationships and collaborations with other graduate students. Students should expect to be independent, creative, and thinking critically about our work together. 

Honors & Awards

2013 Council of Graduate Students Outstanding Faculty Award, University of Minnesota

2008 National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences Florence Hall Award, First Place, Central Region & State Winner, MN Affiliate

2007 National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences Internet Education Technology Award, Second Place, National & First Place, Central Region

2006 National Family Life Extension Specialists Early Achievement Award

2006 Innovations in Student Development Award, Minnesota College Personnel Association

2006 College of Human Ecology Award for Innovation and Mission Advancement, University of Minnesota

2006 National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences Educational Technology Award, 1st place winner and Minnesota Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences Educational Technology Award, 1st place winner. Collaborative team member for Take and Teach Lessons for a Parent or Parents and Teens Together Group including, Bullying, Peer Relationships, and Decision Making about Risky Behavior

2005 New Career Excellence Award, College of Human Ecology

Select Publications and Presentations

See CV for complete list

Publications

  1. Hessel, H., He, Y., & Dworkin, J. (2017). Paternal monitoring: The relationship between online and in-person solicitation and youth outcomes. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 46(2), 288-299.

  2. Jang, J., Hessel, H., & Dworkin, J. (2017). Parental ICT use, social capital, and parenting efficacy. Computers in Human Behavior, 71, 395-401.

  3. Dworkin, J., Hessel, H., Gliske, K., & Rudi, J. (2016). A comparison of three online recruitment strategies for engaging parents. Family Relations, 65(4), 550-561. doi: 10.1111/fare.12206

  4. Dworkin, J., McCann, E., & McGuire, J. (2016). Coparenting in the digital era: Exploring divorced parents’ use of technology. Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research: Divorce, Separation, and Remarriage: The Transformation of Family, 279-298.

  5. He, Y., & Dworkin, J. (2016). Cyber Dads: What are fathers doing online? Fathering, 13(3), 219-230.

  6. Dworkin, J., Walker, S., Rudi, J., & Doty, J. (2015). Parents’ use of new media for communication: A consideration of demographic differences. In C. J. Bruess (Ed.), Family communication in the age of digital and social media (pp. 408-425). New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

  7. Rudi, J. H., Dworkin, J., Walker, S. K., & Doty, J. L. (2015). Parents' use of information and communications technologies for family communication: Differences by age of children.  Information, Communication and Society, 8(1), 78-93. doi: 10.1080/1369118X.2014.934390

  8. Jang, J., Dworkin, J., & Hessel, H. (2015). Mothers' use of information and communication technologies for information seekingCyberpsychology, behavior, and social networking, 18(4), 221-227. 

  9. Doty, J. & Dworkin, J. (2014). Parents’ of adolescents use of social networking sites. Computers in Human Behavior, 33, 349-355.  

  10. Dworkin, J., Connell, J., & Doty, J. (2013). A literature review of parents’ online behavior. Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace, 7(2).

Presentations

  1. Hessel, H. & Dworkin, J. (2016, April). Parental online and in-person monitoring: Relationships with child well-being. Paper presented at the Society for Research on Adolescence, Baltimore, MD.

  2. Gliske, K., Dworkin, J., & Rudi, J. (2016, November). Associations between online and offline risk taking in emerging adulthood. Poster presented at the National Council on Family Relations, Minneapolis, MN.

  3. Jang, J., Dworkin, J., & Hessel, H. (2016, April). Youth internalizing/externalizing difficulties, parental online resource use, and parenting self-efficacy. Poster presented at the Society for Research on Adolescence, Baltimore, MD.

  4. Hessel, H. & Dworkin, J. (2016, March). Fathers’ use of communication technology: Relationships with parental efficacy and adolescent outcomes. Poster presented at the Society for Research on Adolescence, Baltimore, MD.

  5. Dworkin, J., Hessel, H., Brar, P., & Jang, J. (2015, October). Parental oversight and social connectedness: Factors associated with emerging adult substance use. Paper presented at the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood biennial conference, Miami, FL.

  6. Hessel, H. & Dworkin, J. (2015, October). Exploring online and in-person communication strategies between fathers and children. Poster presented at the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood biennial conference, Miami, FL.

  7. Brar, P. & Dworkin, J. (2015, October). The role of parenting on risk-taking among urban Indian college students. Poster presented at the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood biennial conference, Miami, FL.

  8. Rudi, J., He, Y., Dworkin, J., & Doty, J. (2014, November). How useful is it? Differences in parents’ perceptions of parenting resources. Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations annual conference, Baltimore, MD.