Pronouns: she, her, hers
Ph.D., Human and Community Development, University of Illinois
M.S., Human and Community Development, University of Illinois
B.S., Psychology, Allegheny College
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.
"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"
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
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.
Jang, J., Hessel, H., & Dworkin, J. (2017). Parental ICT use, social capital, and parenting efficacy. Computers in Human Behavior, 71, 395-401.
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
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.
He, Y., & Dworkin, J. (2016). Cyber Dads: What are fathers doing online? Fathering, 13(3), 219-230.
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.
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
Jang, J., Dworkin, J., & Hessel, H. (2015). Mothers' use of information and communication technologies for information seeking. Cyberpsychology, behavior, and social networking, 18(4), 221-227.
Doty, J. & Dworkin, J. (2014). Parents’ of adolescents use of social networking sites. Computers in Human Behavior, 33, 349-355.
Dworkin, J., Connell, J., & Doty, J. (2013). A literature review of parents’ online behavior. Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace, 7(2).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.