College of Education and Human Development

Family Social Science

Lindsey Weiler

Pronouns: she, her, hers


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Ph.D., Applied Developmental Science, Colorado State University
M.S., Human Development & Family Studies, Marriage & Family Therapy, Colorado State University
B.A., Psychology, Concordia University – Saint Paul

Areas of Interest

Children/Adolescent Mental Health
Adverse Childhood Experiences
Prevention Science
Community Psychology
Family Risk & Resilience
Family Therapy

I am accepting new advisees for fall 2021 in the Ph.D. and M.A./Ph.D. programs.

Research & Discovery

My research focuses on developing and testing interventions for children and families exposed to trauma and adversity. The goal of this research is to identify effective strategies for fostering positive child development and healthy family functioning. My research focuses on leveraging relationships and social capital to promote positive mental health and psychosocial outcomes. 

Learn more at the Weiler Lab site.

Recent News

"Mentoring in the age of COVID," The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring

"Autism Mentorship Program finds silver linings while adjusting during pandemic," KSTP

"Loneliness, Anxiety and Insomnia: How The Pandemic is Impacting Hawaii's Teenagers," Honolulu Civil Beat

"First applied developmental science graduate and first-generation student receives tenure," CHHS, Colorado State University

Weiler and Burningham, graduate student, create resource page for LGBTQ youth in foster care

University-community team receives funding to address important Minnesota health issue

An ounce of prevention, with a focus on familiesCEHD Connect 

"Weiler honored with national award for community engagement"

"Mentoring programs need to experiment with what works best for foster youth," op/ed, Youth Today

Weiler leads research team at the Minnesota State Fair

Weiler awarded Hennepin-University Collaborative Grant

Weiler discusses the importance of mentors on MomEnough

Weiler receives William T. Grant Foundation research Grant

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring features Weiler: Rising Star

Teaching & Learning

FSoS 1201: Human Development in Families: Lifespan
FSoS 4109: Family Theories
FSoS 8001: Conceptual Frameworks in the Family
FSoS 8036: Couple and Family Therapy Research
FSoS 8295: Couple and Family Therapy Practicum
GCC  3018: What American Dream? Children of the Social Class Divide

Honors & Awards

2019 Community Engagement Scholarship Award, W. K. Kellogg Foundation
2018 Engagement Scholarship Consortium Excellence in Community Partner Community Engagement Award
2018 Rising Star, Women’s Philanthropic Leadership Circle
2018 Excellence in Community Partner Engagement Award, Engagement Scholarship Consortium
2014 Early Career Preventionists Network Travel Award, Society for Prevention Research
2014-2013 Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institute on Mental Health                               
2013 Outstanding Engagement Award, Colorado State University                                        
2012-2013 Predoctoral Fellow, National Institute on Drug Abuse                                    
2012 New Writer Fellow, Family Process Institute                                                                 
2012 Innovative Instruction in Service Learning Award, Colorado State University                                                                            
2012 Engaged Faculty for Service Learning, Colorado Campus Compact                             
2011 and 2009 AmeriCorps Education Award, UCAN


Recent Publications and Presentations

(see CV for complete list)


  1. Haddock, S. A., Weiler, L. M., Lee, H., Henry, K. L., Lucas-Thompson, R., Zimmerman, T. S., Krafchick, J. L., *Fredrickson, G. F., *Yetz, N., & Youngblade, L. M. (2020). Does organizing mentor-mentee matches into small groups enhance treatment effects in a site-based mentoring program for adolescents? Results of a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. doi: 10.1007/s10964-020-01267-1

  2. Weiler, L. M., *Scafe, M., Spencer, R., & Cavell, T. (2020). Caregiver-initiated mentoring: Developing a working model to mitigate social isolation. Clinical Social Work Journal, 48, 6-17. doi:10.1007/s10615-019-00723-1

  3. *Maples, A. E., Williams-Wengerd, A., Braughton, J. E., Henry, K. L., Haddock, S. A., & Weiler, L. M. (2020). The role of service-learning experiences in promoting flourishing among college-student youth mentors. Journal of Positive Psychology. doi:10.1080/17439760.2020.1858333

  4. *Burningham, K. & Weiler, L. M. (2020). Natural mentoring and LGBTQ youth: A critical review of the literature. Adolescent Research Review

  5. Lucas-Thompson, R., Weiler, L.M., Haddock, S. A., Henry, K. L., Zimmerman, T. S., Krafchick, J., & *Prahbu, N. (2020). Listening in: Improving the science and practice of mentoring through naturalistic observations of mentor-mentee relationships. Journal of Child and Family Studies. doi: 10.1007/s10826-020-01777-3

  6. *Kazlauskaite, V., *Braughton, J. Weiler, L. M., Haddock, S. H., Henry, K. L., & Lucas-Thompson, R. (2020).  Adolescents’ experiences of mentor alliance and sense of belonging in a site-based mentoring intervention. Children and Youth Services Review. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105040

  7. Weiler, L. M., *Keyzers, A., *Scafe, M., *Anderson, A., Cavell, T. (2020). “My village fell apart”: Parents’ views on seeking informal mentoring relationships for their children. Family Relations, 114, doi:10.1111/fare.12436

  8. *Hunt, Q., Weiler, L. M., McGuire, J., Mendenhall, T., Kobak, R., & Diamond, G. (2019). Testing basic assumptions of the Interpersonal Needs Questionnaire-15 in a sample of clinically depressed and suicidal youth. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. doi: 10.1111/sltb.12594

  9. *Boat, A. A., Weiler, L. M., *Bailey, M., Haddock, S., & Henry, K. (2019). Mentor's self-efficacy trajectories during a mentoring program for at-risk adolescents. Journal of Primary Prevention, 40, 575-589. doi:10.1007/s10935-019-00566-z

  10. Taussig, H., Weiler, L. M., Garrido, E., Rhodes T., *Boat, A., & Fadell, M. (2019). A positive youth development approach to improving mental health outcomes for maltreated children in foster care: Replication and extension of an RCT of the Fostering Healthy Futures Program. American Journal of Community Psychology, 64, 405-417. doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12385

  11. *Sourk, M., Weiler, L. M., & Cavell, T. (2019). Risk, support, and reasons for wanting a mentor: Comparing parents of youth in community versus school-based matches. Children and Youth Services Review, 99, 156-164. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.01.04

  12. Weiler, L. M., *Boat, A., & Haddock, S. A. (2019). Youth risk and mentoring relationship quality: The moderating effect of program experiences. American Journal of Community Psychology, 63, 73-87. doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12304


  1. *Smith, A. D., Haddock, S., Weiler, L. M., & *Maples, A. (2019, September). Therapist-led preventive intervention: Youth depression. Paper presented at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Meeting. Austin, TX.

  2. *Kazlauskaite, V., Weiler, L. M., & Haddock, S. (2019, June). Critical processes associated with youth-mentor alliance and sense of belonging. Paper presented at the Society for Community Research and Action. Chicago, IL.

  3. *Maples, A., Weiler, L. M. & Haddock, S. (2019, June). The role of service-learning experiences in promoting flourishing among college student mentors. Paper presented at the Society for Community Research and Action. Chicago, IL.

  4. *Burningham, K. & Weiler, L. M. (2019, June). Affirming natural mentors: A critical relationship for LGBTQ youth. Paper presented at the Society for Community Research and Action. Chicago, IL.

  5. Weiler, L. M., Cavell, T., Spencer, R., & *Sourk, M. (2019, January). Caregiver-Initiated Mentoring (CG-IM): Developing a workable model. Paper presented at the National Mentoring Summit. Washington, DC.

  6. Weiler, L. M. (2019, January). Mentors and substance abuse prevention: What research says about the role caring adults play in prevention, recovery, and mitigation of indirect impacts. Presentation at the National Mentoring Research Symposium. Washington, DC.

  7. Weiler, L. M. (2018, November). Prevention, parent-initiated villages, and the therapist’s role. Paper presented at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Meeting. Louisville, KY.

  8. Zimmerman, T. S., Weiler, L. M., Krafchick, J., & Haddock, S. A. (2018, November). Integrating therapy and family systems into a mentoring program. Paper presented at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Meeting. Louisville, KY.

  9. Cox, M., Rhoades, K. & Weiler, L. M. (May, 2018). Building community partnerships for research and intervention. ECPN Panel presented at the Society for Prevention Research Annual Meeting. Washington, DC.

  10. *Burcher, S. A, *Keyzers, A. M., Weiler, L. M., *Mazzitello, L, & Cavell, T. (2018, May). Parents’ sense of community, social support, and shared parenting beliefs: The role of neighborhood characteristics. Paper presented at the Society for Prevention Research Annual Meeting. Washington, DC.