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

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

Research & Discovery

Dr. Weiler's 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. Her research focuses on leveraging relationships and social capital to promote positive mental health and psychosocial outcomes. Her research has contributed to the growing science of relational preventive interventions, including the establishment and testing of innovative trauma-informed program models specified for children exposed to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs; NIDA/NIMH). Dr. Weiler is a recognized expert in community-based research and a member of the Research Board of the National Mentoring Resource Center (NIJ/OJJDP). Her work has been highlighted and disseminated locally, nationally, and globally.

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

An ounce of prevention, with a focus on familiesCEHD Connect 

"Weiler honored with national award for community engagement"

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 

(see CV for complete list)


  1. Weiler, L M., *Lee, S-K., *Zhang, J., Ausherbauer, K., Schwartz, S., Kanchewa, S., & Taussig, H. (in press). Mentoring children in foster care: Examining relationship histories as moderators of intervention impact on children’s mental health and trauma symptoms. American Journal of Community Psychology. doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12549

  2. *Burningham, K. & Weiler, L. M. (2021). Natural mentoring and LGBTQ youth: A critical review of the literature. Adolescent Research Review, 1-17, doi:10.1007/s40894-020-00146-x

  3. *Burcher, S. A., Weiler, L. M., *Keyzers, A., & Cavell, T. (2021). Neighborhood risk and interpersonal support as predictors of parents’ sense of community. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 30, 1476-1486. doi: 10.1007/s10826-021-01957-9

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. *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

  8. 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

  9. *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

  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