Oklahoma State University
Human Development and Family Science
700 N. Greenwood Ave.
1111 Main Hall
Tulsa, OK 74106
Office Phone: 918-594-8318
Fax Number: 918-594-8558
Community and family factors impacting youth and young adult physical and mental health and development, family risk and resilience in disadvantaged contexts, and experiences of obesity and related health and psychosocial well-being
Adolescents, young adults, and their families; individuals experiencing obesity; individuals and families experiencing disadvantage and extreme poverty
Dr. Michael Merten, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Science, earned his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Iowa State University. Dr. Merten is a member of the National Council on Family Relations, the Societies for Research on Child Development and Research on Adolescence, and the American Sociological Association. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Oklahoma Council on Family Relations as well as Operation Aware of Oklahoma. In addition, he serves on the Editorial or Review Boards of the Journal of Community Psychology, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, American Journal of Health Behavior, and Journal of the American Dietetic Association. Dr. Merten’s research generally explores transitions between risk and resilience with current projects ranging from longitudinal health and psychosocial correlates of obesity to exploring the identity and goal development of youth and families transitioning from homeless to independent living.