Department of Sociology

Elizabeth Gershoff

Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences; PRC Director (Affiliated)
Elizabeth Gershoff



Elizabeth Gershoff's research focuses on how parental and school discipline affect child and youth development and how parent education and early education programs can improve the lives of at risk children. She is an internationally recognized expert on the effects of corporal punishment on children. Dr. Gershoff also studies how and for whom early intervention programs, such as the federal Head Start program, have the strongest impacts. She currently serves as the Director of the NSF-funded Interdisciplinary Collaborative on Development in Context. She was previously an associate professor of social work at the University of Michigan and a research scientist at the National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University.


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HDF 313 • Child Development

52290 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM FAC 21
(also listed as WGS 313)

"HDF 313 will survey both biological and environmental factors that shape the development of a child from conception through adolescence.  The specific areas to be covered include biological, cognitive, emotional, and social development."

There is also a lab that they must be registered for if taking this class- HDF 113L. In this lab, they learn about and practice systematic observation techniques of children.

UGS 303 • The Modern Family

66775-66800 • Fall 2013
Meets MW 1:00PM-2:00PM GEA 105

The Signature Course (UGS 302 and 303) introduces first-year students to the university’s academic community through the exploration of new interests. The Signature Course is your opportunity to engage in college-level thinking and learning.

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  • Department of Sociology

    The University of Texas at Austin
    305 E 23rd St, A1700
    RLP 3.306
    Austin, TX 78712-1086