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Jessica Troilo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Learning Sciences and Human Development

A little about me...

I grew up northeast of Pittsburgh, PA and made my way back to the area after obtaining my graduate degrees from the University of Missouri. I like to spend time with my husband, daughter, and rescue dogs. In my spare time, I enjoy reading biographies, collecting coffee cups, drinking kombucha, attempting to make pottery, and (trying) to live mindfully. 


Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, 2009
Graduate Minor: Women's and Gender Studies
University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri

M.S., Family Mediation, 2005
University of Missouri, Columbia Missouri

B.A. Economics, 2000
Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania

Courses Taught

  • CDFS 112: Introduction to Marriage and Family (online; face-to-face; supervisor of Graduate Teaching Instructors)
  • CDFS 250: Research Methods and Data Analysis (last taught in 2015)
  • CDFS 413: Contemporary Issues in Family Studies (last taught in 2013)
  • CDFS 415: Family Communication (Capstone course for Families and Youth Majors, offered each Fall)
  • CDFS 640: Survey of Family Studies (taught in the Fall during odd years)
  • CDFS 647: Comparative Study of the Family (taught in the Fall during even years)

Graduate Student Advisees

Hilary Bougher Doctoral Candidate, Interdisciplinary PhD program

Peggy McQueen Doctoral Candidate, Ed.D. program

Megan Mikesell Doctoral Student, Interdisciplinary PhD program

Ashlee Cunningham “Childhood obesity among young children living in poverty and associations with activity level, food choices, and parental perceptions” (Completed: 2016; Current Position: Director of a Child Care Center)

Kalynn Amick “Father Involvement among Appalachian Families” (Completed: 2015; Current Position: Americorps Member)

Megan Samples “Peer Acceptance among Emerging Adults who Appear to Suffer from Cancer” (Completed 2014; Current Position: Doctoral Student)

Jenica Hughes “Cohabitation Among Emerging Adults (Completed: 2014; Current Position: Law student)

Brittany Legg “How College Students Maintain Friendships using Facebook” (Completed: 2013; Current Position: Behavioral Therapist)