Gwenden Dueker

Gwenden Dueker

Professor - Developmental Psychology

  • B.A., Quincy University
  • M.S., Ph.D., Duke University

Office: 2208 Au Sable Hall

Phone: (616) 331-8513

Email: [email protected]

Lab: Infant Cognitive Lab; 301 W. Fulton Street; 104 Eberhard Center



Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Interpersonal Relationships,Quantitative,Child maltreatment and family dysfunction

Courses Taught

PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology

PSY 301 - Child Development

PSY 300 - SWS Research Methods in Psych

PSY 364 - Life Span Developmental Psychology

Area of Research

My goal is to engage in scholarly activity that both sheds scientific light on the topic of human and family development AND helps to improve the lives of children and families in our local community.  I do this by partnering with local organizations that are engaged in programs aimed at supporting parents and children (e.g. Family Futures) and organizations involved with child protective services (e.g. HRA Psychological Services).  We use both archival data review and prospective data collection methods to learn about children and families in Kent County and to learn about the impacts of the programs available to support those families. 

Current Research

Capacity to Parent (CTP) project:  Studying Kent County parents at risk for termination of parental rights because of serious, substantiated child maltreatment. 

Adverse Child Experiences (ACES) among Kent County Parents project:  Collaborating with Family Futures to collect ACES information from Kent county parents to learn how parent ACES might be related to child outcomes.

Patterns and predictors of risk for developmental delay project.  Using archival data from a community based, universal infant/child developmental screening program to identify longitudinal profiles of risk for developmental delay and to identify predictors of those risk patterns with the goal of helping to promote increased levels of developmental screening by pediatricians. 

Recent Publications

Chen, J., Dueker, G. & Cowling, C. (2018). Profiles and predictors of risk for developmental delay: Insights gained from a community-based universal screening program. Early Human Development, 127ISSN: 0378-3782, 21-27, doi:

Astivia, O. L., Forer, B., Dueker, G. L., Cowling, C. & Guhn, M. (2017).  The Ages and Stages Questionnaire: Latent factor structure and growth of latent mean scores over time.  Early Human Development.  115, 99-109.

Dueker, G., Chen, J., Cowling, C. & Haskin, B. (2016).  Early developmental outcomes predicted by gestational age from 35 to 41weeks.  Early Human Development.  103, 85-90. DOI: 10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2016.07.006.

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