- Ph.D., Parks, Recreation, & Tourism Management, North Carolina State University
- M.S., Youth and Family Recreation, Brigham Young University
- B.A., Communications - Print Journalism, Brigham Young University
Dr. Hodge is a family scholar specializing in understanding the association between shared family experiences and the development, health, and well-being of individuals and families. Her research focuses on identifying the conditions under which shared family experiences lead to positive outcomes for individuals and families, and the proximal processes (behavioral, psychological, cognitive, and physiological responses) that may better explain why some shared family experiences may lead to positive outcomes.
Dr. Hodge's recent publications and presentations have identified gaps in family experience research. Family experience research (1) has overlooked some crucial family relationships (e.g., siblings), (2) has been primarily limited to one family life stage (parents with adolescent children), and (3) has lacked diversity in the family types and structures it has included. Additionally, study design and measurement methods have limited the validity of reported associations between family experiences and positive youth and family outcomes. Dr. Hodge is seeking to address these shortcomings through her research, and thereby increase the generalizability of family experience research. Furthermore, Dr. Hodge seeks to empower families and practitioners to effectively design and use family experiences (a potentially enjoyable and accessible treatment mechanism) to promote individual and family development and well-being.