PRC Seminar: "Families Headed by Transgender or Nonbinary Parents: Family Processes & Child Outcomes"

Samantha Tornello, Ph.D., Ann Atherton Hertzler Early Career Professor in Health & Human Development and Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Penn State

  • Tuesday February 1, 2022 from 12:00 pm–1:00 pm
  • Virtual event
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Samantha Tornello, Ph.D.

Via Zoom: https://psu.zoom.us/j/96357040079

How are children and their transgender or nonbinary (TGNB) parents doing? Dr. Samantha Tornello, Ann Atherton Hertzler Early Career Professor in Health & Human Development and Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, will present current findings from the Gender Diverse Parents Study. This study explores parental functioning, children’s psychological and gender development, along with links between family processes and children’s outcomes.

About the presenter

The majority of Dr. Tornello's work has focused on the role of family composition and parental sexual orientation and gender in the family system (children’s development, parental dynamics, and couple functioning). How do variations (e.g., pathways to parenthood or division of unpaid labor) and changes (e.g., divorce) in family composition relate to family members’ development and functioning? Specifically, for this area of work she is interested in the role and experiences of parents across gender and sexual orientation, as it relates to individual development within these differently designed families.

Dr. Tornello’s research also focuses on the experiences of becoming a parent among sexual and gender minority individuals. How do sexual and gender minority people decide to become parents and what methods do they use to create their families? How do these families function? What are the unique challenges, strengths, and issues among this population? How can we harvest the resiliency and minimize the risk impacting sexual and gender minority people and their families?

Dr. Tornello hopes that all areas of her research can add to knowledge as well as inform public debates about families, parenting, sexual orientation, gender, and children’s development. Dr. Tornello loves to mentor graduate and undergraduate students as research assistants and collaborators. Contact her to learn more!