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Rukmalie Jayakody
Rukmalie Jayakody
Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and Sociology
  • Human Development and Family Studies - HDFS
  • Research
  • Family Development
  • Intervention and Prevention
  • Graduate Program
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  • B.A., 1989, Sociology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
  • M.S.W., 1990, Social Work (Social Policy), University of Michigan
  • M.A., 1992, Sociology, University of Michigan
  • Ph.D., 1996, Sociology, University of Michigan
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Office Address
210 Health and Human Development Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
Professional Experience

Present: Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Sociology, and Demography Research Associate, Population Research Institute, Pennsylvania State University

2004- Present: Research Affiliate, National Poverty Center, University of Michigan

2004-2005: Visiting Scholar, National Poverty Center, University of Michigan

Jan.-May, 2002 & 2003: Visiting Professor, Institute of Sociology, National Academy of Social Sciences, Hanoi, Vietnam

Jan.-May, 2002-03, 2005: Sociology Faculty for Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) and Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Interdisciplinary Social Science Research Methods Training Program, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Summer 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000: Co-Instructor, Advanced Categorical Data Analysis Workshop, Inter-University Consortium for Social and Political Research (ICPSR)

1989: Summer Program in Quantitative Methods, University of Michigan

Honors and Awards

1989-1994: Michigan Merit Fellowship, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan

1989, 1990, 1993: Institute for Social Research Summer Programs Fellowship, University of Michigan

1992: Distinguished Research Partnership Award for "Kin Support to Single Mothers," Rackham Graduate School and the Office for the Vice-President of Research, University of Michigan

1994: Gerontological Society of American's Minority Predoctoral Leadership Development Program

2000-2005: W.T. Grant Foundation Faculty Scholars Award

Grants and Research Projects

Examining the nature of social changes and how social change impacts communities, families, and individuals; the impacts of television on attitudes and behavior; interventions aimed at improving population health;  mixed-methods research using mutually reinforcing qualitative and quantitative data; , research designs that pay careful attention to causation and selection; the impacts of poverty and social policies on families and children both in the U.S. and in developing countries.

  • Jayakody, R. & Heckert, J. (2010).  “Social change and its implications for Vietnam’s youth: Does media play a role? “  In Silbereisen, R. K. (Ed.), Social change and human development: Concepts and results, pp.227-244.  Sage: London.

  • Jayakody, R. (2008).  Social change, the meaning of aging, and television.  In Schaie, H.W. & Ables, R., (Eds). Social structures and aging, pp. 285-302.  New York: Springer.

  • Jayakody, R. , A. Thornton, & W.G. Axinn (Eds.) (2008). International Family Change: Ideational Perspectives. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

  • Knodel, J., Loi, V. M., Jayakody, R., & Huy, V. T. (2005). Gender roles in the family: Change and stability in Vietnam. Asian Population Studies, 1(1), 69-92.

  • Jayakody, R., & Kalil, A. (2002). "Social fathering in low-income, African American families with preschoolers." Journal of Marriage and the Family , 64(2), 504-516.

  • Lichter, D., & Jayakody, R. (2002). "Welfare reform: How do we measure success?" Annual Review of Sociology , 28, 117-141.

  • Pollack, H.A., Danziger, S.H., Jayakody, R., & Seefeldt, K. (2002). "Drug testing welfare recipients: False negatives, false positives, unanticipated opportunities." Women's Health Issues , 12(1), 23-31.

  • Pollack, H.A., Danziger, S.H., Seedfeldt, K., & Jayakody, R. (2002). "Substance use among welfare recipients: Trends and policy responses." Social Service Review , 76(2), 256-274.

Additional Information

International population health, community randomized trials, the impacts of developent on culture change, social change and families, mixed methods research, the impacts of poverty on child development.