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Paula Fomby

Faculty Associate, Population Studies Center.

Associate Research Scientist, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research.

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison

Dr. Fomby studies how family instability affects child well-being, including how parents' choices and behaviors influence those of their children.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

Fomby, Paula, Laurie James-Hawkins, and Stefanie Mollborn. Forthcoming. "Family Resources in Two Generations and School Readiness Among Children of Teen Parents." Population Research and Policy Review. DOI. Abstract.

Mollborn, S., L. James-Hawkins, E. Lawrence, and Paula Fomby. 2014. "Health Lifestyles in Early Childhood." Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 55(4): 386-402. DOI. Abstract.

Mollborn, S., E. Lawrence, L. James-Hawkins, and Paula Fomby. 2014. "When do socioeconomic resources matter most in early childhood?" Advances in Life Course Research, 20: 56-69. PMCID: PMC4242154. DOI. Abstract.

Fomby, Paula, Patrick Krueger, and Nicole Wagner. 2014. "Age at childbearing over two generations and grandchildren's cognitive achievement." Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 35: 71-88. PMCID: PMC4354864. DOI. Abstract.

Fomby, Paula, and Stacey J. Bosick. 2013. "Family Instability and the Transition to Adulthood." Journal of Marriage and Family, 75(5): 1266-1287. DOI. Abstract.

Fomby, Paula. 2013. "Family Instability and College Enrollment and Completion." Population Research and Policy Review, 32(4): 469-494. DOI. Abstract.

Fomby, Paula, and Christie A. Sennott. 2013. "Family Structure Instability and Mobility: The Consequences for Adolescents’ Problem Behavior." Social Science Research, 42(1): 186-201. DOI. Abstract.

Cavanagh, Shannon E., and Paula Fomby. 2012. "School Context, Family Instability, and the Academic Careers of Adolescents." Sociology of Education, 85(1): 81-97. DOI. Abstract.

Mollborn, Stefanie, Paula Fomby, and Jeffrey A. Dennis. 2012. "Racial/Ethnic Differences in Extended Household Transitions in Early Childhood." Social Science Research, 41(5): 1152-1165. DOI. Abstract.

Fomby, Paula. 2011. "Family Instability and School Readiness in the United Kingdom." Family Science, 2(3): 171-185. DOI. Abstract.

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Current PSC Trainee:

Christina Cross.