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Paula Fomby

Faculty Associate, Population Studies Center.

Associate Research Scientist, Population Studies Center.

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, 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. 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.

Mollborn, Stefanie, Paula Fomby, and Jeffrey A. Dennis. 2011. "Who Matters for Children’s Early Development? Race/Ethnicity and Extended Household Structures in the United States." Child Indicators Research, 4(3): 389-411. PMCID: PMC3172319. Abstract.

Chase-Lansdale, P. Lindsay, Andrew J. Cherlin, Katarina Guttmannova, Paula Fomby, David C. Ribar, and Rebekah Levine-Coley. 2011. "Long-Term Implications of Welfare Reform for the Development of Adolescents and Young Adults." Children and Youth Service Review, 33(5): 678-688. PMCID: PMC3182830. DOI. Abstract.

Fomby, Paula, and Angela Estacion. 2011. "Cohabitation and Children’s Externalizing Behavior in Low-Income Latino Families." Journal of Marriage and Family, 73(1): 46-66. PMCID: PMC3173038. DOI. Abstract.

Current PSC Trainee:

Christina Cross.