professor of human development and family studies
205/348-7864 (o), 205/339-2386 (h)
Teen issues, Divorced families, Blended families, Family strengths, Family issues, Rural families, Teen wellness, Importance of motherhood/fatherhood, How mother/fathers teach children, Adolescent wellness, Family dynamics, Holidays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day
Stinnett is one of the nation’s most knowledgeable commentators on family issues. He is the author of more than 10 books focusing on the family. His most recent is “Fantastic Families,” co-authored with his wife, Nancy. Research for this best-selling book focused on feedback from thousands of families from all walks of life and all geographic regions to discover their secrets for a happy, healthy home life.
Stinnett has been quoted extensively on what he discovered to be the basic yet vital ingredients for building and maintaining a strong family. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Good Housekeeping, Reader’s Digest, Ladies Home Journal and The Washington Post and on CNN and numerous other outlets. Stinnett has also served as a consultant for Time-Life Books, been a guest speaker on national TV programs, and testified at Congressional hearings dealing with family-related issues.
During his 25 years of studying families, Stinnett has founded national and international symposia on family strengths. His current research interests include adolescent wellness and family strengths; the relationship of family strengths and family type to the creativity and confidence of young children; strengths and stresses of rural families; and family management style and family strengths.
Topics of Expertise: Education & Family, Pop Culture, Literature & the Arts
Specialties: Family, Holidays, Human development, Human Environmental Sciences, Parenting, Teenagers
Last Updated: July 6, 2011