Laura DeHaan

Laura DeHaan


  • 1994  Doctor of Philosophy, Purdue University, Department of Child Development and Family Studies, Specialization: Child development, Dissertation: Identity development among adolescents living in urban poverty.
  • 1990  Master of Science, Purdue University, Department of Child Development and Family Studies, Specialization: Child Development, Thesis: The relation between religious and political beliefs, and ideological identity development.
  • 1986  Bachelor of Arts, Eastern New Mexico University, Major: Speech Communication, magna cum laude


Professor DeHaan teaches Marriage and Family, Lifespan Development, Mental Health in the Classroom, and supervises the internship practicum. She received her bachelor’s degree in New Mexico, and her masters and PhD from Purdue University in child development with an emphasis on adolescence (1997). Prior to coming to Calvin, she taught for eight years at North Dakota State University in the department of child development and family science. She has recently been working on a federally-funded research project examining rural alcohol use in the middle school years, finding that rural communities do contribute to adolescent drinking, above and beyond family and peer influences. Her research interests include identity development in adolescence, rural adolescent alcohol use and faith and religious development in adolescence and emerging adulthood.

Read more about the faith and adolescence research Professor De Haan and Professor Yonker are working on. 


  •  2001-present Associate Professor of Psychology, Calvin College
  •  1994-2001 Associate Professor of Child Development and Family Science, North Dakota State University
  •  1990-1993 Research Assistant, Generativity during Mid-life, Purdue University
  •  1989-1990 Research Assistant, NIDA Project for Drug Use and Family Therapy, Purdue University 


  • Gackowski, I.,* DeHaan, L,G. & Sherwood, P.* (under review). Religiosity and Faith Formation among Christian University Students. Submitted to Emerging Adulthood.
  • DeHaan, L.G. & Kelly, M.* (in press). Relations between parental and non-parental adult involvement to religiosity and well-being among middle and high school students. Submitted to The Journal of Psychology and Christianity.
  • Yonker, J.E., Schnabelrauch, C.A.*, & DeHaan, L.G. (2012). The Relationship between Spirituality and Religiosity on Psychological Outcomes in Adolescents and Emerging Adults: A Meta-Analytic Review. Journal of Adolescence,35, 299-314.
  • DeHaan, L.G., Yonker, J., & Affholter, C.* (2011). More than enjoying the sunset: Conceptualization and measurement of religiosity for adolescents and emerging adults and its implications for developmental inquiry. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 30, 3, 184-195..
  • DeHaan, L.G. & and Boljevac, T.* (2010). Alcohol Prevalence and Attitudes among Adults and Adolescents: Their Relation to Early Adolescent Alcohol Use in Rural Communities. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 19, 223-243.
  • DeHaan, L.G., Boljevac, T.*, & Schaefer, K. C. (2010).Parental relationships, economic hardship and rural community influences in early adolescent alcohol use. Journal of Early Adolescence, 30, 629-650.
  • DeHaan, L.G. & and Boljevac, T.* (2009). Alcohol use among rural middle school students: Adolescents, parents, teachers, and community leaders’ perceptions.  Journal of School Health, 79, 58-64.

Professional services

  • Permanent Member, National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Review Panel, (AA-2: Epidemiology, Prevention and Behavior Research) October 2008 – 2011
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 2001 to present
  • Temporary Member, National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Review Panel, (AA-2: Epidemiology, Prevention and Behavior Research) March 2005 – 2008
  • Reviewer, Journal of School Health, 2008-2010
  • Reviewer, Journal of Adolescence, 2000-2003
  • Reviewer, Journal of Family Relations, 1997 - 2002
  • Member, review panel for International Young Scholars, Society for Research on Adolescence, 1997



  • 2009                Co-Principal Investigator with Dr. Julie Yonker. The state of religious faith in adolescents and young adults. Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship, $27,800.
  • 2003-2008        Principal Investigator. Community influences on rural adolescent alcohol use. National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, US Department of Health and Human Services, NIAAA, $577,400

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