Curators’ Professor Emerita of Human Development and Family Studies, University of Missouri
Topics of Expertise:
Aging / Couples Conflict, Separation & Divorce / Feminism & Families / Step-Families
Marilyn Coleman is a Curators’ Professor Emerita of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Missouri. She also is an affiliate of Women’s and Gender Studies, and a Fellow of the Center for Excellence on Aging and a Fellow of the Center for Family Research and Policy. Her research interests are primarily post-divorce relationships, especially remarriage and stepfamily relationships. She has co-authored 8 books, and has published well over 150 journal articles and book chapters, most with her colleague and husband, Dr. Lawrence Ganong. She was the first female editor of the leading family journal in the world, Journal of Marriage and Family, from 1992-1996, and has been either an Associate Editor or on the Editorial Board of six additional journals. Dr. Coleman has won numerous national and campus awards for teaching, research, and service including being given the First Annual MU Graduate Faculty Mentor Award, MU Alumnae Anniversary Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Education of Women, the UMC Faculty/Alumni Award, Lifetime Contribution Award by the Stepfamily Association of America, The Kansas State University Distinguished Service Award, Fellow of the National Council on Family Relations, and the NCFR Felix Berardo Mentoring Award. She and Dr. Ganong have garnered over 4 million dollars in grants.