University of ArizonaNorton School of Family and Consumer Sciences

Dan Erickson

Academic Program: 
Family Studies and Human Development
B.S. Marriage and Family Studies, Brigham Young University, 2011; M.S. Family Studies and Human Development, The University of Arizona, 2014
Clearfield, UT


Teaching History

     Teaching is my passion.  At the University of Arizona I have had the opportunity to teach or co-teach the following courses:

  • Lifespan Human Development (FSHD 117)
  • Close Relationships (FSHD 237)
  • Dynamics of Family Relations (FSHD 257)
  • Advanced Theories of Family Relations (FSHD 487) - Live and online


      I have also had the opportunity to be a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the following courses at the University of Arizona:


      I have also been privileged to guest lecture on a variety of topics including marriage, identity, attachment theory, and siblings.

      Recently I was fortunate to complete the Office of Instruction and Assessment (OIA) Graduate Certification in College Teaching.


Research History

   During my first two years at the University of Arizona I was the project manager for the National Science Foundation funded research project The Emergence of Cyberbullying from Middle Childhood to Adolescence: A Prospective Longitudinal Study, with principal investigators Dr. Sheri Bauman and Dr. Noel Card.  This project was a three year longitudinal study examining technology use, peer aggression and victimization, cyber aggression and victimization in adolescent students in three school districts of Southern Arizona, their parents, and their teachers.  For the final wave of data collection I created a new model measuring sibling aggression and victimization.

     My master's thesis explored the relationship between peer aggression and sibling aggression.  I look forward to analyzing data related to sibling relationships, particularly among emerging adults.

Primary Research Interests

  • Sibling Relationships
  • Influence of Technology on Family Relations
  • Education and Family Relations
  • Religion and Spirituality in the Family
  • Sibling Aggression and Victimization
  • Father Involvement
  • Parent-Child Relationships
  • Cultural Influences
  • Multi-racial Families
  • Post-secondary Teaching Strategies & Ideology



Honors and Awards

  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Outstanding Teaching Assistant—Ph.D. Level (May, 2015)
  • Graduate and Professional Student Council Travel Grant Recipient (March 2013, January 2014, December 2014)
  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Graduate Committee, and Francis McClelland Institute Travel Grant Recipient (April 2013, February 2014, February 2015)


General Information

     I am currently in my fourth year of graduate studies at the University of Arizona.  My research is largely informed by my personal history and experiences.  I grew up in a small Utah community as the youngest of nine children.  I lived in South Korea for two years as a missionary and found the cultural differences to be very influential.  I married into a multi-racial family (Peruvian/American) in 2009.  My wife and my young daughter teach me the most about the importance of family and quality family relations.

Updated May 2015

College Teaching
Recent Accomplishments: 


Coyne, S.M., Jensen, A.C., Smith, N.J., & Erickson, D.H. (2016). Super Mario brothers and sisters: Associations between coplaying video games and sibling conflict and affection. Journal of Adolescence47, 48-59.

Stockdale, L., Coyne, S.M., Nelson, D.A. & Erickson, D.H. (2015).  Borderline personality features, jealousy, and cyberbullying in adolescence.  Personality & Individual Differences, 83, 148-153.


Erickson, D.H., Hollifield, C., Butler, E.A., Conger, K.J. (March, 2015).  From warmth to conflict: The role of siblings in adolescent self-esteem.  Poster presentation at the 2015 Society for Research in Child Development Bienniel Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Topcu, C., Erickson, D.H., Card, N.A., Bauman, S.A., & Erdur-Baker, Ö (2014).  Parental monitoring of online activity among Turkish and American adolescents.  Oral presentation submitted at the biannual meeting of the European Association for Research on Adolescence, Izmir, Turkey. 

Erickson, D.H., Card, N.A., & Bauman, S.A. (2014).  From the backyard to the schoolyard; Influences of sibling aggression on peer aggression.  Poster presentation at the 2014 Society for Research in Adolescence Biennial Meeting, Austin, TX.

Bauman, S.A., Card, N.A., Erickson, D.H., Williams, T. (March, 2014).  Teachers and cyberbullying: Views and comparisons to students.  Paper presentation at the 2014 Society for Research in Adolescence Biennial Meeting, Austin, TX.

Erickson, D.H., Card, N.A. & Bauman, S.A. (2013).  Parenting in cyberspace: What parents know and what they don’t.  Poster presentation at the 2013 Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Seattle, WA.

Topcu, C., Card, N.A., Bauman, S.A. & Erickson, D.H. (2013).  Self-other discrepancies in reports of cyberaggression and cybervictimization.  Paper presented at symposium at the 2013 Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Seattle, WA.

Bauman, S.A., Card, N.A.Erickson, D.H., & Williams, T. (2012).  Highlights from Wave 1 Data: A Prospective Longitudinal Study of the Emergence of Cyberbullying from Childhood to Adolescence.  Presentation at COST IS0801 International Conference on Cyberbullying, Paris, France.

Erickson, D.H. & Day, R.D. (2011).  Fathers of flourishing families.  Poster presented at the anual conference of the Pacific Sociologial Association, Seattle, WA. 

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