Rob Palkovitz



112 Alison Hall


(302) 831-8559



  • Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, Rutgers University
  • M.S., Developmental Psychology, Rutgers University
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Virginia
Curriculum Vitae

Course Taught or Developed:

  • HDFS 201: Life Span Development
  • HDFS 328: Introduction to the Research Process
  • HDFS 667: Parenting and Childhood Outcomes
  • HDFS 803: Human Development: Life Span Perspective


Rob Palkovitz is Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Delaware. His research interests are in fathering and intergenerational relationships and development, with a particular emphasis on the relationships between patterns of father involvement and developmental outcomes for men and their children. He is currently creating and advancing understandings of a Resource Theory of Fathering, and is in the process of launching pilot research projects to validate and adjust the theory. His teaching, research and community service focus on applied systems perspectives for facilitating life opportunities for persons at risk.  He regularly teaches courses integrating human development, family and risk and resilience perspectives, with a focus on real-world application and the lived experiences of people in families.  Dr. Palkovitz serves on the Editorial Review Board of The Journal of Family Theory and Review, Fathering, and Marriage and Family Review. To learn more about Dr. Palkovitz and his work, visit his website.

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