Samantha Tornello

Samantha Tornello
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY AND WOMAN'S, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY STUDIES, Education, Human Development, and Social Sciences
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The majority of Samantha Tornello's  work has focused on the role of family composition in children’s development, parental dynamics, and couple functioning. How do variations (e.g., pathways to parenthood or division of unpaid labor) and changes (e.g., divorce) in family composition relate to family members’ development and functioning? Specifically, in this area of work Tornello is interested in the role and experiences of fathers, both gay and heterosexual, as it relates to their children within these differently designed families.

Tornello's additional research focuses on the reproductive and sexual health of sexual minority individuals. What are the experiences of sexual minority individuals compared to their heterosexual peers? What are the unique challenges, strengths, and issues among this population? How can we harvest the resiliency and minimize the risk impacting sexual minority people and their lives? How do sexual minority people decide to become parents and what methods do they use to create their families?

Education: 
Ph.D., Developmental and Community Psychology, University of Virginia, 2014
M.A., Developmental and Community Psychology, University of Virginia, 2010
Research Interests: 
Sexual orientation, families