Eastern Michigan University
College of Arts and Sciences
Psychology Department
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Heather C. Janisse

Associate Professor

361B Science Complex




Ph.D. Wayne State University
M.A. Wayne State University
B.S. Eastern Michigan University

Interests and Expertise

Dr. Janisse is a Professor of Psychology at Eastern Michigan University. As a developmental psychologist, she is interested in the development of health disparities among at-risk minority populations.

Research interests include the impact of the educational context and parent-child relationship on development of social, cognitive and health outcomes of at-risk youth (e.g., Head Start population), pediatric obesity, measurement and statistics.

Current advisor to EMU’s Psi Chi Organization

Selected Publications

Janisse, H. C., Barnett, D., & Nies, M. A. (2009). Perceived energy for parenting: A new conceptualization and scale. Journal of Child and Family Studies 18, 312–322.

Janisse, H. C., Naar-King, S., & Ellis, D. (in press). Parent’s health literacy among high-risk adolescents with insulin dependent diabetes. Journal of Pediatric Psychology.

Outlaw, A., Naar-King, S., Janisse, H. C., Parsons, J. T. (in press). Predictors of condom use in a multi-site study of high-risk youth living with HIV. AIDS Education and Prevention: An Interdisciplinary Journal.

Tanney, M. R. Naar-King, S., Murphy, D. A., Parsons, J. T.D., & Janisse, H. C. (in press). Multiple risk behaviors in a multi-site sample of youth living with HIV (YLH). Journal of Adolescent Health.

Barnett, D., Clements, M., Kaplan-Estrin, M., McCaskill, J. W., Hill Hunt, K., Butler, C. M., & Janisse, H. C.(2006). Maternal resolution of child diagnosis: Stability and relations with child attachment across the toddler to preschooler transition. Journal of Family Psychology, 20(1), 100-107.

Weisfeld, G. E, & Janisse, H. C.(2005). Some functional aspects of human adolescence. In B.J. Ellis and D. F. Bjorklund (Eds.), Origins of the social mind: Evolutionary psychology and child development. Guilford Press.

Outlaw, A., Naar-King, S., Jeffrey T. Parsons, Ph.D., Green-Jones, M., Janisse, H., & Secord, E. (in press). Using motivational interviewing in HIV field outreach with young African American men who have sex with men: A randomized clinical trial. American Journal of Public Health.

Janisse, H. C., Nedd, D., Escamilla, S., & Nies, M. A. (2004). Physical activity, social support, and family structure as determinants of mood among European American and African American women. Women & Health, 39(1), 101-116.

Faculty Resources

The Psychology Department is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.4344