Associate Director, Training Director, PSC
Research Associate Professor, PSC
Research Associate Professor, SRC-PSID
Paula Fomby's research focuses on family structure change, family complexity and child well-being. Her perspective considers families as embedded in broader social contexts and considers how extended kin relationships, neighborhood and community cohesion, and school quality condition the ways children experience family change. Broadly, her work emphasizes the causes and consequences of residing in specific family arrangements in the context of high economic inequality, with particular attention to how prior socioeconomic disadvantage constrains family formation and family process.
- Transitions from Preschool through High School: Family, Schools & Neighborhoods. (Narayan Sastry, Paula Fomby, David Scott Johnson, Katherine A. McGonagle, Pamela E. Davis-Kean, Colter M. Mitchell) 2018-2023. NIH.
- A New Public Data Archive for the PSID Child Development Supplement. (Narayan Sastry, Paula Fomby) 2017-2019. NICHD.
- Collaborative Research: Socioeconomic Inequalities in Technology Use and Health Lifestyles among Children and Youth. (Paula Fomby) 2017-2019. NSF.
- Social Science Training Program in Population Studies. (Jeffrey D. Morenoff, John Bound, Arline T. Geronimus, Paula Fomby, Sarah A. Burgard) 2017-2022. NICHD.
- Family Complexity, Resources, and the Transition to Adulthood. (Paula Fomby, Narayan Sastry, Robert F. Schoeni) 2016-2021. NICHD.
- Transition to Adulthood within its Life Course & Intergenerational Family Context. (Narayan Sastry, Katherine A. McGonagle, Robert F. Schoeni, William G. Axinn, Deirdre R. Bloome, Fabian T. Pfeffer, Paula Fomby, Pamela E. Davis-Kean) 2016-2021. NICHD.
- Transitions from Preschool through High School: Family, Schools & Neighborhoods-Administrative Supplement. (Narayan Sastry, Paula Fomby, Katherine A. McGonagle) 2014-2018. NICHD.
- Transitions from Preschool through High School: Family, Schools & Neighborhoods. (Narayan Sastry, Katherine A. McGonagle, Paula Fomby) 2013-2018. NICHD.
- Goode, Joshua A., Paula Fomby, Stefanie Mollborn, and Aubrey Limburg. 2020. "Children's Technology Time in Two US Cohorts." Child Indicators Research 13: 1107-1132.
- Sastry, Narayan, Katherine A. McGonagle, and Paula Fomby. 2020. "Effects of the COVID-19 Crisis on Survey Fieldwork: Experience and Lessons From Two Major Supplements to the U.S. Panel Study of Income Dynamics." Survey Research Methods 14(2): 241-245.
- Fomby, Paula, and Narayan Sastry. 2019. "Data Collection on Sensitive Topics with Adolescents Using Interactive Voice Response Technology." methods, data, analyses 13(1).
- Fomby, Paula, Joshua A. Goode, Kim-Phuong Truong-Vu, and Stefanie Mollborn. Forthcoming. "Adolescent Technology, Sleep, and Physical Activity Time in Two U.S. Cohorts." Youth & Society
- Fomby, Paula, and Nicole D. Kravitz-Wirtz. 2019. "Family Systems and Parents' Financial Support for Education in Early Adulthood." Demography 56(5): 1875-1897.
- Cavanagh, Shannon E., and Paula Fomby. 2019. "Family Instability in the Lives of American Children." Annual Review of Sociology 45: 493-513.
- Fomby, Paula. 2018. "Motherhood in Complex Families." Journal of Family Issues 39(1): 245-270.
- Sastry, Narayan, Paula Fomby, and Katherine A. McGonagle. 2018. "Using the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) to Conduct Life Course Health Development Analysis." Pp. 579-599 in Handbook of Life Course Health Development, edited by Halfon, Neal, Forrest, Christopher B., Lerner, Richard M., Faustman, Elaine M. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.
- Fomby, Paula, and Kelly Musick. 2018. "Mothers' Time, the Parenting Package, and Links to Healthy Child Development." Journal of Marriage and Family 80(1): 166-181.
- Fomby, Paula, and C. Osborne. 2017. "Family Instability, Multipartner Fertility, and Behavior in Middle Childhood." Journal of Marriage and Family 79(1): 75-93.
- Fomby, Paula, and S. Mollborn. 2017. "Ecological Instability and Children's Classroom Behavior in Kindergarten." Demography 54(5): 1627-1651.
- Dunifon, Rachel, Paula Fomby, and Kelly Musick. 2017. "Siblings and children's time use in the United States." Demographic Research 37: 1611-1624.
- Fomby, Paula, Joshua A. Goode, and Stefanie Mollborn. 2016. "Family Complexity, Siblings, and Children's Aggressive Behavior at School Entry." Demography 53(1): 1-26.
- Fomby, Paula, Narayan Sastry, and Katherine A. McGonagle. 2016. "Effectiveness of a Time-limited Incentive on Participation by Hard-to-reach Respondents in a Panel Study." Field Methods 29(3): 238-251.
- Fomby, Paula, Laurie James-Hawkins, and Stefanie Mollborn. 2015. "Family Resources in Two Generations and School Readiness Among Children of Teen Parents." Population Research and Policy Review 34(5): 733-759.
- Fomby, Paula, Patrick M. Krueger, and Nicole M. Wagner. 2014. "Age at Childbearing over Two Generations and Grandchildren's Cognitive Achievement." Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 35(March): 71-88.
- Mollborn, Stefanie, Laurie James-Hawkins, Elizabeth Lawrence, and Paula Fomby. 2014. "Health Lifestyles in Early Childhood." Journal of health and social behavior 55(4): 386-402.
- Mollborn, Stefanie, Elizabeth Lawrence, Laurie James-Hawkins, and Paula Fomby. 2014. "How Resource Dynamics Explain Accumulating Developmental and Health Disparities for Teen Parents' Children." Demography 51(4): 1199-1224.
- Mollborn, Stefanie, Elizabeth Lawrence, Laurie James-Hawkins, and Paula Fomby. 2014. "When do socioeconomic resources matter most in early childhood?" Advances in Life Course Research 20: 56-69.
- Fomby, Paula, and Stacey J. Bosick. 2013. "Family Instability and the Transition to Adulthood." Journal of Marriage and the Family 75(5): 1266-1287.
- Fomby, Paula, and Christie A. Sennott. 2013. "Family structure instability and mobility: The consequences for adolescents' problem behavior." Social science research 42(1): 186-201.
- Fomby, Paula. 2013. "Family Instability and College Enrollment and Completion." Population Research and Policy Review 32(4): 469-494.
- Cavanagh, Shannon E., and Paula Fomby. 2012. "Family Instability, School Context, and the Academic Careers of Adolescents." Sociology of Education 85(1): 81-97.
- Mollborn, Stefanie, Paula Fomby, and Jeff A. Dennis. 2012. "Extended household transitions, race/ethnicity, and early childhood cognitive outcomes." Social science research 41(5): 1152-1165.
- Chase-Lansdale, P. Lindsay, Andrew J. Cherlin, Katarina Guttmannova, Paula Fomby, David C. Ribar, and Rebekah Levine Coley. 2011. "Long-term implications of welfare reform for the development of adolescents and young adults." Children and Youth Services Review 33(5): 678-688.
- Fomby, Paula. 2011. "Changes in Family Structure." in Encyclopedia of Family Health, edited by Craft-Rosenberg, Martha, Pehler, Shelley-Rae. SAGE Publications, Inc.
- Fomby, Paula, and Angela Estacion. 2011. "Cohabitation and Children's Externalizing Behavior in Low-Income Latino Families." Journal of Marriage and the Family 73(1): 46-66.
- Mollborn, Stefanie, Paula Fomby, and JeffA Dennis. 2011. "Who Matters for Children's Early Development? Race/Ethnicity and Extended Household Structures in the United States." Child Indicators Research 4(3): 389-411.
- Fomby, Paula. 2011. "Family Instability and School Readiness in the United Kingdom." Family Science 2(3): 171-185.
- Fomby, Paula, Stefanie Mollborn, and Christie A. Sennott. 2010. "Race/Ethnic Differences in Effects of Family Instability on Adolescents' Risk Behavior." Journal of Marriage and the Family 72(2): 234-253.
- Fomby, Paula, and Cynthia Osborne. 2010. "The influence of union instability and union quality on children's aggressive behavior." Social science research 39(6): 912-924.
- Fomby, Paula, and Andrew J. Cherlin. 2007. "Family Instability and Child Well-Being." American Sociological Review 72(2): 181-204.
- Cherlin, Andrew, and Paula Fomby. 2005. "Data from a two-wave survey of low-income families in Boston, Chicago, and San Antonio are used to replicate recent reports of a modest increase in the number of low-income children living in two-adult families and to analyze the increase. We find that most of the increase occurred through the addition of a man other than the biological father to the household and that more of it occurred through cohabitation than through marriage. Moreover, across the two waves, cohabiting and marital unions were highly unstable. We review research on stepfamilies and on instability in children's living arrangements, and we conclude that the kinds of two-adult families being formed in these low-income central-city neighborhoods may not benefit children as much as policy-makers hope. In addition, we investigate the associations between marital and cohabiting transitions, on the one hand, and transitions into and out of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) receipt, employment, and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) usage between the two waves on the other. We find that marital transitions are related to TANF and employment transitions but that cohabiting transitions are not. We suggest that low-income mothers may view marriage as more of an economic partnership than cohabitation and may expect more of an economic contribution from a husband than from a cohabiting partner." Population Research and Policy Review 23(5): 543-565.
- Fomby, Paula. 2005. "Mexican Migrants And Their Parental Households In Mexico (The New Americans)." LFB Scholarly Publishing.
- Fomby, Paula, and Andrew J. Cherlin. 2004. "Public Assistance Use among U.S.-Born Children of Immigrants." International Migration Review 38(2): 584-610. The Center for Migration Studies of New York, Inc..
- PSC Researchers & Trainees presenting latest research findings at PAA 2019
- Paula Fomby to succeed Jennifer Barber as Associate Director of PSC
- Bailey, Eisenberg , and Fomby promoted at PSC
- Fomby interviewed on her work examining family structures and sibling relationships
- Fomby finds living with step- or half-siblings linked to higher aggression among 5 year olds
- Fomby says stepfathers/father figures less likely to invest in children than biological fathers in intact families