Program Director

Kalmanovitz Hall 313 and 332

Allison Thorson is a Professor of Communication Studies, Chair of the Department of Communication Studies, Director of the Interdisciplinary Committee on Children and Youth, and Director of the Child and Youth Studies Minor at University of San Francisco. Her research focuses on how individuals and families communicatively manage and maintain individual/relational well-being in the context of — often deemed taboo — unexpected, hurtful, or non-normative events (e.g., family communication...

  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, PhD Communication Studies, 2009
  • Missouri State University, MA Communication and Mass Media, 2001
  • University of Northern Iowa, BA in Communication / Public Relations...

Full-Time Faculty

Kalmanovitz Hall 342

Eve-Anne Doohan joined the faculty at USF in 2004. She studies the communication of married couples, with a particular interest in relational history narratives and their connection to marital and individual outcomes. She is also interested in beliefs people have about marriage. Her current research focuses on how married couples make the decision to have children. Her work has been published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Family Communication, and the Western Journal of...

  • University of Washington, PhD/MA in Speech Communication
  • Gonzaga University, BA in Communication Arts
Kalmanovitz Hall G43

Professor Ruff received a Master in Education, a Master in Couples and Family Therapy, and a doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies. She worked in Solano County at a nonprofit clinic as a Program Supervisor and Lead Clinician, at A Home Within as Program Director, and in private practice -- all focused on the treatment of adolescents and maltreated youth.

Saralyn’s research agenda is largely rooted in her clinical experiences, focused on mental health interventions for maltreated...

  • Purdue University, PhD Human Development, 2012
  • University of Oregon, MEd, Couple and Family Therapy, 2006
  • University of Oregon, MEd, 2003
Harney Science Center 126B

Shannon Siegel teaches courses in the areas of growth, maturation, motor development, and measurement. She researches methods to get and keep youth physically active; much of her current research involves teaching inactive and/or overweight youth to rock climb. Professor Siegel is an active member of both ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) and NASPEM (North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine). In addition, she is a section editor for the International Journal of Exercise...

  • Michigan State University, PhD, 1999
  • The University of Texas, Austin, MA, 1995
  • UC Santa Cruz, BA, 1989
  • Kinesiology
  • Growth, maturation, and motor development