Louisiana State University College of Human Sciences and Education Website
Faculty Member of the School of Social Work


Loren D. Marks
PhD, CFLE


Professor
Kathryn Norwood and Claude Fussell Alumni Professor
Child and Family Studies Division Coordinator


325 Huey P. Long Field House
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: 225-578-0433
lorenm@lsu.edu

Education

PhD, Family Studies, University of Delaware, 2002
MS, Family Science and Human Development, Brigham Young University, 1999
BS, Family Science, Brigham Young University, 1997

Brief Biography

Loren D. Marks, PhD, CFLE, holds the Kathryn Norwood and Claude Fussell Alumni Professorship in the College of Human Sciences and Education and is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work. Marks completed his PhD in Family Studies at the University of Delaware and received his undergraduate and MS degrees in Family Science and Human Development from Brigham Young University. Since beginning his career at LSU in 2002, Dr. Marks has centered his research efforts on The American Families of Faith Project, a national qualitative study of more than 200 families. He has authored about 60 publications on family life, including work that has received national media attention from diverse outlets including The Washington Times and Black Entertainment Television (BET.com). He has been named an LSU Rainmaker (Top 100 LSU Research Faculty), Sedberry Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher in the LSU College of Agriculture, and was nominated as a U.S. Professor of the Year.

Selected Publications (2009 to present only)

Marks, L. D., Hopkins, K., Nesteruk, O., Chaney, C., & Baumgartner, J. (in press). A qualitative exploration of why faith matters in African-American marriages and families. Journal of Comparative Family Studies.

Cherry, K. E., Brown, J. S, Marks, L. D., Galea, S., Volaufova , J., Lefante, C., Su, L. J., Welsh, D. A., Jazwinski, S. M., (in press). Longitudinal assessment of cognitive and psychosocial functioning after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Exploring disaster impact on middle-aged, older, and oldest-old adults. Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research.

Burr, W. R., Marks, L. D., & Day, R. (2012). Sacred matters: Religion and spirituality in families. New York: Routledge. [Book manuscript]

Marks, L. D., Dollahite, D. C., & Barker, K. (2012). “Don’t forget home”: The importance of sacred ritual in families. In J. Hoffman (Ed.), Understanding religious rituals (pp. 186-203). New York:  Routledge.

Brown, T., Lu, Y., Marks, L. D., & Dollahite, D. C. (2011).  Meaning making across three dimensions of religious experience: A qualitative exploration. Counselling and Spirituality, 30, 11-36.

Dollahite, D. C., & Marks, L. D. (2011).  Mormon American families. In R. Wright, C. H. Mindel, R. W. Habenstein, & T. Van Tran (Eds.) Ethnic families in America: Patterns and Variations, 5th Ed. (pp. 461-486). Upper Saddle Hall, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Nesteruk, O., & Marks, L. D. (2011). Parenting in immigration: Experiences of mothers and fathers from Eastern Europe raising children in the United States. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 42, 809-826.

Laird, R., Marks, L. D., & Marrero, M. (2011). Religiosity, self-control, and antisocial behavior: Religiosity as a promotive and protective factor.  Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 32, 78-85.

Marks, L. D., & Dollahite, D. C. (2011). Mining the meanings from psychology of religion’s correlation mountain. Journal of Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 3, 181-193.

Sasser, D. D., Robinson, L. C., & Marks, L. D. (2011). LSU AgCenter: Extension-based parenting program successful. Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences, 103, 61-62.

Marks, L. D., Dollahite, D. C., & Freeman, J. J. (2011). Faith and prayer in family life. In T. W. Draper, A. J. Hawkins, & D. C. Dollahite (Eds.), Strengthening our families (2nd ed.), (pp. 185-195). Provo, UT: BYU.

Marks, L. D. (2011). “We have choices within our situation”: The Story of Biarnetta Bell. LSU AgCenter State Newsletter, 6, 14-15.

Lu, Y., Marks, L. D., & Baumgartner, J. (2011). “The compass of our life”:  A qualitative study of marriage and faith among Chinese immigrants. Marriage & Family Review, 47, 125-148.

Tausch, C., Marks, L. D., Brown, J. S., Cherry, K. E., Frias, T., McWilliams, Z., Melancon, M., & Sasser, D. (2011). Religion and coping in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita:  Qualitative themes from the Louisiana Healthy Aging Study. Journal of Religion, Spirituality, and Aging, 23, 236-253.

Laird, R. D., Marrero, M. D., & Marks, L. D. (2010). Adolescent religiosity as a protective factor for delinquency: Review of evidence and a conceptual framework for future research. In O. Sahin & J. Maier (Eds.), Delinquency: Causes, reduction, and prevention (pp. 157-176). Hauppage, NY: Nova Science.

Marks, L. D., Dollahite, D. C., & Baumgartner, J. (2010). “In God we trust”: Perspectives on finances, family relationships, and faith. Family Relations, 59, 439-452.

Lambert, N. M., Fincham, F. D., Marks, L. D., & Stillman, T. F. (2010). Invocations and intoxication: Does prayer decrease alcohol consumption? Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 24, 209-219.

Marks, L. D., Hopkins, K., Chaney, C., Nesteruk, O., & Sasser, D. (2010). “My kids and wife have been my life”:  A qualitative study of married African-American fathers. In R. Coles & C. Green (Eds.), The myth of the missing black father (pp. 19-46). New York: Columbia University.

Holmes, E. K., Baumgartner, J., Marks, L. D., Palkovitz, R., & Nesteruk, O. (2010). Contemporary contradictions and challenges facing married fathers and mothers. In K. S. Pearlman (Ed.), Marriage: Roles, stability, and conflict. Hauppage, NY: Nova Science.

Brown, J. S., Cherry, K. E., Marks, L. D., Volaufova, J., Lefante, C., & Jazwinski, S. M. (2010). After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Gender differences in physical function and psychological well-being in middle-aged and older adults. Health Care for Women International, 31, 997-1012.

Chaney, C., Marks, L. D., Sasser, D. D., & Hopkins, K. (2010). “Train up a child in the way…”: A qualitative study of how the Black church influences parents. International Journal of Religion and Society, 1, (2-3). [Published simultaneously In J. K. Quinn & I. G. Zambini (Eds.), Family Relations: 21st century issues and challenges (pp. 151-167). Hauppage, NY: Nova Science.]

Marks, L. D., Dollahite, D. C., & Dew, J. (2009). Enhancing cultural competence in financial counseling and planning: Understanding why families make religious contributions. Financial Counseling and Planning, 20, 14-26.

Nesteruk, O., & Marks, L. D. (2009). Grandparents across the ocean: Eastern European immigrants’ struggle to maintain intergenerational relationships. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 40, 77-95.

Marks, L. D., Cherry, K., & Silva, J. (2009). Faith, crisis, coping, and meaning making after Katrina:  A qualitative, cross-cohort examination. In K. Cherry (ed.), Lifespan Perspectives on Natural Disasters:  Coping with Katrina, Rita and other Storms (pp. 195-215). New York: Springer.

Dollahite, D. C., & Marks, L. D. (2009). A conceptual model of processes in a diverse, national sample of highly religious families. Review of Religious Research, 50, 373-391.

Silva, J., Marks, L. D., & Cherry, K. (2009). The psychology behind helping and prosocial behaviors:  An examination from intention to action in an adult population. In K. Cherry (ed.), Lifespan Perspectives on Natural Disasters:  Coping with Katrina, Rita and other Storms (pp. 219-240). New York: Springer.

Nesteruk, O., Marks, L. D., & Garrison, M. E. (2009). Immigrant parents’ concerns regarding their children’s education in the U.S.  Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, 37, 422-441.

Selected Presentations (2009 to present only)

Marks, L. D., Burr, W. R.,  & Day, R. (November, 2011). Metatheoretical issues and controversies: Beyond the 2005 sourcebook. Paper presented at the Theory Construction and Research Methodology Workshop of the National Council on Family Relations, Orlando, FL.

Marks, L., Dollahite, D., & Lawrence, F. (November, 2011). “In God we trust”:  Perspectives on finances, family relationships, and faith. Poster presented at the National Council on Family Relations, Orlando, FL.

Goodman, M., Dollahite, D., & Marks, L. (May, 2011). A modern Mormon approach to marriage and family.  Paper presented at Christian Scholars Conference, Pepperdine University.

Lu, Y., & Marks, L. D. (March, 2011). Chinese Christian immigrants:  A qualitative study of faith and marriage.  Presented at the South Eastern Council on Family Relations, Birmingham, AL.

Forest, P., Presley, R., Fontenot, P., Garrison, M. E. B., Marks, L. D., & Cherry, K. (February, 2011). Spiritual and secular coping strategies influence post-Katrina resilience.  Life Course and Aging Center Conference, Baton Rouge, LA.

Brown, J. S., Cherry, K. E., Marks, L. D., Jackson, E. M., Volaufova, J., Lefante, C., & Jazwinski, S. M. (November, 2010). Health-related quality of life after hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  Presented at the Gerontological Society of America Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Burr, W. R., Marks, L. D., Day, R. D. (November, 2010). The sacred in families:  Ways religion helps and harms families.  Presented at the National Council on Family Relations, Minneapolis, MN.

Marks, L. D., & Dollahite, D. C. (November, 2010). The meanings behind the religion-marriage connection:  Qualitative reports from a diverse U.S. sample.  Presented at the National Council on Family Relations, Minneapolis, MN.

Marks, L. D., Sasser, D., & Robinson, L. (February, 2010). A qualitative report on the Parents Preparing for Success Program (PPSP):  Challenges, struggles, and successes. Presented at the International Conference on Parenting Education, Denton, TX.

Marks, L. D., Lawrence, F., & Dollahite, D. C. (November, 2009). Understanding why families make religious contributions. Presented at the AFCPE Conference, Phoenix, AZ.

Lu, Y., & Marks, L. D. (November, 2009). The influence of religion on Chinese Christian immigrants:  A qualitative study of marriage. Presented at the National
Council on Family Relations, San Francisco, CA.

Lambert, N., Fincham, F., & Marks, L. (June, 2009). Does talking to God make people less inclined to drink?: The association between prayer and alcohol consumption. World Congress on Positive Psychology. Philadelphia, PA.

Laird, R., Marrero, M., & Marks, L. (April, 2009). Does opportunity, propensity, or proximity account for the association between religiosity and behavior problems? Paper presented at the Society for Research on Child Development, Denver, CO.

Selected Grants/Funded Projects (2009 to present only)

Cherry, K., Garrison, M. E. B., & Marks, L. D.  (2010). Coping with Natural and Technological Disasters: Human Adaptive Capacities after Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.  British Petroleum Exploration & Production, $150,000.

Marks, L. D. (2010). Families and Faith: A Qualitative Study of a Diverse U.S. Sample of Religious Families. Kappa Omicron Nu National Alumni Research Grant, $2,000.

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