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


Loren D. Marks
PhD, CFLE


Kathryn Norwood and Claude Fussell Alumni Professor and Program Director, Child & Family Studies


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 Marks holds the Kathryn Norwood and Claude Fussell Alumni Professorship in the LSU College of Human Sciences and Education where he teaches family studies classes and conducts research on family relationships. He currently serves as Program Director for Child and Family Studies in Louisiana State University’s School of Social Work. Marks received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from BYU, and his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware.  Since beginning his work at LSU in 2002, Dr. Marks has centered his research efforts on religion and families, and has published more than 70 articles or chapters, as well as the book Sacred Matters (with Wes Burr and Randy Day). He has also studied children’s outcomes in various family forms—and strong African American families.  His research has received national media attention from outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Times, The Boston Globe, and The Wall Street Journal.Loren was honored with college-level teaching awards in 2005, 2009, and 2013.  In 2011-2012, LSU nominated him for the national Carnegie (CASE) Professor of the Year Award—and nominated him again in 2014. He is Co-Director (with Dr. David Dollahite) of the American Families of Faith Project that includes about 200 Christian, Jewish, and Muslim families from all eight regions of the United States. Findings from this ongoing project have resulted in over 50 scholarly articles/chapters and two in progress books.

Selected Publications

Cherry, K. E., Nezat, P. F., Cacamo, A., Marks, L. D., Galea, S., & Sampson, V. (in press). Long-term psychological outcomes in older adults after disaster:  Relationships to religiosity and social support.  Aging and Mental Health

Goodman, M., Dollahite, D., & Marks, L. (in press). A modern Mormon
Approach to marriage and family.  Marriage & Family Review.

Marks, L. D., & Dollahite, D. C. (forthcoming). Religion and families: An introduction. New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis. [Book Manuscript].

Hatch, T., Cherry, K., Lu, Y., & Marks, L. (forthcoming).  On seeing silver linings six years after the 2005 Hurricanes Katrina and Rita:  Meaning making, positive    adaption, and psychological growth. In K. Cherry (ed.), Traumatic stress and    long-term recovery: Coping with disasters and other negative life events. New        York:  Springer.

Lu, Y., Marks, L., Cherry, K., & Hatch, T. (forthcoming).  Faith and coping:  Spiritual beliefs and religious practices after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In K. Cherry (ed.), Traumatic stress and long-term recovery: Coping with disasters and other negative life events. New York:  Springer.

Cherry, K., Lyon, B., Marks, L., & Hatch, T. (forthcoming).  Religion, coping, and aging in the aftermath of multiple disasters: Louisiana fishing families after four hurricanes and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In K. Cherry (ed.), Traumatic stress and long-term recovery: Coping with disasters and other negative life events. New York:  Springer.

Hatch, T., Cherry, K., & Marks, L. (forthcoming).  Loss, challenge,
chaos, and failure of systems:  The storm after the storm. In K. Cherry
(ed.), Traumatic stress and long-term recovery: Coping with disasters
and other negative life events. New York:  Springer.

Kytola, K. L., Cherry, K. E., Marks, L. D., & Hatch, T. G. (forthcoming).  When neighborhoods are destroyed by disaster:  Relocate or return and rebuild?  In K. E. Cherry (ed.), Traumatic stress and long-term recovery: Coping with disasters and other negative life events. New York:  Springer.

Apavaloaie, L., Page, T. F., & Marks, L. D. (2014).  Romanian children’s representations of negative and self-conscious emotions in a narrative story stem technique. Europe's Journal of Psychology, 10, 318-335.

Alghafli, Z., Hatch, T., Marks, L. (2014).  Religion and relationships in Muslim families:  A qualitative examination of devout married Muslim couples. Religions, 5, 814-833.

Goodman, M., Dollahite, D., Marks, L., & Layton, E.  (2013). Religious faith and transformational processes in marriage. Family Relations, 62, 808-823.

Cherry, K. E., Marks, L. D., Benedetto, T., Sullivan, M. C., & Barker, A. (2013). Perceptions of longevity and successful aging in very old adults.  Journal of Religion, Spirituality, and Aging, 25, 288-310.

Lu, Y., Marks, L. D., Nesteruk, O., Goodman, M., & Apavaloaie, L. (2013). Faith, conversion, and challenge: A qualitative study of Chinese immigrant Christian marriages. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 44, 227-247.

Marks, L. D., Hopkins, K., Nesteruk, O., Chaney, C., & Baumgartner, J. (2012). A qualitative exploration of why faith matters in African-American marriages and families.  Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 43, 695-714.

Cherry, K. E., Brown, J. S, Marks, L. D., Galea, S., Volaufova , J., Lefante, C., Su, L. J., Welsh, D. A., Jazwinski, S. M., (2012). 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, 16, 187-211.

Phillips, T. M., Wilmoth, J. D., & Marks, L. D. (2012). Challenges and
conflicts…strengths and supports:  A study of enduring African American marriages. Journal of Black Studies, 43, 936-952.

Lu, Y., Marks, L. D., & Apavaloiae, L. (2012). Chinese immigrant families and Christian faith community:  A qualitative study.  Family and Consumer Science Research Journal, 41, 118-130.

Marks, L. (2012).  Same-sex parenting and children’s outcomes:  A closer examination of the American Psychological Association’s Brief on Lesbian and Gay Parenting.  Social Science Research, 41, 735-751.

Marks, L. (2012).  “We see what we seek”:  Responses to the reviews of Amato, Eggebeen, and Osborne. Social Science Research, 41, 784-785.

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

Dollahite, D. C., & Marks, L. D. (2012).  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.

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.

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.

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”:  Married African American fathers staying the course. 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.

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.

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.

Links

https://americanfamiliesoffaith.byu.edu/Pages/home.aspx

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