Steven M. Kogan

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

Athletic Association Professor of Human Development


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Ph.D. Child and Family Development University of Georgia May 1999


Dr. Kogan's areas of research include African American men's  substance use during emerging adulthood and evaluating family-centered alcohol prevention programs for rural African American youth. His research includes conducting randomized prevention trials and longitudinal studies of development.


  • Adolescent Development HDFS3700
  • Research Methods in HDFS8800
  • Prevention Science HDFS8950

Prior Professional Positions

Organization Title Years of Service
Human Development and Family Science, University of Georgia Associate Professor 4
Human Development and Family Science, University of Georgia Assistant Professor 4
Center for Family Research, University of Georgia Assistant Research Scientist 5
Valdosta State University Assistant Professor 3
University of Miami School of Medicine Postdoctoral Fellow 1.5


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Fellow Owens Institute of Behavioral Research 2008
Bill and June Flatt Outstanding Faculty Research Award College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2015
Creative Research Medal University of Georgia 2016
Creative Research Award University of Georgia 2020

Editorial Appointments

Position Name of Journal Year(s)
Editorial Board Member Archives of Sexual Behavior 2015- present
Editorial Board Member Journal of Adolescent Health 2020- present
Editorial Board Member American Education Research Journal 2020- present

Areas of Expertise

  1. Risk behavior among African American youth
  2. Family-centered prevention
  3. African American men's substance use, sexuality, and family formation

Current Research

My research addresses the public health need to prevent substance use and high-risk sexual behavior among African American youth, particularly those residing in resource-poor rural Southern environments. This research program involves identifying individual, family, and community factors that protect young people from high risk behavior and translating these findings into efficacious, ecologically appropriate interventions.Currently, I am collecting data on 500 rural African American young men as part of a prospective, 5 year study. This study will evaluate men’s romantic and sexual relationship patterns, how these patterns affect sexual risk behavior and family formation, and the intrapersonal and contextual factors that affect relationship development.My job is not only to conduct etiological research but also to translate these findings into programs that can achieve public health impact. I have contributed to the development of a suite of three, developmentally appropriate, family-centered interventions to prevent youth risk behavior.I recently began a project, funded by NIAAA that compares the effects of a series of developmentally timed “inoculations” of family centered prevention programming on youth alcohol use in comparison to single inoculations in early or mid-adolescence or no inoculations. 

Journal Articles

Selected Recent Articles

Kogan, S. M., & Bae, D. (in press). Racial discrimination, protective parenting, and binge drinking among emerging adult Black men. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

Cui, Z., Oshri, A., Liu, S., Smith, E. P., & Kogan, S. M. (in press). Child maltreatment and resilience: The promotive and protective role of future orientation. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

Kogan, S. M., Bae, D., Cho, J., Smith, A. K., & Nishitani, S. (in press). Pathways linking adverse environments to emerging adults’ substance abuse and depressive symptoms: A prospective analysis of rural African American men. Development and Psychopathology.

Brown, G. L., Kogan, S. M., & Cho, J. (in press). Pathways from childhood trauma and social instability to father involvement among rural, unmarried, African American fathers: Methylation of the Oxytocin Receptor Gene as a mediating mechanism. Developmental Psychology.

Bae, D., & Kogan, S. M. (2020). Romantic relationship trajectories among young African American men: The influence of adverse life contexts. J Fam Psychol. doi:10.1037/fam0000645

Kogan, S. M., *Bae, D., Lei, M.-K., & Brody, G. H. (2019). Family-centered alcohol use prevention for African American adolescents: A randomized clinical trial Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology, 87, 1085-1092. doi: 10.1037/ccp0000448.

Kogan, S. M., Getahune, S., & Walsh, S. D. (2019). Parent-youth relationships, racial discrimination, and delinquency among second-generation Ethiopian Israeli adolescents: Translational implications. Journal of Child and Family Studies. doi:10.1007/s10826-019-01639-7

Kogan, S. M., *Bae, D., Cho, J., Smith, A. K., & Nishitani, S. (2019). Childhood adversity, socioeconomic instability, oxytocin-receptor-gene methylation, and romantic relationship support among young African American men. Psychological Science, 956797619854735. doi:10.1177/0956797619854735

Oshri, A., *Hallowell, E., *Liu, S., MacKillop, J., Galvan, A., Kogan, S. M., & Sweet, L. H. (2019). Socioeconomic hardship and delayed reward discounting: Associations with working memory and emotional reactivity. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 37, 100642. doi:10.1016/j.dcn.2019.100642


Book Chapters:

Kogan, S. M. & Walsh, S. D. (in press). Using basic and applied research on risk and resilience to inform preventive interventions for immigrant youth. In D. G. DeBruyn and D. Strohmeier (Eds.), Contextualizing immigrant and refugee resilience: Cultural and acculturation perspectives. Springer.

Beach, S. R. H., et al. (2016). Molecular Genetics and Epigenetics in the Context of Family and Couple Problems. The Oxford Handbook of Relationship Science and Couple Interventions. E. Lawrence and K. T. Sullivan. New York, Oxford University Press: 39-50.

Brody, G. H., Kogan, S. M., & Grange, C. M. (2012). Translating Longitudinal, Developmental Research with Rural African American Families into Prevention Programs for Rural African American Youth. In V. Maholmes & R. B. King (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Poverty and Child Development London: Oxford University Press.

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