Family & Community Services - Department Chair
Gerontology - Department Chair
Youth Development - Department Chair
Chris Proulx received her bachelor’s degree in a self-designed interdisciplinary program in women’s studies at Regis College in Weston, Mass. After a year away from school working at an organic farm and forestry center in Vermont, she went to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to study human development and family studies with an emphasis in adults’ close relationships and psychosocial well-being. She completed her doctorate in human development and family studies in 2006. For the next year, she was a postdoctoral fellow in human ecology at the University of Texas, and she began her academic career at the University of Missouri in 2007.
At MU, Proulx has taught several courses in family science, aging, and research methods, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has earned teaching and mentoring awards at the college and university level, and was granted fellowship status in the Gerontological Association of America in 2018.
Proulx's research program emphasizes the longitudinal and dyadic study of marital and family relations with an emphasis on a holistic approach to adult health and well-being. The substantive focus of her research concerns adults’ well-being and their close relationships. The two primary areas in which Proulx does her work are 1) the association between spouses’ marital quality and their personal well-being and 2) the well-being of adults within various roles adopted throughout adulthood. In both these areas, she takes a life span approach that acknowledges changing social, psychological, and physical contexts over the lifespan.
Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, 2006
M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, 2002
B.S. in Women's Studies, Regis College, 1999