Abigail T. Stephan, Ph.D., CFLE
I earned my Ph.D. in Learning Sciences from the College of Education at Clemson University in South Carolina and became a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) through the National Council on Family Relations in 2022. My current professional appointment as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Clemson. I am also an affiliated faculty member at Clemson's Institute for Engaged Aging in Seneca, South Carolina.
Through my primary research interests, I explore intergenerational relationships in family, community, and educational contexts. More specifically, my current work examines the bond between non-adjacent, or skipped, generations within families, such as grandparents and their grandchildren, and how their relationship impacts learning and health outcomes for those involved.
I am also interested more broadly in development across the lifespan with an emphasis on healthy aging and older adulthood. Some areas I explore in this work include social, psychological, and emotional well-being as well as lifelong, self-directed, and non-formal learning.