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Kevin Roy

Professor, Family Science

Kevin Roy, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Family Science at the University of Maryland College Park School of Public Health. He is recognized as an expert in the field of fatherhood research, with two decades of experience working with low-income families and community-based parenting programs.  His research focuses on the life course of young men on the margins of kin networks and the workforce, as they transition into adulthood and fatherhood. 


SPH | Room 1142T

(301) 405-6348

Areas of Interest

Core Faculty

Men in families; Masculinities; Mental health and trauma; Social policy (migration, incarceration, health & parenting); Qualitative methods

Through participant observation and life history interviews, Dr. Kevin Roy explores men's health equity and disparities (specifically trauma), masculinities, and policy systems, such as migration, incarceration, and community-based parenting programs. He has received funding for his research from NICHD, the W.T. Grant Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the National Poverty Center. Roy served as a deputy editor for the Journal of Marriage and Family and has published over 50 articles and chapters, in this journal as well as Social Problems, American Journal of Community Psychology, Journal of Family Theory and ReviewFamily Relations, and Pediatrics.

He is a current editor for the new Sourcebook on family theories and methodologies: A dynamic approach (2022).  His book Nurturing dads:  Social initiatives for contemporary fathering in the ASA Rose Series was published by Russell Sage Foundation Press in 2012.  He received degrees in Human Development & Social Policy at Northwestern University (PhD 1999, MS, 1995) and in International Affairs with a focus on Soviet Studies at Georgetown University (BSFS, 1988). 

Post Doctoral Fellowship, Welfare Children and Families Three City Study, 2000

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

PhD, Human Development and Social Policy, 1999 

Northwestern University

MS, Human Development and Social Policy, 1995 

Northwestern University

BSFS, International Relations, 1988

Georgetown University

FMSC 190 Man up?  Masculinities, fathering, health & inequality

FMSC 381 Family inequality

FMSC 601 Doctoral seminar in process of inquiry

FMSC 780 Qualitative methods in family and health research

FMSC 810 Theory in families and health

Faculty Fellow, Carillon Community, University of Maryland College Park, 2022-present

Cognella Innovation in Teaching Award for Family Science, 2022

Member, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health, Gamma Zeta chapter, 2021-present

Nomination, Delta Omega Award for Curriculum Innovation, American Public Health Association, 2018

Mentor for Dr. Erica Coates, member of inaugural cohort of President's Postdoctoral Fellows (2017-2018)

Center for Teaching Excellence, Faculty Lilly Fellowship, University of Maryland, 2011-2012

Nominee, Award for Best Research Article, Men in Families section, National Council on Family Relations, 2009 and 2013

Chair, Theory Construction and Research Methods Workshop, National Council on Family Relations, 2010

The Research and Development Award, School of Public Health, University of Maryland, 2009

Nominee, Reuben Hill Award for Best Research Article, Research and Theory section, National Council on Family Relations, 2007

Top 20 Article, Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research, 2004 and 2005

Leda Amick Wilson Mentoring Award, College of Health and Human Performance, University of Maryland, 2006

Ronald McNair Mentor of the Year Award, University of Maryland, College Park, Summer 2005 and 2007

Post Doctoral Research Associate, Welfare, Children and Families: The Three City Study Ethnography


Roy, K., & Allen, S.  (2022).  Men, families, and the reconceptualization of masculinities. Journal of Family Theory and Review. DOI:10.1111/jftr.12441

Roy, K., & Settersten, R.  (2022).  Family life course theory in the new millennium:  Perspectives on interdependence and inequality.   In K. Adamsons, A. Few-Demo, C. Proulx, & K. Roy (Eds.) Sourcebook of family theories and methodologies (pp. 287-307).  New York:  Springer.

Roy, K., & Yumiseva, M.  (2021).  Family separation and transnational fathering practices for immigrant Northern Triangle families.   Journal of Family Theory and Review

Feinberg, M., Hotez, E., Roy, K., Berge, J., Ledford, C., Lewin, A., Perez-Brena, N., & Childress, S. (2021).  Family health development:  A theoretical framework. Special supplement.  Pediatrics

Roy, K., & Smith Lee, J. (2020). Ghosting in safe relational space:  Young Black men and the search for residence.  Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology.

Lewin, A., & Roy, K.  (2020).  Securing educational equity:  Learning from the lived experiences of Black, Latino, and low-income families during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.  Black and Brown Coalition for Educational Equity and Excellence.  

Jones, M.M., & Roy, K.  (2017). Placing health trajectories in family and historical context:  A proposed enrichment of the life course health and development model.  Maternal and Child Health Journal.

Roy, K., Zvonkovic, A., Sharp, E., Goldberg, A., & LaRossa, R. (2015). Sampling richness and qualitative integrity: Challenges for research with families. Journal of Marriage and Family, 77, 244-261.

Roy, K., Messina, L., Smith, J., & Waters, D. (2014). Growing up as “man of the house”:  Adultification and transition into adulthood for young men in economically disadvantaged families. In K. Roy & N. Jones (Eds.), Pathways to adulthood for disconnected young men in low-income communitiesNew Directions in Child and Adolescent Development, 143, 55–72.

Marsiglio, W., & Roy, K.  (2012).   Nurturing dads:  Social initiatives for contemporary fatherhood. ASA Rose Series. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

Roy, K., & Dyson, O. (2010). Making daddies into fathers: Community-based fatherhood programs and the construction of masculinity for low-income African American menAmerican Journal of Community Psychology, 45, 139-154.

Roy, K. & Burton, L. (2007). Mothering through recruitment: Kinscription of non-residential fathers and father figures in low-income familiesFamily Relations, 56, 24-39.

Maruna, S., & Roy, K. (2007). Amputation or restorative surgery? Notes on the concept of “knifing off” and desistance from crime. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 23, 104-124.