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Mark Eric Pettit

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

Graduate Research Assistant, Project F.R.E.E. Lead Navigator

Mark Pettit is a doctoral student and graduate research assistant.


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Bachelors of Science Major: Psychology; Minor: Family Studies University of North Alabama May 2017


Current research includes family life education and interpersonal relationships. This focus includes evaluation of Healthy Marriage and Relationship education Program (HMRE) evaluation, romantic relationships, coparenting relationships, parent-child relationships, and contempletive practices. Future research will indlcude fatherhood and further study of HMRE programs.


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Foundation Scholarship College of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Georgia 2019
Virginia Wilbanks Kilgore Scholarship College of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Georgia 2017
University of North Alabama Three Minute Thesis Winner University of North Alabama 2017
College of Arts and Sciences Three Minute Thesis Runner-up University of North Alabama 2017


Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
Journal of Couple & Relationship Reviewer 2109-Present Reviewing peer submitted manuscripts.
National Council on Family Relations Reviewer 2019-2020 Reviewing conference proposals.
Department of Human Development and Family Science, University of Georgia Reviewer 2019 Reviewing conference proposals.

Advisory Committee

Ted G. Futris

Geoffrey L. Brown

Steven M. Kogan

For the past three years I have contributed to the successful implementation of a federally funded project at UGA, Project F.R.E.E, that offered healthy relationship education programs to parents engaged in child welfare services. I played an instrumental role in participant recruitment and engagement, program implementation, and program evaluation and reporting. As well, during the summer of 2020 I also contributed to the preparation of a grant proposal to renew and expand the project for an additional five years. Upon graduating from the University of Georgia, my goal is to pursue a career in outreach as an Extension Specialist at a research-intensive land-grant university like UGA. As a current PhD student in Human Development and Family Science at UGA my training has primarily focused on translate science into community-based education programming that informs best practices for serving the community.

Job Description

Currently I work in the C.A.R.E. Lab as a Graduate Research Assistant. My primary roles are leading lab functions in a cluster of counties that are served by Project F.R.E.E. I also have been assisting in evaluating the program's effectiveness through fidelity coding and research projects. 

I also am a Graduate Teaching Assistant within the department of Human Development and Family Sciences with Dr. Landers-Potts. I have been assiting with HDFS 2200E, 2200H, 3700, and 4330

Journal Articles

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Pettit, M., Paulk, A., Hunt, A., Williams, Y., & Zayac. R. (2017). Rape myth acceptance and willingness to intervene: A comparison of Greek-affiliated and non-affiliated college students by gender. International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Articles, 9, Article 3.

Articles under Review

Richardson, E.W., Pettit, M., Futris, T. G., & Gale, J. (under review). Mindfulness and couple relationship outcomes of foster caregivers.

Articles in Prepartion

Richardson, E. W., Pettit, M. E., Futris, T. G., Dean, S., & Gale, J. (in preparation). The associations between trait mindfulness, relationship efficacy, and interparental relationship quality for child welfare-involved couples: A dyadic data analysis.

Pettit, M. E., Futris, T. G., Richardson, E. W., Brown, G. L., Kogan, S. M. (in preparation). Parenting well together: Testing the indirect effects of coparenting on parenting stress through the mediation of parenting self-efficacy for at-risk couples receiving child welfare services.

Richardson, E. W., Pettit, M. E., Futris, T. G., Gale, J., Mallette, J.K. (in preparation). Mindful to change: Foster caregiver couples' mindfulness as a moderator of change following couple relationship education.

Pettit, M. E., Futris, T. G., Richardson, E. W. (in preparation). The influence of relationship education on reducing parenting stress among single parent mothers engaged in child welfare services

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