Timothy Scott Killian
(DREX)-Director Experiment Station
(HES)-School of Human Environmental Sciences
Fax: (479) 575-7171
Research Interests: Aging with a particular interest in aging in families, in rural areas, and supports for aging-in-place. Recent research projects address geographic variabilities in aging trends and socio-emotional well-being of older persons interacting in Second Life, an immersive three-dimensional virtual environment.
Close Relationships in Families
Adolescence and Young Adulthood
HESC 1403 Lifespan Development ~ this is an undergraduate course wherein students examine physical, cognitive, and emotional development throughout the entire life course.
HESC 2463 Analytical Approaches to Research in HDFS II ~ this undergraduate course focuses on statistical methods used in human sciences research. Students gain the ability to understand and interpret statistical information and to conduct basic analyses.
HESC 3423 Adolescent Development ~ this undergraduate course focuses on developmental processes that begin with puberty and extend throughout the transition to adulthood.
HESC 5403 Family Theories and Methods ~ this graduate level course focuses on family theories and research methods used to study families. Emphases are on family diversity within and across cultures.
HESC 5423 Theories of Human Development ~ this graduate level course focuses on development across the lifespan. Classic and emerging theories are examined and students gain insight into the role of theory in research.
2001 Doctor of Philosophy
University of Missouri ~ Columbia
Dissertation: Normative Obligations to Provide Assistance to Older Persons
Advisor: Lawrence H. Ganong, Ph.D.
1995 Master of Arts
Advisor: Carla Waterman, Ph.D.
1992 Bachelor of Arts
Central Bible College
Refereed Journal Articles
Killian, T., Moon, Z., McNeill, C., Garrison, B., & Moxley, S. (in press). Older Adults: Emergency Preparedness of Persons Over 50 Years Old: Further Results from the Health and Retirement Study. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness.
Duncan, J., Lucier-Greer, M., & Killian, T. S. (in press). Leisure, relatedness, and ill-being among older adults in long-term care. Activities, Adaptation, and Aging.
O’Connor, M. L., Fuller-Iglesias, H., Bishop, A. J., Killian, T. S., Doll, G., Margrett, J., & Pearson-Scott, J. (2016). Engaging graduate-level distance learners in research: A collaborative investigation of rural aging. Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, 37(1), 29-42.
Buron, W., & Killian, T. S. (2014). Promoting personhood in men in nursing homes: The role of activity directors. Annals of Long-Term Care, 22(3), 10-25.
Killian, T. S., & Turner, M. J. (2014). Latent class typologies for emotional support among midlife and aging Americans: Evidence from the National Health and Human Nutrition Examination Study (NHANES). Journal of Adult Development, 31, 96-105.
Decoster, V., Killian, T. S., Roesller, R. T. (2013). Diabetes intrusiveness and wellness among elders: A test of the Illness Intrusiveness Model. Educational Gerontology, 39(6), 371-385.
Weintraub, A. P. C., & Killian, T. S. (2009). Physical well-being of adults in day services: The perceived impact of intergenerational programming. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 7(4), 355-370.
Xuewen, S., & Killian, T. S. (2009). Over time dynamics of monetary intergenerational exchanges. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 30(3), 268-281.
Weintraub, A. P. C., & Killian, T. S. (2007). Intergenerational programming: Older persons’ perceptions of its impact. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 26, 370-384.
Killian, T. S., Ferrel, J. (2005). Perceived Obligations of Remarried Households to Provide Financial Assistance to Younger Family Members. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 3, 23 – 43.
Killian, T. S., Turner, M. J., & Cain, R. (2005). Depressive symptoms among caregiving women in midlife. Journal of Women and Aging, 17, 115 – 128.
Killian, T. S. (2004). Intergenerational monetary transfers to adult children and stepchildren: A household level analysis. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 42, 105 - 130.
Turner, M. J., Killian, T. S., & Cain, R. (2004). Lifecourse transitions and depression among women in midlife. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 58, 241 – 265.
Killian, T. S., & Ganong, L., H. (2002). Ideology, context, and obligations to assist older persons. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 64, 1080 – 1088.
Pike, G. R., & Killian, T. S. (2001). Reported gains in student learning: Do disciplines make a difference? Research in Higher Education, 42, 429 - 454.
Coleman, M., Ganong, L., Killian, T. S., & McDaniel, A. K. (1999). Child support obligations: Attitudes and rationale. Journal of Family Issues, 20(1), 46-68.
Arnett, J. J., & Killian, T. S. (1998). Adolescents and the proposed tobacco settlement. The University of Toledo Law Review, 29(4), 653-665.
Coleman, M., Ganong, L., Killian, T. S., & McDaniel, A. K. (1998). Mom’s house? Dad’s house? Attitudes toward physical custody changes. Families in Society, 79, 112-122.
Ganong, L. H., Coleman, M., McDaniel, A. K., & Killian, T. S. (1998). Attitudes regarding obligations to assist an elderly parent or stepparent after later-life remarriage. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 60, 595-610.
Journal of Marriage and Families, Family Relations, Educational Gerontology, Health Behavior, The Gerontologist, International Journal of Human Development
Workshops and Certifications
Institute for Summer Research
University of Michigan
Completed One-Week Workshop
Examining the Health and Retirement Study
Certified Quality Matters Course Reviewer
2005. Assistance that Older Persons Received from Adult Children: Longitudinal Differences Across the Rural Continuum. United States Department of Agriculture, National Research Initiative. 3 Years. $252,000.