Child and Adolescent Development

Joyce Munsch

Headshot of Dr. Joyce Munsch
Professor, PhD
Office location:
SQ 280-C


Dr. Munsch came to Cal State Northridge in Fall 2002 to become the founding chair of the new Department of Child and Adolescent Development. Dr. Munsch previously was a faculty member Human Development and Family Studies at Texas Tech University. While she was at Texas Tech, she served as Associate Dean for Research and co-directed the Texas Tech Early Head Start program, an early intervention program from infants from birth to age 3. She also administered three ongoing Community Youth Development grants that provided services to children and families in an economically-disadvantaged neighborhood in Lubbock, TX.

Dr. Munsch has administered the Jumpstart for Young Children program at Cal State Northridge for the past 4 years. Jumpstart hires college students who are eligible for work study and trains them to work in preschools that serve economically-disadvantaged children. The goal of Jumpstart is to get every child ready to succeed in school, and it works toward this goal through focusing on early literacy and school readiness skills. Jumpstart Northridge currently has 40 students in this program. In 2005, Dr. Munsch received the CSUN Visionary Community Service Learning Award in recognition of her "outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the betterment of students and the community through service learning."

Dr. Munsch's research focuses on adolescent social networks and how adolescents cope with stress in their lives, particularly the stress associated with school transitions. She also conducts research that examines adolescents' relationships with naturally-occurring mentors. Dr. Munsch has received over $2.9 million in externally-funded grants during her career. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Early Adolescence and is a reviewer for the Journal of Adolescent Research, the Journal of Marriage and the Family, the Journal of Research on Adolescence, and the Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal. She has 19 publications in peer-reviewed journals and dozens of presentations at both national and international meetings.

Dr. Munsch has been a member of the American Psychology Association, the Society for Research on Child Development, the Society for Research on Adolescence, the National Council on Family Relations, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development.

Recent publications include:

Aguayo, J., & Munsch. J. (in press). Program theory: A framework for collaborative measurement of service learning. In Realities, Reflections and Refinements in K-12 Service Learning Partnerships, F. Lazarus, J. St. Clair, J. Minier, & D. Keiser (Eds.) New York, NY: Anker Publishing.

Fischer, J. L., Pidcock, B. W., Munsch, J., & Forthun, L. (2005). Parental abusive drinking and sibling role differences. Alcohol Treatment Quarterly, 23(1), 79-97.

Apparala, M. L., Reifman, A. & Munsch, J. (2003) Cross-national comparison of attitudes toward fathers' and mothers' participation in household tasks and childcare. Sex Roles, 48(5-6), 189-203.

Reprinted in Lauer, R. L., & Lauer, J. C. (2004). Sociology: Windows on Society. Roxbury. Wampler, R. S., Munsch, J., & Adams, M. (2002). Ethnic differences in grade trajectories during the transition to junior high school. Journal of School Psychology, 40, 213- 237.

Pidcock, B. W., Fischer, J. L., & Munsch, J. (2001). Family, personality and social risk factors impacting the retention rates of first-year Hispanic and Anglo college students. Adolescence, 36, 803-818.