Ross D. Parke is Distinguished Professor of Psychology and director of the Center for Family Studies at the University of California, Riverside. He is a past President of Division 7, the Developmental Psychology Division, of the American Psychological Association, and in 1995 received the g. Stanley Hall Award from this APA division. Park was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1997. He is currently editor of the Journal of Family Psychology and has served as editor of Developmental Psychology and as associate editor of Child Development. Parke is author of Fatherhood; co-author of The Throwaway Father, with Armin Brott; and co-editor of Family-Peer Relationships: In Search of the Linkages, with Gary Ladd, Children in Time and Place, with Glen Elder and John Modell, and Exploring Family Relationships with other Social Contexts, with Sheppard Kellam. Parke's research has focused on early social relationships in infancy and childhood. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and is well known for his early work on the effects of punishment, aggression, and child abuse and for his work on the father's role in infancy and early childhood. His current work focuses on the link between family and peer social systems and on the impact of economic stress on families of diverse ethnic backgrounds.
Virginia Otis Locke has been a professional writer and editor for more than twenty years. She is an author of Introduction to Theories of Personality,, with Calvin Hall, Gardner Lindzey, John Loehlin, and Martin Manosevitz, and of several other books. Both while a senior development editor at Prentice Hall and as a freelance writer-editor, Locke has developed many books in the behavioral sciences. As writer-editor at Cornell Medical College/New York Hospital Medical Center, she also wrote and edited professional and lay articles in the field of cardiovascular medicine. Locke received her B.A. from Barnard College and earned her M.A. in the doctoral clinical psychology program at Duke University. For several years she was a staff psychologist at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Medical Center, New York City. Her biography is included in Who's Who in America and Who's Who of American Women. Locke is studying elementary education and plans to teach in the early grades.
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