Nancy Darling Ph.D.

Nancy Darling, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at Oberlin College and founder of, an app supporting adolescents living with chronic pain and their families. For the past 30 years, she has studied how adolescents shape and are shaped by their social relationships. She has authored more than 60 scientific papers on teens' relationships with parents, friends, romantic partners, and unrelated adults and has studied families in the U.S. and in Chile, the Philippines, Italy,  Sweden, Uganda, and Japan.  She has presented hundreds of papers at scientific conferences and served on the Executive Council of the Society for Research on Adolescence.  Her current work focuses on how, why, and when adolescents lie to their parents, when it matters, and how parents can help shape better relationships with their kids and keep them out of trouble.  She also has a strong focus on scientific methodology and computational modeling.

She is the founder of 1step2life, an app that supports people living with chronic pain and their caregivers.

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Thinking About Kids

Thinking About Kids is a place to explore thoughts about families, kids, parenting, and the wonderful puzzle that is scientific psychology.  Unlike my other professional writings, I use this blog to ponder about life in general and science in particular from my perspectives as developmental researcher, as a mother, as a wife, as a citizen, and as a statistics teacher.   These are my own thoughts and do not reflect the positions of my department or institution.  

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