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Willa Cather Professor and Graduate Chair Sociology kim@ktresearch.net (402) 472-6073 717 Oldfather Hall

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Current Research

My research interests include child abuse, sexual victimization, HIV risk behaviors, social networks, and dating violence and substance use. I recently completed a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse that studied primary and secondary stressors, their association with substance use, and how secondary stressors and protective social resources co-vary with alcohol and drug use. For this project we used ecological momentary assessment (EMA) via short message service surveying (SMS) with homeless youth and young adults to collect daily data in addition to survey data. Currently, I am working on a paper that examines how different sleeping arrangements of homeless youth are linked to physical and sexual street victimization. Another project looks at daily depression, drinking, and marijuana use using SMS. Other current work identifies clusters of homeless youth based on their exposure to different forms of child abuse and street victimization, the factors that distinguish each cluster, and how these unique clusters are related to youths’ mental health.

Student Opportunities

I am seeking graduate or undergraduate students who are interested in working in the areas of family violence, dating violence, victimization, and/or substance use. Students can gain opportunities to work on papers for publication.

Current Teaching

I teach the Contemporary Family Issues course (SOCI 325), our capstone course, Senior Seminar (SOCI 425) and our Graduate Seminar in Professional Development (SOCI 995B).

Selected Publications

 Tyler, Kimberly A., and Rachel M. Schmitz. (2018). “Bullying at School and on the Street: Risk Factors and Outcomes among Homeless Youth.” Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Published Online August 24, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260518794024

Tyler, Kimberly A., Kristen Olson, and *Colleen M. Ray. (2018). “Understanding the Link between Victimization and Alcohol Use among Homeless Youth Using an Ecological Momentary Assessment.” Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World 4:1-7. Published Online June 6,2018. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2378023118779832

Tyler, Kimberly A. and Kristen Olson. (2018). "Examining the Feasibility of Ecological Momentary Assessment Using Short Message Service Surveying with Homeless Youth: Lessons Learned." Field Methods 30(2):91-104. Published Online First April 16, 2018.

Tyler, Kimberly A., and Rachel M. Schmitz. (2018). “Childhood Disadvantage, Social and Psychological Stress, and Substance Use among Homeless Youth: A Life Stress Framework.” Youth & Society.  Published Online First March 29, 2018.

Tyler, Kimberly A., Rachel M. Schmitz, *Colleen M. Ray, and Leslie Gordon Simons. (2017). "The Role of Entitlement, Self-Control, and Risk Behaviors on Dating Violence Perpetration." Violence & Victims 32(6):1079-1095. 

*Indicates graduate student co-author

Other Information

I am currently the Graduate Chair in Sociology, serve as a member on the University of Nebraska’s Professorship Committee, and I am Associate Editor for The Sociological Quarterly.

Ph.D. Iowa State University

Areas of Specialization:

  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Victimization
  • Mental Health
  • HIV Risk Behaviors
  • Homeless and High-Risk Youth
  • Dating Violence and Substance Use