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Andrew Behnke

Associate Professor

Extension Specialist

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512 Brickhaven Drive 240J

919.515.9156

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Parent involvement in the educational and emotional lives of youth
  • Effectively serving and engaging diverse communities (e.g., military and Latino families)
  • Reducing youth risky behaviors and school dropout
  • Couple and Relationship Education

Andrew O. Behnke, Ph.D., is an associate professor of human development and an extension specialist. He has served the Latino community since 1995 in the realm of youth development and access to higher education. In 2007, Dr. Behnke and Cintia Aguilar developed the “Juntos” program to help Latino families come together to make higher education a reality for Latino youth (JuntosNC.org). He conducts outreach efforts and applied research on academic achievement among Latino youth, military family programs, parent involvement in academics, couple and relationship education, dropout prevention, and access to higher education. He has received funding for 16 projects in the last 7 years and has published 24 scholarly articles and multiple book chapters in the field. His life mission is helping Latino youth and their families access and thrive in higher education and beyond.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Parent involvement in the educational and emotional lives of youth
  • Effectively serving and engaging diverse communities (e.g., military and Latino families)
  • Reducing youth risky behaviors and school dropout
  • Couple and Relationship Education

BIOGRAPHY

Andrew O. Behnke, PhD, is an associate professor of human development and an extension specialist. He has served the Latino community since 1995 in the realm of youth development and access to higher education. In 2007, Dr. Behnke and Cintia Aguilar developed the Juntos Program to help Latino families come together to make higher education a reality for Latino youth (JuntosNC.org). He conducts outreach efforts and applied research on academic achievement among Latino youth, military family programming, parent involvement in academics, couple and relationship education, dropout prevention, and access to higher education. His life mission is helping Latino youth and their families access and thrive in higher education and beyond.

PROGRAMS AND INITIATIVES

  • Online information and resources to support healthy families (link)
  • The Juntos Program (link)

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Behnke, A. O., MacDermid, S. M., Coltrane, S. L., Parke, R. D., Widaman, K. F., & Duffy, S. A. (2008). Family cohesion in the lives of Mexican American and European American parents. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 70 (4), 1045-1059.
  • Plunkett, S. W., Behnke, A. O., Sands, T., & Choi, B. Y. (2009). Adolescents’ reports of parental engagement and academic achievement in immigrant families. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 38, 257-268.
  • Behnke, A. O., Gonzalez, L., & Cox, R. (2010). Latino students in new arrival states: Factors and services to prevent youth from dropping out. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 32 (3), 305-317.
  • Behnke, A.O., MacDermid, S. M., Anderson, J.C., & Weiss, H. M. (2010). Ethnic variations in the connection between work-induced family separation and turnover intent. Journal of Family Issues, 31, 626 – 655.
  • Behnke, A. O., & Kelly, C. (2011). A new breed of Latino parent involvement programs: Involving whole families. Journal of Extension, 49(1).
  • Herndon, M. C., Behnke, A.O., Navarro, M., Brown, J., & Storm, J. F.  (2013). Needs and Perceptions of Cooperative Extension Educators Serving Latino Populations in the South. Journal of Extension [On-line], 51(1).
  • Alexander, J., Cox, R., Behnke, A.O., & Larzelere, R. (2017). Is all parental non-involvement equal? Barriers to parental involvement and their relationship to Latino academic achievement. The Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 39(2), 323-335.

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