Office: 2092C JFSB
Phone: 801-422-5435
Erin Holmes, Associate Professor

Department: Family Life


Dr. Holmes’ research focuses on a systemic ecological approach to fathering and mothering, including not only processes inside families that influence parents (such as marital relationships, coparenting, or parental wellbeing), but also processes outside of families that influence parents (such as employment). In 2011, Dr Holmes won the National Council on Family Relations Best Article on Men in Families by a New Professional Award for her work in this area.


  • Ph. D., The University of Texas at Austin, 2006
  • M. S., University of Delaware, 2001
  • B. S., Honors with Thesis, Brigham Young University, 1998


  • NCFR Men-in-Families Best Research Article by a New Professional, National Council on Family Relations, 2011
  • Mary Ellen Durrett Endowed Scholarship in Child Development, The University of Texas at Austin, 2006
  • University Continuing Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin, 2005
  • Amy Rextrew Award for Outstanding Graduate Student, College of Human Services, Education, and Public Policy, University of Delaware, 2001
  • Dean's Executive Scholarship, College of Natural Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin, 2001

Selected Publications

  • *Galovan, A. M., Holmes, E. K., Schramm, D. G., and Lee, T. R. (in press). Father involvement and family work: Influences on husbands’ and wives’ marital quality. Journal of Family Issues.
  • Holmes, E. K., *Dunn, K. C., Harper, J. M., Dyer, W. J., and Day, R. D. (in press). Mother knows best? Inhibitory maternal gatekeeping, psychological control, and the mother-adolescent relationship. Journal of Adolescence.
  • Holmes, E. K., Cowan, P. A., Cowan, C. P., and Hawkins, A. J. (2012). A call for greater integration of marriage, fatherhood, and parenting programming. In N. Cabrera and C S. Tamis-LeMonda (Eds.), Handbook of Father Involvement: Multidisciplinary Perspectives (2nd Edition). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Holmes, E. K., Erickson, J. J., and Hill, E. J. (2012). Doing what she thinks is best: Maternal psychological wellbeing and attaining desired work situations. Human Relations, 65(4), 501-522
  • Holmes, E. K., Huston, T. L., Vangelisti, A., and *Guinn, T. (2012). On becoming parents. In A. Vangelisti (Ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Family Communication. New York: Routledge.
  • Hill, E. J., Erickson, J. J., Holmes, E. K., and Ferris, M. (2010). Workplace flexibility, work hours, and work-life conflict: Finding an extra day or two. Journal of Family Psychology, 24(3), 349-358
  • Holmes, E. K., *Galovan, A. M., *Yoshida, K., and Hawkins, A.J. (2010). Meta-analysis of the effectiveness of resident fathering programs: Are family life educators interested in fathers? Family Relations, 59(3), 240-252
  • Holmes, E. K., and Huston, A. C. (2010). Understanding positive father-child interaction: Children’s, fathers’, and mothers’ contributions.Fathering: A Journal of Research, Theory, and Practice About Men As Fathers, 8(2), 203-225
  • Hawkins, A. J., Lovejoy, K. R., Holmes, E. K., *Blanchard, V. L., and *Fawcett, E. B. (2008). Increasing fathers’ involvement in childcare with a couple-focused intervention during the transition to parenthood. Family Relations, 57, 49-59