College of Education and Human Development

Family Social Science

Lindsey Weiler

  • Pronouns: she/her/hers

  • Associate Professor and Department Honors Faculty Representative

Lindsey Weiler

Areas of interest

Children/Adolescent Mental Health
Adverse Childhood Experiences
Prevention Science
Community Psychology

I am accepting new advisees for fall 2024 in the MA, PhD, and MA/PhD programs.


Ph.D., Applied Developmental Science, Colorado State University
M.S., Human Development & Family Studies, Marriage & Family Therapy, Colorado State University
B.A., Psychology, Concordia University – Saint Paul


Advising statement

Dr. Weiler's research focuses on developing and testing interventions for children and families. The goal of this research is to identify effective strategies for fostering positive child development and healthy family functioning. Her research focuses on leveraging relationships and social capital to promote positive mental health and psychosocial outcomes. Her research has contributed to the growing science of relational preventive interventions, including the establishment and testing of innovative trauma-informed program models specified for children exposed to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs; NIDA/NIMH). Dr. Weiler is a recognized expert in community-based research and a member of the Research Board of the National Mentoring Resource Center (NIJ/OJJDP). Her work has been highlighted and disseminated locally, nationally, and globally.

Learn more at the Weiler Lab site.


Hambrick, E., *Lee, S-K., Weiler, L. M., Collins, J. O., Rhodes, T., & Taussig, H. (2022). Engagement in a preventive intervention for preadolescent children in foster care: Considerations for intervention design.  Child Psychiatry & Human Development. doi:10.1007/s10578-022-01341-8

Deane, K. L., Boat, A. A., Haddock, S. A., Henry, K. L., Zimmerman, T. S., & **Weiler, L. M. (2022). The comparative roles of mentor self-efficacy and empathy in fostering relationship quality with youth. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 51, 805-819. doi: 10.1007/s10964-022-01584-7

Gunty, K., Weiler, L. M., Keyzers, A., & Hudock, R. (2022). Assessing need and acceptability of a youth mentoring intervention for adolescents with autism by adults with autism. Developmental Disabilities Network Journal, 2, 15-25.

Weiler, L. M., *Goerdt, A. K., *Kremer, K. B., Goldberg, E., & Hudock, R. L. (2022). Social validity and preliminary outcomes of a mentoring intervention for adolescents and adults with autism. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities.  doi:10.1177/10883576211073687

*Hunt, Q. A., Krauthamer Ewing, E. S., Weiler, L. M., Ogbaselase, F. A., Mendenhall, T., McGuire, J. K., Monet, M., Kobak, R., & Diamond, G. S. (2021). Family relationships and the interpersonal theory of suicide in a clinically suicidal sample of adolescents. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. doi: 10.111/jmft.12549

Weiler, L M., *Lee, S-K., *Zhang, J., Ausherbauer, K., Schwartz, S., Kanchewa, S., & Taussig, H. (2021). Mentoring children in foster care: Examining relationship histories as moderators of intervention impact on children’s mental health and trauma symptoms. American Journal of Community Psychology, 69, 100-113. doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12549

*Burningham, K. & Weiler, L. M. (2021). Natural mentoring and LGBTQ youth: A critical review of the literature. Adolescent Research Review, 1-17, doi:10.1007/s40894-020-00146-x

*Burcher, S. A., Weiler, L. M., *Keyzers, A., & Cavell, T. (2021). Neighborhood risk and interpersonal support as predictors of parents’ sense of community. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 30, 1476-1486. doi: 10.1007/s10826-021-01957-9

Haddock, S. A., Weiler, L. M., Lee, H., Henry, K. L., Lucas-Thompson, R., Zimmerman, T. S., Krafchick, J. L., *Fredrickson, G. F., *Yetz, N., & Youngblade, L. M. (2020). Does organizing mentor-mentee matches into small groups enhance treatment effects in a site-based mentoring program for adolescents? Results of a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. doi: 10.1007/s10964-020-01267-1

Weiler, L. M., *Scafe, M., Spencer, R., & Cavell, T. (2020). Caregiver-initiated mentoring: Developing a working model to mitigate social isolation. Clinical Social Work Journal, 48, 6-17. doi:10.1007/s10615-019-00723-1

Lucas-Thompson, R., Weiler, L.M., Haddock, S. A., Henry, K. L., Zimmerman, T. S., Krafchick, J., & *Prahbu, N. (2020). Listening in: Improving the science and practice of mentoring through naturalistic observations of mentor-mentee relationships. Journal of Child and Family Studies. doi: 10.1007/s10826-020-01777-3

Teaching and Learning

FSoS 1201: Human Development in Families: Lifespan
FSoS 4109W: Family Theories
FSoS 4111: Introduction to Family Therapy
FSoS 4155: Parent-child Interactions
FSoS 8001: Conceptual Frameworks in the Family
FSoS 8036: Couple and Family Therapy Research
GCC 3018: What American Dream? Children of the Social Class Divide

Honors & Awards

2023 Outstanding Alumna, College of Health and Human Sciences, Colorado State University 
2019 Community Engagement Scholarship Award, W. K. Kellogg Foundation
2018 Engagement Scholarship Consortium Excellence in Community Partner Community Engagement Award
2018 Rising Star, Women’s Philanthropic Leadership Circle
2018 Excellence in Community Partner Engagement Award, Engagement Scholarship Consortium
2014 Early Career Preventionists Network Travel Award, Society for Prevention Research
2014-2013 Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institute on Mental Health
2013 Outstanding Engagement Award, Colorado State University
2012-2013 Predoctoral Fellow, National Institute on Drug Abuse
2012 New Writer Fellow, Family Process Institute
2012 Innovative Instruction in Service Learning Award, Colorado State University
2012 Engaged Faculty for Service Learning, Colorado Campus Compact
2011 and 2009 AmeriCorps Education Award, UCAN