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Sanford Braver

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Emeritus Professor


Professor, Department of Psychology (Quantitative, Social), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences



Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1971


After getting his Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of Michigan in 1971, Dr. Braver has been on the faculty in the Psychology Department at Arizona State University for almost 30 years, advancing through the ranks to Full Professor. His of teaching is primarily in the areas of research methods and statistics. He also does research on this topic, attempting to expand the methodological and statistical approaches within the social sciences generally, and, more specifically, in the field of prevention science. His primary research interest over the last 15 years or so, in connection with Prevention Research Center, has taken him to explore the dynamics of divorcing families, studying approaches to improve the well-being of family members after divorce. A special emphasis is dealing with the issues facing divorced fathers as they struggle to maintain their parenting roles after divorce.

To support this work, Braver has been the recipient of 15 competitively reviewed, primarily federal, research grants, totaling almost $13 million. His work has been published in over 60 peer-reviewed professional articles and chapters, and most recently in the acclaimed 1998 book Divorced dads: Shattering the myths (Tarcher/Penguin-Putnam). This book was a report of his ground-breaking work leading the largest federally-supported research project ever conducted on divorced fathers. As perhaps the leading expert in the country on the dynamics of fathering after divorce, he is in demand as a consultant to such entities as President Clinton's National Fatherhood Initiative, the National Commission for Child and Family Welfare, and the State of Arizona's Domestic Relations Reform Subcommittee, and as a speaker and presenter, having delivered over 100 presentations. He has been quoted in numerous news media discussions, including U.S. News and World Report, Kiplinger's, Redbook, the Wall Street Journal and was featured in a segment on January 7, 2000 of ABC News' 20/20.

Research Interests

Dr. Braver has two primary research interests. First, he studies the psychology, social psychology and economics of the family, especially after divorce. A special emphasis is understanding the dynamics and effects of fathers in families (See Dads for Life , Parents and Youth Study). Second, he is interested in expanding the methodological and statistical approaches within the social sciences generally, and the field of prevention science specifically.


Prevention Research Center

  • Braver, Sanford L, Baham, Melinda. External Validity. Encyclopedia of Educational Psychology (2008).
  • Braver, S.L. and Baham. M.E. External Validity. Encyclopedia of Educational Psychology (2008).
  • jeffrey Cookston, Irwin Sandler, Sanford Braver, Mary Genalo. Predicting readiness to adopt evidence-based programs for divorcing families: Champions, attitudes, and access to funding. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry (2007).
  • William Fabricius, Sanford Braver. Relocation, parent conflict, and domestic violence: Independent risk factors for children of divorce. Journal of Child Custody (2006).
  • Sanford Braver, William Griffin, J Cookston. Prevention Programs for Divorced Non-Resident Fathers. Family Court Review (2005).
  • Braver, Sanford L (Author) ,Shapiro, J R,Goodman, M R. The consequences of divorce for parents. Handbook of Divorce and Relationship Dissolution (2005).
  • Braver, Sanford L,Griffin, William Albert,Cookston, J,Sandler, Irwin Noah,Williams, J. Promoting better fathering among divorced nonresident fathers. Family psychology: The Art of the science (2005).
  • M Goodman, D Bonds, I Sandler, Sanford Braver. Parent psycho-educational programs and reducing the negative effects of interparental conflict following divorce. Family Court Review (2004).
  • W Fabricius, Sanford Braver. Expenditures on children and visitation time: A reply to Garfinkel, McLanahan and Wallerstein. Family Court Review (2004).
  • Braver, Sanford L (Author) ,Hipke, K N (Author) ,Ellman, I M (Author) ,Sandler, I N (Author) . Strengths-building public policy for children of divorce. Investing in children, families and communities: Strengths-based research and policy (2004).
  • Braver, Sanford L (Author) ,Stockburger, D (Author) . Child support guidelines and the equalization of living standards. The Law and Economics of Child Support Payments (2004).
  • Sanford Braver. The "news" about divorce for family psychologists. The Family Psychologist (2003).
  • Sanford Braver, I Ellman, William Fabricius. Relocation of children after divorce and children's best interests: New evidence and legal considerations. Journal of Family Psychology (2003).
  • Sanford Braver, J Cookston. Controversies, clarifications and consequences of divorce's legacy: Introduction to the Special Issue. Family Relations (2003).
  • W Fabricius, Sanford Braver. Non-child support expenditures on children by nonresidental divorced fathers: Results of a study. Family Court Review (2003).
  • W Fabricius, Sanford Braver, K Deneau. Divorced parents' financial support of their children's college expenses. Family Court Review (2003).
  • Page, M C, Braver, Sanford L, MacKinnon, D. Levine's Guide to SPSS for Analysis of Variance. (2003).
  • Parke, R D (Author) ,Coltrane, S (Author) ,Powers, J (Author) ,Adams, M (Author) ,Fabricius, W V (Author) ,Braver, Sanford L (Author) ,Saenz, D (Author) . Measurement of father involvement in Mexican-American families. Conceptualizing and Measuring Father Involvement (2003).
  • Pasley, K (Author) ,Braver, Sanford L (Author) . Measuring father involvement in divorced, nonresident fathers. Conceptualizing and Measuring Father Involvement (2003).
  • . The Legacy of Divorce: Controversies, Clarifications and Consequences. (2003).
  • J Cookston, Sanford Braver, I Sandler, M Genalo. Prospects for expanded court-based services for divorcing families with children. Family Court Review (2002).
  • K Hipke, Sharlene Wolchik, I Sandler, Sanford Braver. Predictors of children's intervention-induced resilience in a parenting program for divorced mothers. Family Relations (2002).
  • Sanford Braver, J Cookston, B Cohen. Experiences of family law attorneys with current issues in divorce practice. Family Relations (2002).
  • M Gunnoe, Sanford Braver. The effects of joint legal custody on mothers, fathers, and children, controlling for factors that predispose a sole maternal vs. joint legal award. Law and Human Behavior (2001).
  • Sanford Braver, W Griffin. Engaging fathers in the post-divorce family. Marriage & Family Review (2000).
  • Sanford Braver, W Griffin, H Peters, G Peterson, S Steinmetz. Engaging fathers in the post-divorce family. Fatherhood: Research, interventions and policies (2000).
  • Irwin Sandler, Jonathon Miles, Jeffrey Cookston, Sanford Braver. Effects of Father and Mother Parenting on Children’s Mental Health in High and Low Conflict Divorces. Family Court Review (0).
Research Activity: 
  • family court review, editorial board (2003 - 2011)
  • fathering, Editorial board (2003 - 2011)
  • Center for Scientific Review, ad hoc grant reviewer 8 proposals (2009 - 2010)
  • honors committee, member (1975 - 2010)
  • standards committee, member (2005 - 2009)
  • standards committee, member (2005 - 2008)
  • family court review, editorial board (2003 - 2007)
  • fathering, Editorial board (2003 - 2007)
  • Center for Scientific Review, ad hoc grant reviewer 19 proposals (2005 - 2006)
  • Center for Scientific Review, ad hoc grant reviewer 22 proposals (2005 - 2005)
  • faculty evaluation committee, chair (2005 - 2005)