Daniel J. Weigel, Ph.D.
Cooperative Extension/Human Development and Family Studies
Ph.D. in Counseling and Educational Psychology,
University of Nevada, Reno
M. A., University of Nevada, Reno
M. S., Colorado State University
S., Colorado State University
My research interests have evolved along two
tracks. First, in collaboration with other faculty members, I
have focused on interpersonal communication and relationships.
In particular, I have been interested in the aspect of commitment
in romantic relationships. I have explored cognitive, affective,
and behavioral elements of commitment, and have employed social
cognitive, developmental, and communication frameworks.
My second research track has pursued aspects
of early literacy development in young children. Specifically,
I have investigated the influences of the parent and home environment,
in conjunction with influences from child care, upon children's
early literacy and language development. In addition, I have examined
the impact of several community education programs designed to
improve parent's skills in fostering the early literacy and language
development of their young children.
In addition to my research interests, as a
Human Development Specialist for UNR Cooperative Extension my
role is to develop, deliver, and evaluate community education
programs in human development and family living. Most of my teaching
efforts have centered on issues of early literacy and school readiness,
parent education, and child care. My teaching methods include
presentations, workshops, curricula, simulations, workbooks, games
brochures, pamphlets, media, display, and service delivery.
Weigel, D. J., & Ballard-Reisch, D. S. (accepted for publication). Constructing commitment in intimate relationships: Mapping interdependence in the everyday expressions of commitment. Communication Research.
Weigel, D. J., & Weiser, D. A. (accepted for publication). Commitment messages communicated in families of origin: Contributions to relationship commitment attitudes. Communication Quarterly.
Weigel, D., Weiser, D., Bales, D., & Moyses, K. (2012). Identifying online preferences and needs of early childhood professionals. Early Childhood Research & Practice, 14(2), http://ecrp.illinois.edu/v14n2/weigel.html.
Weigel, D. J., Brown, C., & O’Riordan, C. K. (2011). Everyday expressions of commitment and relational uncertainty as predictors of relationship quality and stability over time. Communication Reports, 24, 38-50.
Lalasz, C. B., & Weigel, D. J. (2011). Understanding the relationship between gender and extradyadic relations: The mediating role of sensation seeking on intentions to engage in sexual infidelity. Personality and Individual Differences, 50, 1079-1083.
Byington, T., Martin, S., Reilly, J., & Weigel, D. (2011). Teaching child care providers to reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Journal of Extension, 49(2), http://www.joe.org/joe/2011april/rb3.php.
Weigel, D. J. (2010). Mutuality of commitment in romantic relationships: Exploring a dyadic model. Personal Relationships, 17, 495-513.
Weigel, D. J., Martin, S. S., & Bennett, K. K. (2010). Pathways to literacy: Connections between family assets and preschool children’s emergent literacy skills. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 8, 5-22.
Evans, W. P., Marsh, S. C., & Weigel, D. J. (2010). Promoting adolescent sense of coherence: Testing models of risk, protection, and resiliency. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 20, 30-43.
Brosh, J., Weigel, D., & Evans, B. (2009). Assessing the Supports Needed to Help Pregnant and Parenting Teens Reach Their Educational and Career Goals. Journal of Extension, 47(1), article #1RIB8, http://www.joe.org/joe/2009february/pdf/JOE_v47_1rb8.pdf.
Devereux, P. G., Weigel, D. J., Ballard-Reisch, D., Leigh, G., & Cahoon, K. Cahoon. (2009). Immediate and longer-term connections between support and stress in pregnant/parenting and non-pregnant/non-parenting adolescents. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 26, 431–446
Marsh, S. C., Evans, W. P., & Weigel, D. J. (2009). Exploring models of resiliency by gender in relation to adolescent victimization. Victims and Offenders, 4(3), 230 – 248.
Weigel, D. J. (2008). The concept of family: An analysis of lay people’s views of family. Journal of Family Issues, 29, 1426-1447.
Weigel, D. J. (2008). Mutuality and the communication of commitment in romantic relationships. Southern Communication Journal, 73, 24-41.
Weigel, D. J. (2008). A dyadic assessment of how couples indicate their commitment to each other. Personal Relationships, 15, 17-39.
Weigel, D. J., & Ballard-Reisch, D. S. (2008). Relational maintenance, satisfaction, and commitment in marriages: An actor-partner analysis. Journal of Family Communication, 8, 212-229.
Weigel, D. J., Lowman, J.
L., & Martin, S. S. (2007). Language development in the years
before school: A comparison of developmental assets in home
and child care settings. Early Child Development and Care,
Weigel, D. J. (2007). Parental
divorce and the types of commitment-related messages people gain
from their families of origin. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage,
Weigel, D. J., & Martin,
S. S. (2006). Identifying key early literacy and school readiness
issues: Exploring a strategy for assessing community needs. Early Childhood Research and Practice 8(2), http://ecrp.uiuc.edu/v8n2/weigel.html.
Ballard-Reisch, S. D., &
Weigel, D. J. (2006). Established and promising models of family
communication research. In L. H. Turner & R. West (Eds.), The family communication sourcebook (pp. 61-82). Thousand
Oaks , CA : Sage.
D. J., Bennett, K. K., & Ballard-Reisch, D. S. (2006). Roles
and influence in marriages: Both spouses’ perceptions contribute
to marital commitment. Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal,
D. J., Bennett, K. K., & Ballard-Reisch, D. S. (2006). Influence
strategies in marriage: Self and partner links between equity,
strategy use, marital satisfaction, and commitment. Journal of
Family Communication, 6, 77-95.
Weigel, D. J., Martin,
S. S., & Bennett, K. K. (2006). Mothers' literacy beliefs:
Connections with the home literacy environments and pre-school
children's literacy development. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy,
Weigel, D. J., Martin,
S. S., & Bennett, K. K. (2006). Contributions of the home
literacy environment to preschool-aged children’s emerging
literacy and language skills. Early Child Development and Care,