Heather Kohler Flynn, Ph.D.

Adjunct Lecturer

Professor Heather Flynn
Heather Kohler Flynn, Ph.D.



Office Hours

9:00 am-10:00 am

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Ph.D., University of California, Davis


Dr. Flynn’s dissertation focused on friendship characteristics and quality during adolescence and early adulthood. Her current projects include: the influence of parental behavior on adolescent friendship quality, friendship characteristics across the life course, and the influence of gender and extracurricular activity participation on adolescent self-esteem.


Selected Publications & Presentations

Flynn, Heather Kohler. Diane H. Felmlee, Xiaoling Shu and Rand Conger. 2018. “Mothers and Fathers Matter: Gender and Parental Behavior on Adolescent Friendships.” Journal of Family Issues 39(8):2389-2412. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0192513X18755423. 

Flynn, Heather Kohler. 2018. “Analyzing Friendship Quality Using Structural Equation Modeling with Secondary Data” in SAGE Research Methods Cases, SAGE Publications, Ltd. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781526438294. 

Flynn, Heather Kohler. 2017. “Friendships of Adolescence” in The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. DOI: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/book/10.1002/9781405165518.

Flynn, Heather Kohler, Diane H. Felmlee, and Rand Conger. 2017. “The Social Context of Adolescent Friendships: Parents, Peers, and Romantic Partners.” Youth and Society 49(5): 679-705. DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1177/0044118X14559900

Flynn, Heather Kohler. 2016. "Self-Esteem" in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies, 1st Edition. Edited by Nancy A. Naples. DOI: 10.1002/9781118663219.wbegss130 

Gregson, Jennifer, Marcy Sowa, and Heather Kohler Flynn. 2011. "Evaluating Form and Function of Regional Partnerships: Applying Social Network Analysis to the Network for a Healthy California, 2001-2007." Journal of Education and Nutrition Behavior Volume 43; Number 4S2: 67-74. 

Felmlee, Diane H., Heather Kohler Flynn, and Peter Riley Bahr. 2008. “Too Much of a Good Thing: Fatal Attraction in Intimate Relationships.” Free Inquiry in Creative Sociology 36(1): 3-14.

Smith, Vicki, Heather Kohler Flynn, and Jonathan Isler. 2006. “Finding Jobs and Building Careers: Reproducing Inequality in State-Sponsored Job Search Organizations.” In Worker Participation: Practices and Possibilities, edited by V. Smith. Research in the Sociology of Work, Volume 16. Oxford: JAI/Elsevier Press.

Flynn, Heather Kohler. 2003. “Self Esteem Theory and Measurement: A Critical Review” thirdspace (http://www.thirdspace.ca/), Volume 3.