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Drs. Essex and Hyde have been co-directors of the Wisconsin Study of Families & Work since they founded it in 1990, when it was named the Wisconsin Maternity Leave and Health Project.

Marilyn J. Essex, Ph.D.

Marilyn J. Essex, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry
Wisconsin Psychiatric Institute and Clinics
University of Wisconsin
6001 Research Park Boulevard
Madison, Wisconsin 53719

Phone: (608) 263-7887
Fax: (608) 265-4008
Email: mjessex@wisc.edu

Dr. Marilyn Essex is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin. As a sociologist, her research focuses on family processes, and especially the influences of family life on child and adolescent development. She has published dozens of scientific papers on topics such as parents’ work, marriage relationships, and emotional well-being; the influence of the early family environment on children’s emotional and physiological reactivity and later socio-emotional development; and how these family processes have different influences on boys and girls, and children with different temperaments. She lives in Stoughton, just outside of Madison, with her husband.

Janet Shibley Hyde, Ph.D.

Janet Shibley Hyde, Ph.D.
Helen Thompson Woolley Professor of Psychology and Gender & Women's Studies         
University of Wisconsin
1202 W. Johnson St.
Madison, Wisconsin  53706

Phone: (608) 262-9522
Fax:  (608) 262-4029
Email: jshyde@wisc.edu

Dr. Janet Shibley Hyde is Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin--Madison. Her research focuses on the psychology of women and gender, as well as child and adolescent development. Author of the undergraduate textbook The Psychology of Women and Gender: Half the Human Experience +, she has published more than 200 scientific papers, on topics such as women and work, fathers and parental leave, and gender differences in mathematics performance and self-esteem. She lives in Madison and has two grown children and four grandchildren.

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