human development and family studies

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Hans Saint-Eloi Cadely

Hans Saint-Eloi Cadely
  • Assistant Professor
  • Transition Center Room 211
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Dr. Cadely is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Rhode Island. His experiences include having worked as a research assistant on projects funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designed to evaluate the effectiveness of relationship education and drug prevention programs implemented with adolescents across the state of Alabama. He has also worked with extension specialists and community leaders in the facilitation of these programs. Dr. Cadely is currently teaching HDF 200 (Lifespan Development I), HDF 201 (Lifespan Development II), and HDF 501 (Developmental Science in Family Contexts).


Dr. Cadely’s primary research area addresses adolescent romantic relationships. Most recently, he has examined change in dating aggression from adolescence to young adulthood and factors that can contribute to adolescent dating aggression.  He also has conducted studies that evaluate the effectiveness of lessons designed to teach adolescents about characteristics of healthy romantic relationships. Dr. Cadely’s secondary research interest involves examining predictors of identity formation and the influence of identity formation on adolescent development.


  • Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, Auburn University, 2015
  • M.S., Human Development and Family Studies, Auburn University, 2010
  • B.S., Psychology (Magna Cum Laude), Barry University, 2008
  • A.A., Psychology (Highest Honors), Miami-Dade College North Campus, 2006


Kerpelman, J. L., McElwain, A., & Saint-Eloi Cadely, H. (2014). Adolescent development and romantic relationships. In J. A. Arditti (Ed.), Family problems: Stress, risk, and resilience. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Kerpelman, J. L., Pittman, J. F., Saint-Eloi Cadely, H., Tuggle, F. J., Harrell-Levy, M. K., & Adler-Baeder, F. (2012). Identity and intimacy during adolescence: Connections among identity styles, romantic attachment and identity commitment. Journal of Adolescence, 35(6), 1427-1439. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2012.03.008

Saint-Eloi Cadely, H., Pittman, J. F., Kerpelman, J. L., & Adler-Baeder, F. (2011). The role of identity styles and academic possible selves on academic outcomes for high school students. Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 11(4), 267-288. doi: 10.1080/15283488.2011.613580

Ferrer-Wreder, L., Saint-Eloi Cadely, H., Domitrovish, C., Small, M., Caldwell, L. L., & Cleveland, M. J. (2010). Is more better? Outcome and dose of a universal drug prevention effectiveness trial. Journal of Primary Prevention, 31, 349-363. doi: 10.1007/s10935-010-0226-4

Kerpelman, J. L., Pittman, J. F., Adler-Baeder, F., Stringer, K., Eryigit, S., Saint-Eloi Cadely, H., & Harrell-Levy, M. (2010). What adolescents bring to and learn from relationships education classes: Does social address matter? Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, 9, 95-112. doi: 10.1080/15332691003694877

Saint-Eloi Cadely, H., Pittman, J. F., Pettit, G. S., Lansford J. E., Bates, J. E., Dodge, K.

A., & Holtzworth-Munroe, A. (In Press). Classes of intimate partner violence from late adolescence to young adulthood. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Rizzo, C. J., Joppa, M. C., Barker, D., Zlotnick, C., Warren, J., Saint-Eloi Cadely, H., &

Brown L. K. (2017). Individual and relationship characteristics of adolescent girls with histories of physical dating violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 1-26. doi: 10.1177/0886260517696859. Available online at:



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