Christopher Mehus

Research Faculty

1954 Buford Avenue, Suite 425
St. Paul, MN 55108-1062

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Christopher Mehus


I am a Prevention Scientist with a background in family science, family therapy, parenting interventions, primary care research, and psychological trauma. My overarching goal is to improve public health by supporting parents in raising healthy children. I am pursing this goal through research to foster engagement in and create sustainable access to effective parenting interventions and support, with an emphasis on highly stressed families. This research agenda includes gaining a better understanding of parenting behaviors and the role of parent-child relationships in developmental pathways; understanding the intersection of trauma and parent-child interactions; engaging parents in adolescent health and healthcare; and evaluating the effectiveness and implementation of parenting programs delivered through primary care settings. Learn more at my personal website

Selected Publications

  1. Mehus, C. J., Buchanan, G., & Unell, B (In Press) Feasibility of a novel, brief parenting intervention in primary care clinics. Families, Systems, and Health.

  2. Mehus, C. J., Aldrin, S., Steiner, R., Brar, P., Gewirtz O’Brien, J., Gorzkowski, J., Grilo, S., Klein, J., McRee, AL., Ross, C., Santelli, J., & Sieving, R. (In Press) Parents’ sources of adolescent sexual health information and the role of primary care. Academic Pediatrics. DOI: 10.1016/j.acap.2021.09.007 

  3. Sieving, R., McRee, AL., Mehus, C. J., Gewirtz O’Brien, J., Wang, S., Brar, P., Catallozzi, M., Gorzkowski, J., Grilo, S., Kaseeska, K., Santelli, J., Steiner, R., & Klein, J. (In Press) Sexual and reproductive health discussions during preventive visits. Pediatrics.

  4. Mehus, C. J., Lyden, G., Bonar, E., Gunlicks-Stoessel, M., Morrell, N., Parks, M., Wagner, A., & Patrick, M. (In Press) Association between COVID-19-related loneliness or worry and symptoms of anxiety and depression among first-year college students. Journal of American College Health. DOI: 10.1080/07448481.2021.1942009

  5. Mehus, C. J., & Patrick, M. E. (2020). Trends in Spanking: Prevalence in U.S. National Samples of 35-Year-Old Parents from 1993 to 2017. JAMA Pediatrics. DOI: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.2197

  6. Mehus, C. J., & Patrick, M. E. (2020). Alcohol use among 10th-graders: Distinguishing between high-intensity drinking and other levels of use. Journal of Adolescence. DOI: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2020.07.004

  7. Patrick, M. E., Evans-Polce, R. J., Wagner, A. C., & Mehus, C. J. (2020). High-intensity drinking by parental status: Differences by age and sex. Addictive Behaviors. DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2019.106180

  8. Sieving, R. E., Mehus, C. J., ... Santelli, J. (2020). Understanding primary care providers’ perceptions and practices in implementing confidential adolescent sexual and reproductive health services. Journal of Adolescent Health. DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2020.03.035

  9. Forster, M., Grigsby, T. J., Gower, A. L., Mehus, C. J., & McMorris, B. J. (2020). The role of social support in the association between childhood adversity and adolescent self-injury and suicide: Findings from a statewide sample of high school students. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. DOI: 10.1007/s10964-020-01235-9

  10. Mehus, C. J., Wieling, E., Oloya, O.T., Achan, L., & Ertl, V. (2020). The impact of alcohol misuse on fathering in northern Uganda: An ethnographic study of fathers. Transcultural Psychiatry. DOI: 10.1177/1363461520943315

  11. Mehus, C. J., Kazlauskaite, V., Colianni, S., & Borowsky, I. (2019). Parent interest in resources to address their child’s behavioral health through primary care. Families, Systems, and Health. DOI: 10.1037/fsh0000429

  12. Mehus, C. J., Forster, M., Chan, G., Hemphill, S., Toumbourou, J., & McMorris, B. (2018). Longitudinal, reciprocal relationships between parental monitoring and antisocial peer associations. Journal of Adolescence. DOI: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2018.07.015

  13. Mehus, C. J., Doty, J., Chan, G., Kelly, A., Hemphill, S., Toumbourou, J., & McMorris, B. (2018). Testing the Social Interaction Learning Model’s applicability to adolescent substance misuse in an Australian context. Substance Use and Misuse. DOI: 10.1080/10826084.2018.1441307

  14. Mehus, C. J., Wieling, E., Achan, L., & Oloya, T. (2018). Identifying the roles of fathers in post-war northern Uganda: Groundwork for a parenting intervention. African Studies. DOI: 10.1080/00020184.2018.1496593

  15. Doty, J., Weiler, L., Mehus, C. J. & McMorris, B. (2017). Youth mentors’ relationship capacity: Parent-child connectedness, attitudes toward mentees, empathy, and match quality. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. DOI: 10.1177/0265407517740002

  16. Eisenberg, M., Mehus, C. J., Saewyc, E., Corliss, H., Gower, A., Sullivan, T. R., & Porta, C. (2017). Community resources and supports for LGBTQ youth in the U.S. and Canada. Journal of Homosexuality. DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2017.1364944

  17. Mehus, C. J., Watson, R., Eisenberg, M., Corliss, H., & Porta, C. (2017). Living as an LGBTQ adolescent and a parent’s child: Overlapping or separate experiences. Journal of Family Nursing. DOI: 10.1177/1074840717696924

  18. Wieling, E., Mehus, C. J., Möllerherm, J., Neuner, F., Achan, L., & Catani, C. (2017). Preparing the field for feasibility testing of a parenting intervention for war-affected mothers in northern Uganda. Family Process. DOI: 10.1111/famp.12189

  19. Leslie, L., Mehus, C. J., Hawkins, J. D., Boat, T., McCabe, M. A., Barkin, S., Perrin, E., Metzler, C., Prado, G., Tait, V. F., & Beardslee, W. (2016). Primary health care: Potential home for family-focused preventive interventions. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2016.05.014

  20. Mehus, C. J., & Becher, E. (2016). Compassion fatigue, burn out, and compassion satisfaction in spoken-language interpreters. Traumatology. DOI: 10.1037/trm0000023

  21. Wieling, E., Mehus, C. J., Moellerherm, J., Neuner, F., Catani, C., & Achan, L. (2015). Assessing the feasibility of a parenting intervention for war-affected families in Northern Uganda. Family and Community Health. DOI: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000064