James  McHale

James McHale

James McHale
Professor and Interim St. Petersburg campus Chair


Office: DAV 121A
Phone: 727/873-4848



Dr. McHale was founding chair of the Department of Psychology at USF St. Petersburg. He is now Executive Director of the USF St. Petersburg Infant-Family Mental Health Center at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and directs the internationally-recognized USFSP Family Study Center. His studies of coparenting and child development i n diverse family systems have been sponsored since 1996 by the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Child Health and Development, and he has authored more than 200 conference research reports and published over 70 articles, books, and other manuscripts on the topic of coparenting. He is currently Principal Investigator on numerous grants and initiatives, including an NIH-sponsored randomized controlled trial examining the efficacy of a prenatal coparenting intervention for unmarried African American parents.


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of California, Berkeley

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Selected Publications

McHale, J. & Sirotkin, Y. (2019). Coparenting in diverse family systems. In M. Bornstein (Ed.), Handbook of Parenting (3rd. Ed.). New Jersey: Erlbaum

Coates, E. & McHale, J. (2018), Triangular interactions of unmarried African American mothers and fathers with their 3-month-old infants. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27, 1-11.

Salman-Engin, S., Sümer, N., Sagel, E., & McHale, J. (2018). Coparenting in the context of mother–father–infant versus mother–grandmother–infant triangular interactions in Turkey. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27, 1-11.

Tissot, H., Kuersten-Hogan, R., Frascarolo, F., Favez, N. & McHale, J. (2018). Parental perceptions of individual and dyadic adjustment as predictors of observed coparenting cohesion: A cross-national study. Family Process, 57, 1-17.

McHale, J. & Negrini, L. (2017). How the assumption of a coparenting frame will transform social work practice with men and fathers. Social Work Research, 42(1), 9-21.doi:10.1093/swr/svx024

McHale, J. (2015). Coparenting in Europe, 2015: Celebrations of advances and cautions about misdirection. Family Science, 5, 229-239. doi:10.1080/19424620.2015.1082053

McHale, J. & Phares, V. (2015). From dyads to family systems: A bold new direction for Infant Mental Health practice. ZERO TO THREE Journal, 35, 1-8.

McHale, J., Salman., S. & Coovert, M. (2015). Improvements in unmarried African American parents’ rapport, communication and problem-solving following a prenatal coparenting intervention. Family Process, 54, 619-629.

McHale, J. & Lindahl, K. (2011). Coparenting: A conceptual and clinical examination of family systems. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press.

McHale, J. (2007). Charting the bumpy road of coparenthood. Washington, D.C.: Zero to Three Press.