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Barbara Hofer

iConnected Parent, Parental Involvement in the College Years

Professor of Psychology


Topics she can discuss include:
  • Relationships between college students and their parents in an age of instant communication
  • Technology's effects on the transition to adulthood
  • Parental involvement in the college years

About Barbara Hofer
Barbara Hofer on CBS, The Early Show 
Video: Over-Connected Parents

Barbara Hofer is a professor of psychology at Middlebury College. She joined the faculty in 1998. She teaches courses on adolescent development, educational psychology and cultural psychology.

One of her current research areas focuses on how frequent contact between college students and their parents influences the development of maturity and independence.

She is the co-author of "The iConnected Parent: Staying Close to Your Kids in College (and Beyond) While Letting Them Grow Up" (Simon & Schuster/Free Press, 2010).  The book is an assessment - of both the positive and the negative - of the state of parent-child relationships in an age of instant communication. Hofer was interviewed about the book on the CBS-TV's "The Early Show."

Hofer graduated from University of South Florida, and received her masters from Harvard University and doctorate from University of Michigan.