Tommy Phillips

Associate Professor
HDFS Graduate Coordinator

Specialty: Human Development and Family Studies

Lloyd-Ricks Watson, Rm 201-B

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 9745
Mississippi State, MS

Physical Address:

255 Tracy Dr.
Mississippi State, MS

Phone: (662)325-0655

Research/Extension Assignments:

  • Adolescent Development and Well-Being
  • Religiosity and Well-Being
  • Young Adult Romantic Relationships


  • Ph.D., Auburn University
  • M.A., University of West Georgia
  • B.A., University of West Georgia

Society Memberships:

  • National Council on Family Relations
  • Southeastern Council on Family Relations


Williams, J.M., T.M. Phillips, L. Stockdale, H.G. Holmgren, D.W. Wong, D.J. Peterson. 2017. An exploratory study of violent media consumption and agression in black college students. Journal of Black Studies. Download
Turner, J., Wilmoth, J. and Phillips, T. 2014. What do you want to accomplish in the next 10 years? The future goals of emerging adults. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 2(3), 87-96.
Phillips, T., B. Randall, D. Peterson, J. Wilmoth, L. Pickering. 2013. Personal problems among rural youth and their relation to psychosocial well-being. Journal of Extension. Download
Phillips, T., J. Wilmoth, D. Peterson, S. Wall, R. Budkley, L. Phillips. 2013. Recollected parental care and fear of intimacy in emerging adults. The Family Journal 21(3):335-341. Download
Phillips, T.M., J.D. Wilmoth, and L.D. Marks. 2012. Challenges and conflicts ...strengths and supports: A study of enduring African American marriages. Journal of Black Studies 43(8):936-952. Download
Phillips, T. 2012. An exploration of the triarchic model of poverty. Journal of Poverty 16(2):220-231. Download
Phillips, T. 2012. The influence of family structure vs. family climate on adolescent well-being. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal 29:103-110. Download
Wilmoth, J.D., S. Smyser, T. Phillips. 2011. Effects of education and training on clergy self-efficacy beliefs in providing marriage preparation. Journal of Pastoral Counseling 45:52-63.
Wilmoth, J., S. Smyser, T. Staier, T.M. Phillips. 2010. Influence of a statewide marriage initiative on clergy involvement in marriage preparation. Marriage and Family Review 46:278-299.
Phillips, T. 2009. Does social desirability bias distort results on the Ego Identity Process Questionnaire or the Identity Style Inventory? Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research 9:55-62. Download
Phillips, T.M., S. Wall, C. Li, L. Phillips. 2009. Between memories of the past and expectations of the future: Young adults in romantic relationships. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences 101-2:23-27.
Phillips, T.M., J. Wilmoth, T. Staier. 2009. The "secrets" to marital success: Using field assignements to enhance student understanding. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences 101:18-19.
Ketter, J.J., T.M. Phillips, N. King, C. Hibler. 2009. Multicultural competence as a component of NCATE Standard IV accountability. International Forum of Teaching and Stuides 5(2):11-17.
Phillips, T. 2008. A triarchic model of poverty. Theory and Science 9(3). Download
Phillips, T. 2008. Age-related differences in identity style: A cross-sectional analysis. Current Psychology 27:205-215. Download
Phillips, T., J. Pittman. 2007. Adolescent psychological well-being by identity style: A between-groups analysis. Journal of Adolescence 30:1021-1034. Download
Phillips, T. 2007. The effects of Appalachian fatalism on adolescent identity processes. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences 99:11-15.
Phillips, T., J. Pittman. 2003. Identity processes in poor adolescents: Exploring the linkages between economic disadvantage and the primary task of adolescence. Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research 3:115-129. Download