Professional Background

With a Ph.D. in psychology and four young children, I bring my background in human development, counseling and learning theory to my parenting role. I look at parenting and play from both a child development and mental health perspective, and use my educational and experience to share parenting strategies that are informed by research. My passion is parenting because I believe that raising children is the hardest job on Earth and that we do it best when communities do it together.


Developmentally appropriate play
Early learning
Positive parenting
Preparation for school success
Childhood emotional and mental health
Staying married with children


Adjunct Professor    
Carroll University. Psychology Department, Waukesha, WI
Carthage College. Exercise and Sports Science Department, Kenosha, WI
University of North Texas. Psychology Department, Denton, TX

Fox6 News; Real Milwaukee   
Serve as local, award winning news program’s Child Development Expert addressing child
and parenting issues. Past topics have included: Staying married with children; preparing
your child for kindergarten; positive discipline; sibling rivalry; teaching self-
responsibility and many others.

Hoppi Box
Serve on the expert panel of the monthly toys subscription service for children ages birth– 3-years old. Provide input on book and toy choices that promote healthy emotional, mental and physical child development. Write guest columns on specific child development issues.

Staff Counselor                                             
University of Minnesota Counseling & Consulting Services. Minneapolis, MN
University of North Texas Counseling and Testing Center. Denton, TX
Nelson Children’s Residential Treatment Center, Denton, TX


Community Art Technology Health & Education Center (CATHE). Board Member. Burlington, WI
ChocolateFest Community Festival. Executive Committee. Burlington, WI
AppleSeeds. Board Member. Burlington, WI


Lahner, J. M., Hayslip, B., McKelvy, T. N., & Caballero, D. M. (2014). Employee Age and Reactions to Downsizing. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 79, 225-255.

Halfhill, T., Sundstrom, E., Lahner, J. M., Calderone, W. K., & Nielson, T. M. (2005). Group personality composition and group effectiveness: An integrative review of empirical research. Small Group Research, 36, 83-105.

Lahner, J. M. & Hayslip, B. (2003). Gender differences in parental reactions to the birth of a premature low birth weight infant. Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, 18, 71-88.

Shafer, M., Lahner, J. M., Calderone, W. K., Davis, J., & Petrie, T. A. (2002). The use and effectiveness of a web-based instructional supplement in a college student success program. Journal of College Student Development, 413, 751-757.

Wohl, E. C., Lahner, J. M., & Jooste, J. (2002). Group processes among custodial grandparents. In B. Hayslip (Ed.), Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. New York: Springer Publishing.


Doctorate. University of North Texas. Counseling PsychologyDenton, TX

Master of Science. University of North TexasPsychology. Denton, TX

Bachelor of Science. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Stevens Point, WI