Department of Psychology and Sociology

Staff and Faculty

Timothy Oblad

Department Chair - Associate Professor of Human Development & Family Studies

Ph.D., Texas Tech University, 2015 

Graduate Faculty of Human Sciences (2016-2020) 

College of Business Administration Adjunct Faculty, Marketing and Information Systems

Tim started his academic career at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and received a bachelor’s degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a minor in psychology. At Texas Tech University, he earned a master’s degree in the Department of Human Sciences as well as his doctoral degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Tim also minored in Cross-Cultural research. His master’s thesis was a meta-analysis exploring gender differences with regard to cyber-aggressive behaviors. Further, he explored the atheoretical nature of cyberbully research in his comprehensive review. Tim’s doctoral dissertation composed of three separate, independent studies from two data sets exploring college student online behaviors and how cyberbullying or social networking impacts self-esteem, depression, social capital, and suicidal ideation. One of the studies explored minority college student experiences using both quantitative and qualitative methods and another explored two theoretical perspectives (deindividuation theory, social identity model of individuation). His research interests involve online behaviors (bullying, networking, sexting) and how such involvement becomes internalized (e.g., self-esteem, suicidal ideation). He joined Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 2015.

Recent Works/Projects

Oblad, T. (2019). Cyberbullying among emerging adults: Exploring prevalence, impact, and coping methods. International Journal of Criminology & Sociology, 8, 45-54.

Luera, P., & Oblad, T. (2019). Resolving miscommunication at home and at school: Addressing cyberbullying among youth in S. Panagiotis (Ed.), Issues of Theory and Research Methodology in Communication Education. Hauppauge, NY: Nova.

Title V I-Care Grant ($2500)

                August 2019-May 2020. Undergraduate Research Course Redesign. Exploring

                contemporary theories in child development and parenting practices.

Editor for: Understanding the Nature of CyberBullies and CyberVictims: Prevention, Research and Theory (Nova Publishers)

Research Interests

Cyberbullying and other online activities (deindividuation, sexting, social capital)

Suicidal Ideation/Prevention

Methodology (cross-cultural studies, qualitative approaches, mixed-methods)

Outreach and Community Service

Tim is an active research member with the Society for Cross-Cultural Research, American Society of Criminology, and regional Southwestern Social Science Association. Tim is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers. For service, Tim provides regular guest lectures across South Texas in several community venues and schools to students, educators and parents on cyberbullying, suicide, prevention, and parenting education training. Tim is also a certified AS+K? suicide prevention workshop leader.

Teaching Appointments (HDFS/HSCI)

Teaching Appointments (HDFS/HSCI)

2320 Foundations of Human Development

3333 Child Prevention & Intervention Strategies

2321 Prenatal, Infant, Toddler Development

4320 Family in Later Life

2322 Family & Community Health

4321 Development in Young Adulthood

2323 Marriage & Family Relations

4322 Family Theory

3320 Development of Early Childhood

4343 Special Topics in HDFS

3322 Parenthood

MKTG 5369 Risk & Reputation in a Digital Age

Contact Information

Department of Psychology & Sociology
Manning 233
MSC 177 Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202
voice: 361.593.2703

Twitter: @timoblad

Timothy Oblad