Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Jasna Jovanovic

Jasna Jovanovic


Director, University Honors Program

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Contact Information


  • Ph.D., M.S., Human Development & Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University
  • B.S., Psychology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Courses Taught

  • CD/PSY 306 Adolescence
  • CD 329 Research Methods in Child Development
  • CD 350 Developmental Issues in Education
  • PSY 256 Developmental Psychology

Research Interests

My area of research focuses on emerging adult intimate relationships. Relationship formation is a key feature of emerging adulthood. It can involve divergent pathways that include both committed and non-committed relationships. At the same time, emerging adults are also exploring their identities. Therefore, the focus of my work considers the simultaneous and reciprocal influences of the processes of identity and intimacy exploration during this stage of life.
Selected Publications/Professional Activities


  • Jovanovic, J., & Williams, C. J. (in press). Sexuality in modern times: A feminist and queer theoretical perspective on sex and sexuality in emerging adulthood. In A. Moyer & M. Hojjat (Eds.), Modern relationships: The evolution of romance, friendship, and family. Oxford University Press.
  • Jovanovic, J., & Williams, C. J. (2019). Emerging Adulthood. In A. D. Lykins (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Sexuality and Gender. Springer, Cham.
  • Jovanovic, J., & Williams, J. C. (2018). Gender, sexual agency, and friends with benefits relationships. Sexuality & Culture, 22, 555-576.
  • Armstrong, M. A., & Jovanovic, J. (2017). The intersectional matrix: Rethinking institutional change for URM women in STEM. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 10, 216-231.
  • Williams, J.C. & Jovanovic, J. (2015). Third wave feminism and emerging adult sexuality: Friends with benefits relationships. Sexuality & Culture, 19, 157-171.

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