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Jessica Troilo, PhD

Associate Dean for Research, Engagement, and Faculty Affairs

Associate Professor

Professional Highlights

  • Co-authored over 30 book chapters and journal articles and delivered over 60 presentations on family processes.
  • Co-creator and trainer of a professional development program offered across West Virginia to support professionals impacted by addiction.
  • Expert blogger, Psychology Today since 2017.


  • PhD, Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri
  • MS, Family Mediation, University of Missouri
  • BA, Economics, Allegheny College


  • Excellence in Community Engagement Award finalist, West Virginia University, 2023
  • Big 12 Faculty Fellowship, 2015
  • Best Paper, National Council on Family Relations, 2013, 2014

Areas of Expertise

  • Family Systems
  • Post-Divorce Families
  • Fatherhood Identities
  • Stereotypes of Family Members
  • Qualitative Data-Analysis

Research Interests

  • Cultural conceptions of family members, particularly fathers.
  • Post-divorce coparenting and family interactions.
  • Divorced father coparenting and involvement.
  • Impacts of addiction on family systems.

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Jessica Troilo serves as the Associate Dean of Research, Engagement, and Faculty Affairs in the College of Applied Human Sciences and is an Associate Professor in the School of Counseling and Well-being.

Troilo received her BA in Economics from Allegheny College (Meadville, PA; 2000), and her MS in Family Mediation (2005) and PhD in Human Environmental Sciences (2009) from the University of Missouri. Her research areas of interest are cultural conceptions of family members, particularly of fathers with diverse marital and parental statuses, and post-divorce father involvement and family interaction. More recently, she and her colleagues are pursuing a better understanding of how professionals who directly engage with children from families with addiction are impacted. She has authored over 35 journal articles and book chapters, delivered more than 60 state, regional, national and international presentations, and collaborated on over $1.25 million in funding in these areas. Troilo resides in Morgantown with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.