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Charlotte Cross
Extension Professor/Specialist, Youth & Family


Charlotte Cross joined UNH Cooperative Extension as an Extension Specialist in 1981. Prior to that time she taught at the Middle School, Junior High, High School and University levels.  She also has Cooperative Extension experience at the county and state level. Charlotte is active in efforts to strengthen individuals, families and communities through research-based education and information in the areas of Family and Community Development; Adolescent Issues; and Youth Risk and Protective Factors.  Her Youth Development Specialist efforts focus on providing leadership for 4-H Youth Development programming in the areas of Positive Youth Development, adolescence, and citizenship, along with directing the Operation:  Military Kids program.

Current Research

  • Development of confidence, social skills, communication techniques, self-esteem, leadership skills, competence, and mastery (necessary skills for building resiliency) in military youth while in a residential camp setting.

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Science: Family & Consumer Science Education, University of Maine

  • Masters of Science: Clothing, Textiles and Related Arts, Oregon State University


  • UNH Cooperative Extension Specialist: 4-H Youth Development

  • UNH Cooperative Extension Educator: Family Development

  • UNH Cooperative Extension Specialist: Textiles & Clothing/Home Environment

  • Extension Agent in Maine: Family & Consumer Science

  • Teacher at the Middle School, Junior High, High School and University Level in Maine, Oregon and Alabama

Professional Associations

  • American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America

  • National Association of Extension 4-H Agents

  • New Hampshire Association of Extension 4-H Agents

  • New Hampshire Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

  • New Hampshire Public Health Association

Program Specialty Areas

  • Positive Youth Development: a framework that focuses on the supports necessary to build the skills and competencies needed to prepare youth for a successful transition into adulthood. The contextual environment (e.g. peers, family, youth-serving agencies and organizations, schools, and the larger community) and their inter-relationships become contributing factors to the positive development of youth.

  • NH Operation: Military Kids: a collaborative effort to create networks of support for the “suddenly military” children of Guard and Reserve families; connect youth with recreational, social and educational programs; and foster community understanding about the impact of the deployment cycle on the military member, family, child and larger community.

  • Formerly responsible for the Teen Assessment Project (TAP): a community-based program to help parents, schools, youth-serving agencies and community leaders better support youth development. TAP provided local research-based information about youth in grades 7 through 12. Youth survey results provided a vehicle for youth, parent, school, and community education and action, help secure local funding, stimulate program and policy changes, and lead to changes in attitudes and behaviors that build assets/protective factors in families, schools, and communities.

Select Publications

  • Military Youth & Family Related Conferences: Workshop Proceedings

  • Banyard, V. L., & Cross, C. (2008). Consequences of teen dating violence: Understanding intervening variables in ecological context. Violence Against Women, 14, 998–1013.

  • Banyard, V. L., Cross, C., & Modecki, K. (2006). Interpersonal violence in adolescence: Ecological correlates of self-reported perpetration. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 21, 1314-1332.

  • Teen Assessment Project Community Reports

  • Teen Assessment Project Parent Newsletters: "Whose Kids? . . . Our Kids!" Titles include: Parent-Teen Communication; Teenagers' Use of Alcohol & Other Drugs; Teen Depression and Suicide; Teen Sexuality; Parent-Teen Relationships; Working Together: Youth, Families, Schools & Communities

Contact Information

Pettee Hall
55 College Road

Durham, NH 03824-2621 View Map

Phone: 603-862-2495
FAX: 603-862-0005
E-mail: charlotte.cross@unh.edu