Libby Balter Blume, Ph.D., CFLE
Professor of Psychology
Director of Developmental Psychology
- Ph.D., Texas Tech University
- M.A., San Francisco State University
- B.A., University of California at Davis
Professor of Psychology, Blume teaches courses in child development, family relations, environmental psychology, creativity and giftedness, architecture and community development, and women's and gender studies. She directs the undergraduate programs in Developmental Psychology and Certified Family Life Education and co-directed the Community Development graduate program. Blume is a past recipient of the Award of Excellence from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Meritorious Service Award from the National Council on Family Relations.
Blume's research interests are adolescents' social constructions of gender and ethnicity and feminist theory in family studies. She is the co-author of two textbooks on middle childhood and adolescence, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Family Theory and Review, and founding editor of the Michigan Family Review and the Groves Monographs on Marriage & Family. Co-curator of the Women's and Gender Studies Biennial Art Exhibition, Dr. Blume also has a background in fine arts and creative arts education. She has extensive experience as an art educator, preschool teacher, child development center director, and consultant to Head Start programs and to schools for gifted children from elementary to high school.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Davis, a Master of Arts from San Francisco State University, and a doctorate from Texas Tech University. She came to Detroit Mercy in 1987 and also serves as an adjunct professor for University of Detroit Mercy's School of Architecture.
Courses Taught at Detroit Mercy
- Child and Human Development
- Human Relationships and Parenting
- Community Development
- Environmental Psychology
- Visual Communication
Journal of Family Theory & Review
Blume, L. B., & Blume, T. W. (2003). Toward a dialectical model of family gender discourse: Body, identity, and sexuality. Journal of Marriage and Family, 65(4), 785-794.
Wautier, G., & Blume, L. B. (2004). Effects of identity, gender role, and attachment on depression and anxiety in young adults. Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 4(1), 55-72.
De Reus, L. A., Few, A. M., & Blume, L. B. (2005). Multicultural and critical race feminisms: Theorizing families in the third wave. In V. Bengtson, A. Acock, K. Allen, P. Dilworth-Anderson & D. Klein (Eds.), Sourcebook of family theory and research (pp. 447-468). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Oswald, R. F., Blume, L. B., & Marks, S. (2005). Decentering heteronormativity: A model for family studies. In V. Bengtson, A. Acock, K. Allen, P. Dilworth-Anderson & D. Klein (Eds.), Sourcebook of family theory and research (pp. 143-165). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Blume, L. B., & Zembar, M. J. (2007). Middle childhood to middle adolescence: Development from Ages 8 to 18. Columbus, OH: Prentice Hall.
Blume, L. B., & De Reus, L. A. (2008). Transnational families and the social construction of identity: Whiteness matters. R. L. Dalla, J. DeFrain, J. Johnson & D. Abbott (Eds.), Strengths and challenges of new immigrant families: Implications for research, policy, education, and service (pp. 71-90). New York, NY: Lexington.
Zembar, M. J., & Blume, L. B. (2009). Middle childhood development: A contextual approach. Columbus, OH: Prentice Hall.
Blume, L. B., & De Reus, L. A. (2009). Resisting whiteness: Autoethnography and the dialectics of ethnicity and privilege. In S. Lloyd, A. L. Few, & K. Allen (Eds.), Handbook of feminist family studies (pp. 43-55). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Oswald, R. F., Kuvalanka, K., Blume, L. B., & Berkowitz, D. (2009). Queering .the family.. In S. Lloyd, A. L. Few, & K. Allen (Eds.), Handbook of feminist family studies (pp. 205-219). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
De Reus, L. A., & Blume, L. B. (Eds.) (2010). Social, economic, and environmental justice: Speaking out and standing up for families. Groves Monographs on Marriage & Family, Vol. 1. Ann Arbor, MI: MPublishing.
Blume, L. B., Sani, A., & Ads, M. (2011). Arab immigrant families. In S. Ballard & A. Taylor (Eds.), Family life education with diverse populations (211-233). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Blume, L. B. (2013). [De]forming the figure: Spatial embodiment in architectural representation. Dichotomy, 19, 116-135.
Blume, L. B. (2014). Middle childhood. In H. Montgomery (Ed.), Childhood studies. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.
Sharp, E., & Blume, L. B. (2016). Feminist perspectives on families. In C. L. Shehan (Ed.), Encyclopedia of family studies. New York: Wiley-Blackwell.
Blume, L. B., & Rosario-Perez, S. (2016). Middle childhood. In C. L. Shehan (Ed.), Encyclopedia of family studies. New York: Wiley-Blackwell.
Blume, L. B. (2013, November). Methodologies of discomfort: The travails and triumphs of a transdisciplinary dance/family studies project. Discussant, Theory Construction and Research Methodology Workshop, National Council on Family Relations, San Antonio, TX.
Blume, L. B. (2015, November). How to publish in NCFR journals. Panel member at the annual meetings of the National Council on Family Relations. Vancouver, BC.
Blume, L. B. (2016, November). Family theories: Past, present, future. Discussant, Theory Construction and Research Methodology Workshop, National Council on Family Relations, Minneapolis, MN.
Organizations / AffiliationsEditor in chief, Journal of Family Theory & Review