Jori Coll Sechrist
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Office Phone: (956) 665-7843


  • Parent-adult child relationships
  • In-law relationships
  • Caregiving
  • Race differences in family relationships

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Dr. Jori Sechrist earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from Purdue University in 2008. She is an Assistant Professor at The University of Texas-Pan American. Dr. Sechrist's areas of expertise include family studies. Her research focuses on the study of relationship quality and exchange of support and caregiving in intergenerational family relationships. She studied relationships between mothers and their adult children and examined race differences in family processes. She also has expertise in sibling relationships, grandparent-grandchild relationships and in-law relationships.

Recent publications:

  • Sechrist, Jori, J. Jill Suitor, Catherine Riffin, Kadari Taylor-Watson, Karl Pillemer. 2011. "Race and Older Mothers' Differentiation: A Sequential Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis." Journal of Family Psychology, 25(6): 837-846.
  • Abrahamson, Kathleen, Karl Pillemer, Jori Sechrist and J. Jill Suitor. 2011. "Does Race Influence Conflict Between Nursing Home Staff and the Family Members of Residents?" Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 66: 750-755.
  • Sechrist, Jori, J. Jill Suitor, Nicholas Vargas, and Karl Pillemer. 2011. "The Role of Religious Similarity in the Quality of Parent-Child Relations: Differences within Families and Between Races" Research on Aging, 33 (1): 3-27. PMCID.
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