Maureen Perry-Jenkins is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and past director of the Center for the Family at UMass. She received her doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies from Pennsylvania State University. Her main research interests are in the area of work and family and her most recent research focuses on working-class families and the transition to parenthood for dual- earner families, on which she has published widely. Maureen and her colleagues recently completed a five-year, longitudinal study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health: “The Work and Family Transitions Project”. This study examined the transition to parenthood and transition back to paid employment for working-class couples. She was recently awarded a second grant from NIMH to follow-up on this fascinating study and to replicate the study with three new samples: 1) African-American, two-parent families, 2) African-American, single-mother families, and 3) European-American single-mother families.