Sterling Wall


Professor, Family and Consumer Sciences
Office: 242A CPS

Areas of Expertise 

  • Marriage and Family Relationships
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Gender Role Conflict

Current Undergraduate Classes Taught 

  • FCS 295 Professional Development & Ethics
  • HD 367 Intentional Intimacy
  • HD 372 Family Financial Management
  • HD 386 Family Resource Management
  • HD 395 Research
  • FCS 444 Helping Relationships

Current Graduate Classes Taught 

  • COL 710 Organization and Program Management

Research Interests

  • Marriage & Family Relationship Quality
  • Relationship Schema


  • Ph.D. Human Development & Family Studies, Auburn University, 2003
  • M.A. Counseling & Human Sciences, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, 1997
  • B.A. Economics, Brigham Young University, 1993

Professional Experience

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 2002-present
  • Co-Owner of Tomorrow’s Leaders, 2013-present

Selected Publications

  • Phillips, T., Wilmoth, J., Peterson, D., Wall, S., Buckley, R., & Phillips, L. (2013). Recollected parental care and fear of intimacy in emerging adults. The Family Journal, 21(3), 335-341.
  • Li, C., & Wall, S., Loy, M., & Schoonaert, K. (2012). Supporting international faculty: Perspectives of a tiger teacher who adapted to the American classroom, a colleague, and an administrator. To Improve the Academy, 31, 247-260.
  • Li, C., & Wall, S. (2012). I left home to see the world, now the whole world is my home. In Phase 3 e-book-Global sustainable development: A challenge for consumer citizens. International Federation of Home Economics. Retrieved November 26, 2012 from
  • Wall, S. (2011). Surprise! Your children still need and want you. In R. Keim (Ed.), Wisdoms for parents: Key ideas from parent educators. St. Paul, MN: National Council on Family Relations.

Research Projects

  • Invited co-author of 3rd edition of Families With Futures textbook. Will ultimately become sole author.