Dr. M. H. Raza


Childhood Ed and Family Studies

Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
Childhood Ed and Family Studies
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897


Dr. Raza is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Childhood Education and Family Studies at Missouri State University. He teaches courses at the undergraduate level and the graduate level. Dr. Raza’s research focuses on an overarching theme of “Family, Work, and Community,” and the goal of his research is to strengthen families by fostering work-family relationships and functioning. Dr. Raza recently introduced the Multilevel Community Engagement Model to improve stakeholders’ engagement including families in community programs/projects to achieve positive outcomes and project sustainability. Dr. Raza has been working on developing Family Diversity Theory, which may help to understand and explain diverse family experiences in society. Dr. Raza uses quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, and action research techniques in his research. He has expertise in quantitative research methodologies and statistical modelings, such as multilevel modeling, structural equation modeling, and hierarchical linear modeling.



  • PhD, Family Studies, Montclair State University


  • Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE)


  • CFD 163 Relationships in Today's Families
  • CFD 361 Principles of Family Development
  • CFD 533 Principles of Family Life Education
  • CFD 534 Applied Interpersonal Communication Skills
  • CFD 761 Advanced Family Studies
  • ECE 727 Children and Families in a Diverse Society
  • ECE 771 Proposal Development
  • ECE 762 Seminar in Early Childhood and Family Development

Research and professional interests

Selected peer-reviewed publications

  • Raza, H. (2021). Social justice and community development: A new multilevel community engagement model to effectively work with families living in culturally-diverse communities in Pakistan. ASEAN Journal of Community Engagement. https://doi.org/10.7454/ajce.v5i1.1111
  • Raza, H., Grzywacz, J., Linver, M., van Eeden-Moorefield, B., & Lee, S. (2021). A longitudinal examination of work-family balance among working mothers in the United States: Testing bioecological theory. Journal of Family and Economic Issues. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10834-020-09747-z
  • Raza, H. (2020). The role of reflexivity in participatory action research to empower culturally diverse communities in Pakistan. Journal of Rural and Community Development, 15, 71–88. https://journals.brandonu.ca/jrcd/article/view/1671
  • Raza, H., van Eeden-Moorefield, B., Lee, S. & Lieberman, L. (2019), Contextual influences on contraception use among poor women in Pakistan. Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research, 14, 53-77. https://www.emerald.com/insight/
  • Raza, H., Linver, M., Lee, S., van Eeden-Moorefield, B., & Grzywacz, J. (Under Review). A content analysis of work-family conflict scholarship in the United States, 2010-2018. Family Science Review.
  • Raza, H. (2018). Participatory action research: Working beyond disaster towards prevention. Natural Hazards, 90 (1), 1-15. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-017-3114-x
  • Raza, H. (2017). Using a mixed method approach to discuss the intersectionalities of class, education, and gender in natural disasters for rural vulnerable communities in Pakistan. The Journal of Rural and Community Development, 12 (1), 128-148. http://journals.brandonu.ca/jrcd/issue/view/37