Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) is an interdisciplinary program focusing on the development of families and individuals across the life span. Students learn to identify factors that influence cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development through infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and later adulthood in the contexts of culture and family. Faculty research interests and expertise encompass the entire lifespan and embrace a range of interests at the intersection of basic and applied research. Faculty research areas include:
- Risk, Resilience, and Developmental Psychopathology
- Treatment, Intervention, and Prevention Science
- Emotion, Regulation, and Relational Processes
- Adult Development and Aging
- Cultural Context and Diversity
- Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods
HDFS has several opportunities for graduate study. The Ph.D. Program in Applied Developmental Science (ADS)offers graduate training in research and its application to issues that affect the quality of life of individuals, families, and communities.
At the Master's level, the Department offers a Master of Science degree in HDFS, with two different tracks: The Prevention Science program and the Marriage and Family Therapy program.