2021 University Receptions

Nov. 4, 7:30–9 p.m. CT | Sign Up By Oct. 8, 2021

The University Receptions was an event on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, from 7:30–9 p.m. CT showcasing university programs and connecting universities with prospective students and Alumni.

Thank You to Our 2021 Universities


Auburn University - Department of Human Development and Family Science

The mission of the Department of Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) at Auburn University is to generate, disseminate, and apply scientific knowledge of human, family, and community development. We focus on understanding and supporting optimal development across the lifespan using multidisciplinary approaches and cutting edge methodologies. Our core areas include the intersections of individuals, families, and communities, with a special focus on relationships and the biopsychosocial underpinnings of healthy development and well-being. We are committed to creating and applying knowledge to prevention and intervention efforts with the goal of assisting individuals, families, and communities in reaching their full potential.

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Alliant International University, Inc.

California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University

For more than 50 years, the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University has educated over 16,000 psychology students as one of the nation’s first free-standing schools of professional psychology. Today, our in-person and online psychology programs continue its commitment to preparing the next generation of mental health professionals and advocates. Our dedication to ensuring every community’s access to quality mental health care extends from integrated care to inclusive family therapy, and our students begin making an impact in the communities they serve from the moment they set foot in our classrooms.

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East Carolina University — Department of Human Development and Family Science

The Department of Human Development and Family Science at East Carolina University offers eight academic programs and a variety of experiences and opportunities for students. Our graduate programs include a Master of Science in Human Development and Family Science (HDFS), a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), and a Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Family Therapy (MedFT). Graduate students interested in Child Life should apply for our HDFS MS program. Our award winning faculty enthusiastically engage our students in and out of the classroom through interactive lectures, research collaboration, student organizations, community service projects, study abroad opportunities and other activities. Much of our faculty’s research can be found in national and international publications and has been presented at regional, national and international conferences.

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Kansas State University — Department of Applied Human Sciences

The Applied Human Sciences Department at Kansas State University Offers a variety of academic programs that address the health and well- Being of individuals and families. Programs within the department include Master’s and PhD programs in Applied Family Science and Couple and Family Therapy, and an online Family and Community Services Master’s Program.

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ISU Iowa

Iowa State University — Department of Human Development and Family Studies

Make a Difference. The mission of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies is to have a positive impact on the quality of life for individuals and families across the lifespan, as well as for schools and communities through research, teaching, extension and outreach, and service. As an M.S. or Ph.D. student at Iowa State, you will have the opportunity to be involved in research and service with a purpose.

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Purdue University — Department of Human Development and Family Studies

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies contributes to the well-being of individuals and families across the life course and in diverse contexts by generating knowledge; by preparing specialists for research, teaching, leadership, and professional practice; and by strengthening the interconnections of research, practice, and policy.

The department is widely regarded as a leader in the study of children and families. The department's academic programs prepare specialists at the bachelor's and PhD levels. Faculty conduct significant research on a range of critical issues facing individuals and families in today's society. And, the department employs innovative outreach efforts that extend knowledge to policymakers, employers, professionals, and citizens in Indiana and beyond.

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Syracuse Falk

Syracuse University — Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics

Syracuse University’s David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics at Syracuse University is dedicated to excellence in professional academic education. Falk College brings together a rich history of academic programs whose signatures of social responsibility and justice join new and evolving majors reflective of educating global citizens whose leadership changes the places and people where they live and work.

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Texas Woman's University — Department of Human Development, Family Studies & Counseling

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of families and individuals? Our programs will help you develop research and leadership skills with a focus on personal and civic responsibility. We prepare you for a career as a certified family life educator, professional counselor, child life specialist, marriage and family therapist and more.

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UM Maryland

University of Maryland — Department of Family Science, School of Public Health

Located just eight miles from the nation’s capital, the Department of Family Science at the University of Maryland offers four programs: Ph.D. degrees in Maternal & Child Health and Family Science; M.S. Couple & Family Therapy; B.S. Family Science. The Family Science program provides interdisciplinary training in research, theory, policy and practice relevant to the health and well-being of families in contemporary society.

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Human Development and Family Science at University of Missouri

University of Missouri — Department of Human Development and Family Science

HDFS at Mizzou offers undergraduate and graduate students hands-on training in research, teaching, and service. We offer several undergraduate and graduate degree options, both on campus and online, that can lead to careers in research, college or university teaching, industry, government agencies, or to administrative positions in public and private institutions. At the graduate level, students can enhance their service careers in family and community services or positive youth development by earning a Master's degree completely online. Our research-intensive on-campus PhD program consistently graduates faculty members to positions at Doctoral/Research Extensive Universities across the country. We are extremely proud of our alumni and invite you to join our list.

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University of Tennessee, Knoxville — Dept of Child and Family Studies

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville (UT Knoxville) was founded in 1794 and is one of the oldest public land-grant universities in the country. UT Knoxville is a vibrant and diverse urban campus, located in the heart of Knoxville. UT Knoxville is the flagship campus for the UT system and has the Carnegie Classification of Research University (Very High Research Activity). The city of Knoxville has a beautiful and walkable downtown, active neighborhoods, and eclectic cultural activities, restaurants, and shopping. The Knoxville metropolitan area has a population of more than 857,000 and is located within easy driving distance of Asheville, Atlanta, Nashville, and the Great Smoky Mountains. For more information about UT and Knoxville, please visit: http://www.utk.edu/aboutut

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Utah State University

Utah State University — Department of Human Development and Family Studies

Please join us at the reception for Utah State University, department of Human Development and Family Studies. We would love to talk with students who are interested in learning about our graduate programs (Master of Science, Master of Marriage and Family Therapy, and PhD). We are actively recruiting for all programs and can talk with students about assistantship opportunities and tuition waivers. We would also like to chat with anyone wanting to know about some of the exciting research coming out of our department.

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Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech — Department of Human Development and Family Science

The Department of Human Development and Family Science at Virginia Tech is committed to understanding and improving the lives of people of all ages through our education, research, and outreach activities. We strive to accomplish the following in all our endeavors:

  • Build caring communities for learning and working with each other, with students, and with the people we serve;
  • Accept and value diversity; we appreciate differences in people, families, and ideas;
  • Convey that every family has value and that learning should take place in an environment of mutual respect and tolerance;
  • Provide opportunities to learn how to help people live and work in caring relationships, families, organizations, and communities;
  • Facilitate the acquisition of knowledge and skills that will help people resolve individual, interpersonal, family, organization, and social problems.

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