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Scenes from the Department of Human Development and Family Studies

Welcome to the

Department of Human Development
and Family Studies



Congratulations to Dr. Barbara Newman who received this years HSS Teaching Excellence Award and to Dr. Jing Xiao who received the HSS Research Excellence Award!


The Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDF) offers a wide range of innovative learning opportunities designed to immerse students in all types of educational, community and therapeutic settings. Through hands-on experiences working with individuals, families, and groups of all ages, students can gain an in-depth understanding of human development at all levels. HDF graduates possess the professional skills and experience that make them uniquely qualified to succeed in a range of career paths that enhance human potential across the lifespan.

HDF offers a range of opportunities to engage in hands on learning in the local community with people of all ages. Some examples include:

  • Observe children at the Child Development Centers
  • Counsel individuals, couples and families at the Couple and Family Clinic
  • Interact with lifelong learners and foster relationships across generations through the Gerontology Program
  • Participate in internships in a variety of community settings including schools, nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies
  • Study with professors who are engaged in long term relationships with the local community