HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY STUDIES

School of Health and Human Sciences

The School of HHS

The school of HHS awards approximately 80 scholarships/fellowships each year.  For more information visit the HHS Scholarship page and the list of HDFS scholarships designated for and awarded to HDFS graduate students each year.

HHS Summer Assistantship Award

Assistantships support students in making progress toward their degree by using part of the summer to conduct research or to engage in other scholarly activities related to the student’s program of study.  Applications are due in February each year to the HDFS Graduate Program Director.

Departmental Funding

Conference Stipend Awards

Funding is available from the department for attending and presenting at conferences.

Vira Kivett Outstanding Graduate Publication Award

Each year, one HDFS graduate student is recognized with this award created by a former HDFS faculty member to recognize the best student peer-reviewed journal publication of the year.

Past Award Winners:

2022 Britany Alligood

Fletcher, A. C., & Alligood, B. N. (January 2022). “I definitely wouldn’t have been able to make it through college without my Dad’s money”: College students’ reflections regarding caregiver financial support. Emerging Adulthood.  https://journals-sagepub-com.libproxy.uncg.edu/doi/pdf/10.1177/21676968211066157

2021 Lauren Bailes

Bailes, L. G., & Leerkes, E. M. (2021). Maternal personality predicts insensitive maternal behaviors: Direct and indirect effects through causal attributions about infant distress. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 72. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ppdev.2020.101222

2020 Jessica Navarro

Navarro, J. L. & Tudge, J. R. H. (2020). What is gratitude? Ingratitude provides the answer. Human Development, 64, 83-96.

2018-2019 Marta Benito-Gomez

Benito-Gomez, M., Fletcher, A.C. & Buehler, C. (2019) Sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system functioning and experiences of peer exclusion: Links to internalizing problems in early adolescenceJournal of Abnormal Child Psycholy, 47, 633–644. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10802-018-0472-0

2017–2018 Pete Rehder

Rehder, P. D., Mills-Koonce, W. R., Willoughby, M. T., Garrett-Peters, P., Wagner, N. J., & The Family Life Project Key Investigators (2017). Emotion recognition deficits among children with conduct problems and callous-unemotional behaviors. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 41, 174 – 183. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecresq.2017.07.007

2016-2017 Margaret Whedon

Whedon, M., Perry, N. B., Calkins, S. D., & Bell, M. A. (2016). Changes in frontal EEG coherence across infancy predict cognitive abilities at age 3: The mediating role of attentional controlDevelopmental psychology52(9), 1341–1352. https://doi.org/10.1037/dev0000149

2015-2016 Hongjian Cao 

Cao, H., Mills-Koonce, W. R., Wood, C., & Fine, A. M. (2016).  Identity transformation during the transition to parenthood among same-sex couples: An ecological, stress-strategy-adaptation perspectiveJournal of Family Theory & Review. 8, 30-59. doi:10.1111/jftr.12124

2014-2015 Natalie Hengstebeck 

Hengstebeck, N. D., Helms, H. M., & Rodriguez, Y. (2015). Spouses’ gender role attitudes, wives’ employment status, and Mexican-origin husbands’ marital satisfactionJournal of Family Issues, 36(1), 111-132. doi: 10.1177/0192513X14547416

2014-2015 Angel Dunbar 

Dunbar, A. S., Perry, N. B., Cavanaugh, A. M., & Leerkes, E. M. (2015, July). African American Parents’ Racial and Emotion Socialization Profiles and Young Adults’ Emotional AdaptationCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 21(3), 409-19. doi: 10.1037/a0037546.

2013-2014 Jinni Su 

Su, J., & Supple, A. J. (2014). Parental, peer, school, and neighborhood influences on adolescent substance use: Direct and indirect effects and ethnic variationsJournal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 13(3), 227-46. doi: 10.1080/15332640.2013.847393

2012-2013 Nicole Brown Perry 

Perry, N. B., Nelson, J. A., Calkins, S. D., Leerkes, E. M., O’Brien, M., & Marcovitch, S. (2014). Early physiological regulation predicts the trajectory of externalizing behaviors across the preschool periodDevelopmental Psychobiology, 56(7), 1482-1491. doi:10.1002/dev.21228

2011-2012: Bethany Blair 

Blair, B. L., & Fletcher, A. C. (2011). “The only 13-year-old on planet earth without a cell phone”: Meanings of cell phones in early adolescents’ everyday livesJournal of Adolescent Research, 26, 155-177.

Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association provides two forms of funding, a Personal Development Fund (PDF) and a Thesis/Dissertation Fund (TDF).  Any graduate student attending a professional conference related to his/her academic area may apply for funds.  A student may receive 2 PDF awards in one fiscal year. In addition, you can receive one TDF for $300 for each graduate degree you receive at UNCG.