Human Development and Family Studies

School of Health and Human Sciences

Welcome to the Department of Human Development and Family Studies

                      Equity – Integrity – Community – Intentionality:

Values that define our purpose and guide our commitment to children, youth, adults, and families.

Our three-fold mission is to educate, disseminate research and impact practices.  We focus on how people and relationships change over time and the influence of contexts on change.   This allows us to enhance the quality of life for individuals across the lifespan within their changing relationships and across diverse contexts reflected in

  • exceptional research and scholarship, with attention to understanding and meeting the needs of oppressed and vulnerable individuals and families,
  • outstanding teaching and mentoring to prepare the next generation of leaders in the profession, and
  • active community engagement and intervention.

To get to know us, I invite you:

As current and future students, to explore our undergraduate programs (and the many career options), and our nationally renowned graduate programs;

As researchers, to review the breadth of theoretically-based and contextually-rich research for expanding new knowledge and collaborative possibilities; and

As practitioners, to explore our work on developmentally appropriate interventions and practices that can support your efforts and initiatives.

I look forward to us connecting across these areas in facilitating supportive opportunities and positive trajectories for individuals and families!

Dena Phillips Swanson, PhD

Department Chair