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2019-2020 University Catalog 
2019-2020 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Human Development and Family Studies (Graduate)

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Department/School Head:

Doran C. French

Academic Programs:

Ph.D. Program

Students are admitted to the doctoral degree program. Students may, but are not required to, receive a master’s degree in the process of completing doctoral requirements.

Human Development & Family Studies, PHD

Human Development Family Studies/Gerontology, PHD 


The HDFS graduate program prepares scholars to define problems and conduct innovative and rigorous research that informs policies and practices aimed at promoting the health and well-being of individuals and families. A central focus of the program is to develop skills to study the complex interplay of biological, developmental, interpersonal, and contextual determinants that protect and/or undermine the health and well-being of individuals and families across their life course. The doctoral program emphasizes integration and critical evaluation of research as well as the use of sophisticated methodologies that advance discovery and implementation of novel approaches to better the lives of individuals and families across multiple social contexts.


Regular Graduate Faculty by Rank:


French, Doran
Knopik, Valerie
MacDermid Wadsworth, Shelley
Posada, German
Shields, Cleveland

Associate Professor

Christ, Sharon 
Franks, Melissa
Friedman, Elliot
Nichols, Deborah
Purpura, David
Schmitt, Sara
Schwichtenberg, A.J.
Taylor, Zoe

Assistant Professor

Duncan, Robert
Eason, Sarah 
Lougheed, Jessica
Marceau, Kristine
McCormick, Carolyn
Moding, Kameron 

Clinical Associate Professor

Dobbs-Oates, Jennifer
Watkins, Natasha

Clinical Assistant Professor

Elias, Cezanne
Purcell, Megan




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