This graduate program prepares you to define problems and conduct innovative and rigorous research that informs policies and practices aimed at helping individuals and families thrive. You will develop the skills needed to study the biological, developmental, interpersonal and contextual determinants that protect and/or undermine the health and well-being of individuals and families throughout their lives.
The graduate program emphasizes sophisticated methodologies and novel approaches to advance discovery and better the lives of individuals and families across multiple social contexts.
You will have opportunities to work closely with faculty members to advance research across three main developmental periods: infancy and childhood, adolescence and adulthood and aging.
Research is an important component of the human development and family studies graduate program, allowing you to develop interventions and frameworks that will benefit individuals and families throughout their lives.
The transition from childhood to adulthood
Social, emotional, familial factors that contribute to adult development
Early childhood developmental trajectories of children at risk for autism
Parenting and parent-child relationships
Individual, family and home factors and child development