The Department of Human Development and Family Studies

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Committed To Teaching Excellence and Cutting-Edge Research

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies houses a diverse collection of scholars with content expertise in family interactions and human development in a variety of settings. This interdisciplinary approach to the study of human interactions provides excellent training at both the undergraduate and graduate levels of education.

Meet our Faculty
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Highlighting Kimra Ross

Kimra Ross is one of our Human Development and Family Studies statewide graduates (2017) who found a fulfilling career while completing her practicum experience at Prime Time 4 Kids in Vernal, Utah.

Identifying Stress in Dementia Caregivers

On a research journey inspired by her family's experience with Alzheimer's disease, Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Research Center faculty affiliate Yin Liu uses biological markers to study stress in individuals who care for loved ones with dementia.

Highlighting Amanda Christensen

Amanda Christensen graduated from the HDFS department in 2008 with an emphasis in Family Finance. She also completed a Master’s degree from the department in 2010. Amanda is currently an Extension Professor with Utah State University specializing in per

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