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Rachel Hollingsworth graduated from the HDFS program in May 2020. Drawn to the program's focus on human development and family dynamics, Rachel found her passion in supporting others' growth and development.
Alumni Spotlight: Rachel Hollingsworth

Alumni Spotlight: Rachel Hollingsworth

Rachel Hollingsworth graduated from the HDFS program in May 2020. Drawn to the program's focus on human development and family dynamics, Rachel found her passion in supporting others' growth and development.

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Julie's passion for HDFS blossomed after taking an introductory class. Inspired by her experience working with children with autism, she dedicated herself to learning how to best serve their needs.
Alumni Spotlight: Julie Herdt

Alumni Spotlight: Julie Herdt

Julie's passion for HDFS blossomed after taking an introductory class. Inspired by her experience working with children with autism, she dedicated herself to learning how to best serve their needs.

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Kami, a proud graduate of the HDFS program in 2022, has found her calling as an Early Childhood Consultant at The Children's Center Utah.
Alumni Spotlight: Kami Mauldin

Alumni Spotlight: Kami Mauldin

Kami, a proud graduate of the HDFS program in 2022, has found her calling as an Early Childhood Consultant at The Children's Center Utah.

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The Child Development Lab in the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services is arguably among the most coveted early-childhood programs for Cache Valley families. Since it began in the 1940s, it is estimated that the lab has educated more t
Educating Children Through Play at the Adele and Dale Young Child Development Lab

Educating Children Through Play at the Adele and Dale Young Child Development Lab

The Child Development Lab in the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services is arguably among the most coveted early-childhood programs for Cache Valley families. Since it began in the 1940s, it is estimated that the lab has educated more t...

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Katie and Michael King both completed the HDFS undergraduate program in 2015, and Michael later completed a master’s degree (2017) and PhD (2023). The Kings exemplify the transformative impact of their education in their respective careers.
Alumni Spotlight; Katie and Michael King

Alumni Spotlight; Katie and Michael King

Katie and Michael King both completed the HDFS undergraduate program in 2015, and Michael later completed a master’s degree (2017) and PhD (2023). The Kings exemplify the transformative impact of their education in their respective careers.

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Kelsey Kaufusi, a Human Development and Family Studies undergraduate in the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services at USU, became the first-ever Utah State Aggie to be selected in the National Women’s Soccer League draft in January 2024
HDFS Undergrad Kelsey Kaufusi Drafted to the National Women’s Soccer League

HDFS Undergrad Kelsey Kaufusi Drafted to the National Women’s Soccer League

Kelsey Kaufusi, a Human Development and Family Studies undergraduate in the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services at USU, became the first-ever Utah State Aggie to be selected in the National Women’s Soccer League draft in January 2024...

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Brenna Merrill is an HDFS graduate making a difference in global humanitarian efforts as a Data Analyst for the Humanitarian Division of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Alumni Spotlight: Brenna Merrill

Alumni Spotlight: Brenna Merrill

Brenna Merrill is an HDFS graduate making a difference in global humanitarian efforts as a Data Analyst for the Humanitarian Division of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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McKenzie Walsh, a 2017 HDFS graduate, has embarked on a fulfilling career as a Certified HUD Housing Counselor at USU Extension in Salt Lake County. Drawing on the comprehensive knowledge gained from completing the family finance emphasis, McKenzie dedica
Alumni Spotlight: McKenzie Walsh

Alumni Spotlight: McKenzie Walsh

McKenzie Walsh, a 2017 HDFS graduate, has embarked on a fulfilling career as a Certified HUD Housing Counselor at USU Extension in Salt Lake County. Drawing on the comprehensive knowledge gained from completing the family finance emphasis, McKenzie dedica...

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A partnership between researchers and an innovative business are working to improve early dementia detection with a simple, noninvasive motor test. The test has already been shown to detect neuropathology and neurodegeneration in older adults who exhibit
ADRC Director Partners With Small Business to Develop Early Dementia Screening Test

ADRC Director Partners With Small Business to Develop Early Dementia Screening Test

A partnership between researchers and an innovative business are working to improve early dementia detection with a simple, noninvasive motor test. The test has already been shown to detect neuropathology and neurodegeneration in older adults who exhibit ...

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Carmelita Salas works with the Neighborhood Nonprofit Housing Corporation in the Owner Builder program and plays a crucial role in guiding families through the process of building their homes.
Alumni Spotlight: Carmelita Salas

Alumni Spotlight: Carmelita Salas

Carmelita Salas works with the Neighborhood Nonprofit Housing Corporation in the Owner Builder program and plays a crucial role in guiding families through the process of building their homes.

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Meet Leslie Buxton, a 2013 graduate of Utah State University's HDFS department, whose journey over the past eleven years reflects the versatile and impactful nature studying human development and family relationships.
Alumni Spotlight: Leslie Buxton

Alumni Spotlight: Leslie Buxton

Meet Leslie Buxton, a 2013 graduate of Utah State University's HDFS department, whose journey over the past eleven years reflects the versatile and impactful nature studying human development and family relationships.

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Brittany has co-founded Project STAND, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing exploitation by empowering youth and parents to navigate technology responsibly.
Alumni Spotlight: Brittany Homer

Alumni Spotlight: Brittany Homer

Brittany has co-founded Project STAND, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing exploitation by empowering youth and parents to navigate technology responsibly.

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At the beginning of the year, many people reflect on the previous year and anticipate the year ahead. Now is the perfect time to make “relationship resolutions” to become a better spouse or partner. Consider these tips to become better together in 2024
Ask an Expert — Four Relationship Resolutions to Add Spark to the New Year

Ask an Expert — Four Relationship Resolutions to Add Spark to the New Year

At the beginning of the year, many people reflect on the previous year and anticipate the year ahead. Now is the perfect time to make “relationship resolutions” to become a better spouse or partner. Consider these tips to become better together in 2024

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Brian Higginbotham, a USU professor in the Human Development and Family Studies Department has devoted years of his research and studies to bringing the InsideOut Dad program to jails and state correctional facilities throughout Utah.
InsideOut Dad Program Provides Second Chances for Utah’s Incarcerated

InsideOut Dad Program Provides Second Chances for Utah’s Incarcerated

Brian Higginbotham, a USU professor in the Human Development and Family Studies Department has devoted years of his research and studies to bringing the InsideOut Dad program to jails and state correctional facilities throughout Utah.

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The Science Behind Service: Exploring the Psychology of Selfless Acts. USU assistant professor Andy Harris hopes to shed light on key factors that contribute to our sense of social responsibility.
The Science Behind Service: Exploring the Psychology of Selfless Acts

The Science Behind Service: Exploring the Psychology of Selfless Acts

The Science Behind Service: Exploring the Psychology of Selfless Acts. USU assistant professor Andy Harris hopes to shed light on key factors that contribute to our sense of social responsibility.

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USU’s HDFS students get the opportunity to participate in a practicum at agencies within the community to help them refine their career interests based on their aptitudes and interests.
USU’s HDFS Students Have the Opportunity to Participate in a Practicum at Agencies Within the Community

USU’s HDFS Students Have the Opportunity to Participate in a Practicum at Agencies Within the Community

USU’s HDFS students get the opportunity to participate in a practicum at agencies within the community to help them refine their career interests based on their aptitudes and interests.

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During Utah State University’s latest Blue Plate Research presentation, Elizabeth Fauth reminded the audience of the ubiquity of dementia.
USU's Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Research

USU's Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Research

During Utah State University’s latest Blue Plate Research presentation, Elizabeth Fauth reminded the audience of the ubiquity of dementia.

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Ryan Seedall, newly appointed director of the Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program, shares how USU prepares future clinicians for successful careers while helping community members access affordable clinical therapy and mental health services.
USU’s Marriage and Family Therapy Program Expands Community Access to Clinical Services

USU’s Marriage and Family Therapy Program Expands Community Access to Clinical Services

Ryan Seedall, newly appointed director of the Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program, shares how USU prepares future clinicians for successful careers while helping community members access affordable clinical therapy and mental health services.

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As Elizabeth Fauth, professor of Human Development and Family Studies at USU, began working on a collaborative effort to pursue state funding for a research center focusing on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Research Center Celebrates 1st Anniversary

Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Research Center Celebrates 1st Anniversary

As Elizabeth Fauth, professor of Human Development and Family Studies at USU, began working on a collaborative effort to pursue state funding for a research center focusing on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia

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Tasha Howard is an Extension Assistant Professor and completed both a bachelor’s and master’s degree with the HDFS department. She has created new and innovative programs for both Idaho and Utah, and taught thousands of community members, presented at loc
Highlighting Tasha Howard

Highlighting Tasha Howard

Tasha Howard is an Extension Assistant Professor and completed both a bachelor’s and master’s degree with the HDFS department. She has created new and innovative programs for both Idaho and Utah, and taught thousands of community members, presented at loc...

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When Lucas Martin learned about the emphasis in Family Finance in the HDFS department, he loved the idea of “empowering others to make positive changes in their personal finances.” He quickly decided it was a good fit for him.
Highlighting Lucas Martin

Highlighting Lucas Martin

When Lucas Martin learned about the emphasis in Family Finance in the HDFS department, he loved the idea of “empowering others to make positive changes in their personal finances.” He quickly decided it was a good fit for him.

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Sabrina Trimble is a Global Outreach Strategist for Saprea, a nonprofit organization that helps liberate individuals and society from child sexual abuse and its lasting impacts. Sabrina was involved in the HDFS department as an Undergraduate Teaching Fell
Highlighting Sabrina Trimble

Highlighting Sabrina Trimble

Sabrina Trimble is a Global Outreach Strategist for Saprea, a nonprofit organization that helps liberate individuals and society from child sexual abuse and its lasting impacts. Sabrina was involved in the HDFS department as an Undergraduate Teaching Fell...

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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.
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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.

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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.
Identifying Stress in Dementia Caregivers

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.

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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
Highlighting Amanda Christensen

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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HDFS researchers Kay Bradford and Brian Higginbotham are studying teens' relationship styles to identify how relationship education can help adolescents build healthier current and future relationships.
Forbes: Research Explains Teenage Templates of Love

Forbes: Research Explains Teenage Templates of Love

HDFS researchers Kay Bradford and Brian Higginbotham are studying teens' relationship styles to identify how relationship education can help adolescents build healthier current and future relationships.

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We are excited to highlight Emily Pitt Mendoza! Emily graduated in 2013 from the Human Development and Family Studies department, Logan campus, and currently works as an elementary school counselor. Part of her work includes teaching curriculum-based soci
Highlighting Emily Pitt Mendoza

Highlighting Emily Pitt Mendoza

We are excited to highlight Emily Pitt Mendoza! Emily graduated in 2013 from the Human Development and Family Studies department, Logan campus, and currently works as an elementary school counselor. Part of her work includes teaching curriculum-based soci...

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Shawn Whiteman recently received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how pandemic-induced challenges for families might impact adolescent development, especially with regard to substance use.
Shawn Whiteman receives $1M Grant to Study Pandemic-Related Substance Use in Families

Shawn Whiteman receives $1M Grant to Study Pandemic-Related Substance Use in Families

Shawn Whiteman recently received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how pandemic-induced challenges for families might impact adolescent development, especially with regard to substance use.

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In July 2022, the new Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Research Center (ADRD) opened at Utah State University. To commemorate the opening, ADRD Director and HDFS Professor Beth Fauth wanted to create art that could be used in the new center offices (EDUC
Merging Art and HDFS

Merging Art and HDFS

In July 2022, the new Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Research Center (ADRD) opened at Utah State University. To commemorate the opening, ADRD Director and HDFS Professor Beth Fauth wanted to create art that could be used in the new center offices (EDUC...

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Working Collaboratively to Develop Programs and Improve Lives of Indigenous Adolescent Mothers and Their Children in Ecuador
Working Collaboratively to Develop Programs and Improve Lives of Indigenous Adolescent Mothers and Their Children in Ecuador

Working Collaboratively to Develop Programs and Improve Lives of Indigenous Adolescent Mothers and Their Children in Ecuador

Working Collaboratively to Develop Programs and Improve Lives of Indigenous Adolescent Mothers and Their Children in Ecuador

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Dr. Travis Dorsch, who was honored with the Early Career Distinguished Scholar Award from the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, spoke at the Society's annual conference this summer.
Early Career Scholar Awardee Travis Dorsch Speaks at Annual NASPSPA Conference

Early Career Scholar Awardee Travis Dorsch Speaks at Annual NASPSPA Conference

Dr. Travis Dorsch, who was honored with the Early Career Distinguished Scholar Award from the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, spoke at the Society's annual conference this summer.

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In recognition of a long career of contributions to the field of marriage and family therapy, Dr. Scot Allgood was presented with the Utah Association for Marriage and Family Therapy's lifetime achievement award at their Spring conference.
Scot Allgood Receives UAMFT Lifetime Achievement Award

Scot Allgood Receives UAMFT Lifetime Achievement Award

In recognition of a long career of contributions to the field of marriage and family therapy, Dr. Scot Allgood was presented with the Utah Association for Marriage and Family Therapy's lifetime achievement award at their Spring conference.

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The Human Development and Family Studies department has one of the largest research faculty in USU’s College of Education and Human Services. Our students get to know who we are and what we’re passionate about by taking our graduate and undergraduate clas
One of the Largest Research Faculty in USU's College of Education and Human Services

One of the Largest Research Faculty in USU's College of Education and Human Services

The Human Development and Family Studies department has one of the largest research faculty in USU’s College of Education and Human Services. Our students get to know who we are and what we’re passionate about by taking our graduate and undergraduate clas...

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Oftentimes as parents or partners, we find ourselves so concerned for those we love, so instinctively desirous for their well-being, that we neglect ourselves in order to care for them.
Self Check Up

Self Check Up

Oftentimes as parents or partners, we find ourselves so concerned for those we love, so instinctively desirous for their well-being, that we neglect ourselves in order to care for them.

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While the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged many of our lives, one thing we can do to help stay healthy is to have a good night sleep. Sleep is the one activity we spend most of our life doing, compared to working, eating, and school.
Are you Sleeping?

Are you Sleeping?

While the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged many of our lives, one thing we can do to help stay healthy is to have a good night sleep. Sleep is the one activity we spend most of our life doing, compared to working, eating, and school.

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The Family Finance program in the HDFS department prepares students to take the Accredited Financial Counseling (AFC) exam through the Association of Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE). Every year, AFCPE has a symposium and students are
The Family Finance Program in the HDFS Department Prepares Students to Take the Accredited Financial Counseling (AFC) Exam

The Family Finance Program in the HDFS Department Prepares Students to Take the Accredited Financial Counseling (AFC) Exam

The Family Finance program in the HDFS department prepares students to take the Accredited Financial Counseling (AFC) exam through the Association of Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE). Every year, AFCPE has a symposium and students are

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The USU Human Development and Family Studies department (HDFS) offers many valuable General Education courses; in particular, the Balancing Work and Family Course (HDFS 1010).
Balancing Work and Family Course

Balancing Work and Family Course

The USU Human Development and Family Studies department (HDFS) offers many valuable General Education courses; in particular, the Balancing Work and Family Course (HDFS 1010).

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Many have noted changes in the employment sector in the last year or so, with many companies seeming to be short staffed. This appears to be the case in the professional helping field in northern Utah.
Employment Opportunities Benefit Undergraduate Practicum Students

Employment Opportunities Benefit Undergraduate Practicum Students

Many have noted changes in the employment sector in the last year or so, with many companies seeming to be short staffed. This appears to be the case in the professional helping field in northern Utah.

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Healthy Relationships Utah, directed by Dr. Brian Higginbotham, offers free research-based relationship education courses throughout the state.
The Postdocs of Healthy Relationships Utah

The Postdocs of Healthy Relationships Utah

Healthy Relationships Utah, directed by Dr. Brian Higginbotham, offers free research-based relationship education courses throughout the state.

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At USU we have people specifically designated to answer undergraduate students’ questions about courses, programs, graduation requirements, majors, minors, and more.
Working with your Academic Advisor

Working with your Academic Advisor

At USU we have people specifically designated to answer undergraduate students’ questions about courses, programs, graduation requirements, majors, minors, and more.

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For more than two decades, the Utah Marriage Commission has been providing relationship and marriage education classes, conferences and other resources to countless Utahns.
Legislature Moves Utah Marriage Commission to Utah State University

Legislature Moves Utah Marriage Commission to Utah State University

For more than two decades, the Utah Marriage Commission has been providing relationship and marriage education classes, conferences and other resources to countless Utahns.

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USU Wide Receiver, Deven Thompkins, recently shared his experience of being a USU football star and father (USU Statesmen, 2021).
College Student Parents Juggle Family and School

College Student Parents Juggle Family and School

USU Wide Receiver, Deven Thompkins, recently shared his experience of being a USU football star and father (USU Statesmen, 2021).

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What do HDFS faculty researchers actually do? Presented by Utah State University’s Office of Research, Wyatt Traughber, M.A., learns just this as he interviews four HDFS faculty as part of an ongoing podcast series on the research being conducted at USU.
USU HDFS Faculty Discuss their Research on Instead Podcast

USU HDFS Faculty Discuss their Research on Instead Podcast

What do HDFS faculty researchers actually do? Presented by Utah State University’s Office of Research, Wyatt Traughber, M.A., learns just this as he interviews four HDFS faculty as part of an ongoing podcast series on the research being conducted at USU....

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Yet when I arrived here at Utah State University 10 years ago, that’s where I found myself: teaching undergraduates about diversity. My sense of inadequacy was through the roof.
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Yet when I arrived here at Utah State University 10 years ago, that’s where I found myself: teaching undergraduates about diversity. My sense of inadequacy was through the roof.

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Early in my graduate career, a faculty member recommended me to add the book The professor is in (TPII) to my reading list. TPII offers helpful insight on how to navigate the academic career from step one - building strong records as a graduate student.
An Incomplete List of Resources That Helped Me Through Graduate School

An Incomplete List of Resources That Helped Me Through Graduate School

Early in my graduate career, a faculty member recommended me to add the book The professor is in (TPII) to my reading list. TPII offers helpful insight on how to navigate the academic career from step one - building strong records as a graduate student.

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Giving birth to my first child during the height of the pandemic, the end of April 2020, was a roller coaster of emotions for me. I study the prevention of perinatal (pregnancy and postpartum) mental health disorders as a researcher here at Utah State in
Perinatal Anxiety and Depression in a Pandemic

Perinatal Anxiety and Depression in a Pandemic

Giving birth to my first child during the height of the pandemic, the end of April 2020, was a roller coaster of emotions for me. I study the prevention of perinatal (pregnancy and postpartum) mental health disorders as a researcher here at Utah State in ...

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To be accepted to present at the annual conference for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) is a great honor. Originally, I was not planning to present when COVID-19 restrictions caused the 2020 AAMFT conference to move to an on
Marriage and Family Therapy Conference

Marriage and Family Therapy Conference

To be accepted to present at the annual conference for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) is a great honor. Originally, I was not planning to present when COVID-19 restrictions caused the 2020 AAMFT conference to move to an on...

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Utah State University was recently awarded two $5 million grants from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services Office of Family Assistance. Both grants will be distributed over a five-year period and will fund fatherhood and relationship education
Fatherhood and Relationship Education Grant

Fatherhood and Relationship Education Grant

Utah State University was recently awarded two $5 million grants from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services Office of Family Assistance. Both grants will be distributed over a five-year period and will fund fatherhood and relationship education ...

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I was the first in my immediate family to apply to graduate school, and the first in my extended family to aim for a PhD. I knew I wanted to study peer relations among adolescents, and that I was drawn toward quantitative methods and meta-analysis.
Applying to Graduate Programs?

Applying to Graduate Programs?

I was the first in my immediate family to apply to graduate school, and the first in my extended family to aim for a PhD. I knew I wanted to study peer relations among adolescents, and that I was drawn toward quantitative methods and meta-analysis.

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As a recognized name in youth sport parenting research, I often get cold-called (or cold-emailed) with a request to contribute to a journal, volume, or book, in my area of expertise. This is not an uncommon occurrence, and I’m sure my colleagues field suc
“Writing … with Young Co-Authors”

“Writing … with Young Co-Authors”

As a recognized name in youth sport parenting research, I often get cold-called (or cold-emailed) with a request to contribute to a journal, volume, or book, in my area of expertise. This is not an uncommon occurrence, and I’m sure my colleagues field suc...

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The practicum experience within the Human Development and Family Studies department is designed to be a step that bridges a student's transformation from a purely academic approach to the human services field to participation in the field, under the super
Practicum Experiences Within the Human Development and Family Studies Department

Practicum Experiences Within the Human Development and Family Studies Department

The practicum experience within the Human Development and Family Studies department is designed to be a step that bridges a student's transformation from a purely academic approach to the human services field to participation in the field, under the super...