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From the very young to the very old, students in human development and family services help populations reach their full potential, despite life’s challenges, such as addiction, abuse, aging, chronic illness, immigration, and special needs.

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HDFS News Stories from the College of Human Sciences

  Iowa State partnership to improve awareness and access to dementia services
Iowa State is partnering with the Iowa Department on Aging and the Iowa Alzheimer’s Association to improve access to dementia-capable services. ISU gerontology program director Jennifer Margrett says the partnership will help shore up gaps in services.
PROSPER youth program gains momentum for nationwide expansion
Iowa State University's PROSPER youth program for healthy youth development is taking flight nationally as an innovative and effective system for creating positive societal change.
Lab school takes a sharper focus on early childhood education
The Child Development Laboratory School in human development and family studies is celebrating 90 years of early childhood education at Iowa State University.
Iowa State examines solutions to Latino obesity, health care risk
Kim Greder, an associate professor in human development and family studies, published two policy briefs looking at Latino obesity and health care.
Iowa State adds graduate degrees in gerontology
Iowa State University now offers on-campus, interdepartmental master’s and doctoral degrees in gerontology, the study of adult development and healthy aging.
Iowa State professor uses saliva to measure stress
Elizabeth "Birdie" Shirtcliff, a new associate professor in human development and family studies, researches stress in children through examining different hormones in saliva.
  New 2014-2015 Faculty

New Iowa State professor researches impact of socioeconomic status on health
Amelia Karraker, a new assistant professor in human development and family studies, looks at the relationship between education, stress, and social connectedness.
Iowa State professor applies new intervention to reduce domestic violence
Amie Zarling, an assistant professor, plans to continue her research on domestic violence as a new member of the human development and family studies faculty.
College of Human Sciences enrollment tops 5,000
Student enrollment in the College of Human Sciences topped 5,000 this fall for the first time. The college also saw record enrollment this fall with its minority and international students.


  • HDFS Announcements

    Iowa State Daily features changes at Financial Counseling Clinic

    The article said services of the Financial Counseling Clinic remain useful to students after sending previous services to the Student Loan Education Office. HDFS professor Jonathan Fox, director of the clinic, and HDFS lecturer and financial counselor Jeanna Nation are quoted in the story. More»

    HDFS students Brityn Thompson, Alex Howard and Jenny Kersten spotlighted in student profile

    Three early education majors, Brityn Thompson, Alex Howard and Jenny Kersten, were spotlighted in online student profiles on the College of Human Sciences' website. More»

    HDFS student spotlighted in student profile

    Lauren Perila, early childhood education major, is featured in a recent student profile by the College of Human Sciences. More»

    Teske Drake, lecturer in HDFS, publishes second book

    Teske Drake, lecturer in Human Development and Family Studies, has recently published her second book, "Expecting with Hope: Claiming Joy When Expecting a Baby After Loss."  Drake will give a talk on the topic of miscarriage and how family and friends can show support after infant loss on Thursday, Oct. 16th at 7:00 p.m. at the West Des Moines Barnes and Noble on University Avenue. Drake will be available to sign both of her books following the talk.

    Teegan Ebenhoh and Molly Neese in HDFS featured on website

    Two early childhood education students, Teegan Ebenhoh and Molly Neese were highlighted in recently published student profiles on the College of Human Sciences website. More»

    Assistant professor in HDFS featured in Iowa State Daily article

    Five years ago Amy Zarling teamed up with the Iowa Department of Corrections to provide a new intervention for men arrested for domestic violence crimes. The program is called the Iowa Domestic Assault Project. More»

    Early childhood education position available

    The Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) in the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University invites applications for a tenure track faculty position in Early Childhood Education – Unified (ECE) at the Assistant Professor rank beginning in August 2015. The ECE undergraduate program prepares students to teach children birth through 3rd grade, general education and special education.

    FCEDS Club wins National Community Service Award

    The summer was a successful one for the Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies Club at the AAFCS National Convention in St. Louis. The Club received the National Community Service Award for the third consecutive year.

    HDFS lecturer receives IFCSE Friends Award

    Loa Christensen, a lecturer and adviser in human development and family studies, received the IFCSE Friends Award this week at the annual meeting of the Iowa Family & Consumer Sciences Educators in Cedar Rapids. The award recognizes an outstanding individual who has promoted the goals of family and consumer sciences education. Loa has touched thousands of lives as a teacher, mentor, and friend.

    Yesenia Natalie Alvarez named Iowa Family and Consumer Sciences Educators' Student of the Year

    Yesenia Natalie Alvarez, senior in family and consumer sciences education and studies, was named the Iowa Family & Consumer Sciences Educators' student of the year!

  • HDFS Office

    2330 Palmer

    Regular Office Hours  M - F: 8:00am to 5:00pm

    Thanksgiving Break Office Hours: 

    Monday, November 24, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, November 25, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, November 26, 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    Thursday, November 27, closed University Holiday

    Friday, November 28, closed University Holiday



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