HDFS faculty are actively engaged in diverse research activities focused primarily on children, adults, and families. Our faculty have advanced degrees in multiple disciplines, so much of the research conducted is multidisciplinary and focuses, generally, in several content areas such as:

  • Adolescent/youth development
  • Adult development and aging
  • Family studies
  • Family policy
  • Family economic well-being and financial planning
  • Health and well-being
  • Infant and child development
  • Lifespan development

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Faculty and staff have received a high level of funding from outside agencies for their different scholarly activities. In general external funding has been approximately $ 7 to 10 million on an annual basis, for a total of over $45 million in funding from FY2006 to FY2010.


Much of the research is conducted in collaboration with faculty within the department, but collaborations are also with faculty from other departments on campus, other universities, and research institutions.