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Title: Associate Professor
Department: Human Development & Family Studies

Office: 1364 Palmer 2222 Osborn Dr., Ames, IA 50011
Phone number: +1 515 294 9804
Email: trh@iastate.edu

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Research interests

  • I apply principles of community-based participatory research to develop partnerships with organizations and agencies and study contemporary issues in family health and well-being. My primary research agenda focuses on marriage and intimate relationships. Building on my expertise as a relationship scholar, I am proficent in the study of Type-2 diabetes, thereby constituting a secondary area of research. The focus of my descriptive research is to understand meanings that adults and adolescents attach to their lived experiences and examine nuanced behaviors and attitudes. The focus of my applied research is to translate this understanding into innovative, culturally-sensitive prevention and intervention programming that addresses 21st century challenges and enhances health and well-being. I employ mixed and qualitative approaches in research investigations and use developmental, ecological, and life course theories to guide my work.
  • I publish scholarly work using my maiden name, Tera R. Hurt.
  • Find me on Google Scholar, LinkedIn, and Research Gate.

Published works




1. Family Communications and Relationships (HDFS 270) - Undergraduate

  • Yearly, fall semesters. Asynchronous online. Yearly, spring semesters: in-person/blended.
  • Odd years, summer session. Asynchronous online.

2. Mixed Methods (HDFS 607) - Graduate. Odd years, spring semesters. Course format for spring 2021: in-person, synchronous, and asynchronous online sections

3. Advanced Qualitative Methods (HDFS 604) - Graduate. Even years, spring semesters. Course format for spring 2020: in-person, synchronous, and asynchronous online sections