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ISU research explores why more women are drinkingMore women are drinking alcohol and an Iowa State University research team that includes Cassandra Dorius, an Iowa State University assistant professor of human development and family studies, is working to understand why.


Heather Rouse and Cassandra Dorius receive continued funding for Early Childhood Home Visiting
Heather Rouse and Cassandra Dorius, assistant professors in human development and family studies, have received a $604 award to supplement their work for their third year of Early Childhood Home Visiting and Public Health: A Research, Practice, and Policy Collaboration. This project is funded by the Iowa Department of Public Health.
Jennifer Margrett named interim associate dean for research and graduate education Jennifer Margrett, a professor in human development and family studies at Iowa State University and director of the ISU interdepartmental gerontology program, has been named interim associate dean for research and graduate education in the College of Human Sciences. The appointment is effective August 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.


Kere Hughes-Belding and Carla Peterson receive award to continue MIECHV project
Kere Hughes-Belding and Carla Peterson, associate professor and professor in human development and family studies, respectively, received a $7,251 award to supplement their second year of work with the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting project in Iowa. This project is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Public Health to assess the quality of parent-child interaction throughout the state.

Cleve Redmond receives funding for elementary school behavior study
Cleve Redmond, a scientist in the Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute, received $716,691 for the fourth year of a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The funds will go toward evaluating the Boys Town Well-Managed Schools program in elementary schools. Well-Managed Schools is a classroom management approach for teachers designed to promote positive student behavior and integrate social skills instruction into regular classroom activities.
Family experience influences diabetes risk, management for African AmericansA team of College of Human Sciences researchers found African American families are more at risk of getting Type 2 diabetes due to misinformation about the disease and management perpetuated by familial communication and culture.

Many in the African American community know there is a genetic...

Tera Jordan's article republished by numerous news outletsHDFS Associate Professor Tera Jordan's article about the declining rate of divorce in the U.S. was first published by The Conversation on May 30. Since then the story has been picked up by a variety of news outlets from all over the country, including one that translated the piece into Chinese.

Tera Jordan's article on declining divorce rate published by The ConversationThe Conversation published an article written by Tera Jordan, an associate professor in human development and family studies, about the declining divorce rate in the U.S.

"Young adults are being more decisive – in not only the timing of their nuptials, but also their choice to marry," Jordan...


Peter Martin receives funding for health-personality assessment
Peter Martin, professor of human development and family studies, received an $84,385 award from the Unitedhealth Group. This award supports the development and application of an assessment to optimize healthcare communication between health care providers and older adults. The innovative health personality assessment captures health traits and behaviors, including health neuroticism, health extraversion, health openness, health agreeableness and health conscientiousness from an individual difference perspective. These health personality traits can be related to health indicators, behaviors, and needs of older adults in order to provide optimal healthcare.

Tera Jordan receives funding for kinship care research
Tera Jordan, associate professor in human development & family studies, received $15,000 from the Youth Policy Institute of Iowa (YPII) to assess barriers and challenges facing families and social workers in kinship caregiving. Iowa State University's Child Welfare Research and Training Project will work to conduct interviews, record and enter response data, analyze interview results and generate reports for the YPII.