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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.

Many former public.iastate.edu faculty websites can be built on College of Human Sciences research website
As the University sunsets the public.iastate.edu website service, the College of Human Sciences offers an alternative to sites.iastate.edu for their own faculty. Review some of the new sites or request yours now.

SPIT lab continues to expand research on puberty, hair analysisWhile puberty is something that everyone experiences, there is little explanation for how those changes affect one's physical and mental health. The Stress Physiology Investigative Team (SPIT) Laboratory at Iowa State is working to understand...


Suzanne Bartholomae receives funding for rural healthcare research
Suzanne Bartholomae, assistant professor in human development and family studies and state extension specialist in family finance, received $3,385 from the University of Wisconsin Madison. The funding will be used to conduct focus groups with nurses in rural healthcare. The project explores the integration of financial capability services in rural healthcare delivery to help support patients’ abilities to cover ongoing medical expenses, thereby improving financial and health outcomes. The project goal is to enhance the capacity of rural communities and extension educators across the region by integrating healthcare professionals’ perspectives into the development of tools, resources, and programs that support the integration of financial capability support services, by identifying effective partnership strategies, and by leveraging new opportunities for cost recovery.

Kere Hughes-Belding receives second-year funding to support high quality home visitation in Iowa
Kere Hughes-Belding, associate professor in human development and family, is leading a team of researchers to provide ongoing professional development to home visitors through the Partnering to Enhance Effective Reflection (PEER) communities of practice project. The Iowa Department of Public Health continues to fund this state led evaluation and quality improvement effort. This one year contract of $241,718 will help advance the family support home visiting agenda in Iowa.
Singing may reduce stress, improve motor function for people with Parkinson's diseaseThe results from a recent pilot study done by Iowa State researchers shows that singing may lead to improvements in mood and motor function for people with Parkinson's disease. While the data is only preliminary, assistant professor of kinesiology Elizabeth Stegemöller says that the improvements...