Human Development and Family Studies 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:


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.

Graduate assistantships

A research assistantship involves working with a faculty member on his/her research and may include collecting data, analyzing data, and helping write publications or grants. Nearly all of the qualified graduate students receive assistantships making graduate training in Human Development and Family Studies at Iowa State University a coveted graduate education experience. Matches between student and faculty requests as well as departmental needs are made by the department chair and director of graduate education.