Our research is focused on the human lifespan, family systems, and child and adolescent development. We study the diversity of experiences as well as approaches to prevention and intervention.
Infancy / Childhood
Faculty in HDFS study maternal and child health and parent –child relationships. Our research examines social, cognitive and emotional development and school readiness.
Our research informs prevention and intervention programs and examines risk, resilience and self-regulation.
Couples and Families
We research factors contributing to enriching and encouraging positive couple relationships.
Adulthood and Aging
Faculty in HDFS examine the bio-psychosocial aspects of aging. Our investigators examine intergenerational relationships of families in the US, Cambodia and other regions of Asia.
Our faculty often form relationships with the Owens Institute for Behavioral Research.