The mission of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) is to address contemporary social issues that affect children, youth, adults, and families through high quality research, teaching, and outreach programs.
An Environment for Student Success
"You are able to get a lot of hands-on experience that will help you as you decide what you would like to do after graduation. The advisors and professors really care about your success, and they are very willing to help you."
— Jasmine Washington, HDFS Student
Katherine Magerko wins 2016 Campus Student Award for Excellence in Public Engagement
Katherine is a MD/PhD student in Human Development and Family Studies and the College of Medicine. She received this award in recognition for her work with Avicenna Community Health Center and organizing an international and interdisciplinary team to examine health disparities.
The newly named Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), housed in the university's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, better reflects the research interests of its faculty