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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of Illinois Sesquicentennial College of ACES
Department of Human Development and Family Studies
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Research & Outreach

Human Development and Family Studies faculty seek to fulfill the land grant mission and bridge gaps between research and practice through campus and community collaborations.

Our research and outreach programs are inherently interdisciplinary and our faculty, as leading scholars in the field, have made pioneering advances in a variety of domains – LGBT families, family/child health, intimate partner violence, positive youth development, culturally-sensitive obesity prevention efforts, emotional regulation and attachment, adolescent risk/resilience from an international perspective, university-based child development labs, and more.

Our department is committed to translating research in ways that capture the attention of policy makers and make a positive impact on the everyday lives of people. The impact of our research is evident in our numerous outreach-focused projects and research-based interventions, as well as the breadth of our public engagement efforts relevant to local, statewide, national, and international stakeholders.

Our department houses several units that focus specifically on outreach:

To learn more about our research areas, click here.
To learn more about our outreach, click here