Human Development and Family Studies

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Human Development and Family Studies

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), in the School of Health and Human Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service regarding human development and close relationships across the lifespan. Our objectives are to educate the next generation of HDFS professionals and scholars, to generate new knowledge, and to foster the well-being of individuals and families in their everyday lives.

As a premier HDFS department, we focus on the following areas: early care and education; child, youth, and family development; aging. Undergraduates can prepare for birth through kindergarten teacher licensure (as can our MEd graduate students) or focus on children's and adolescents' development in their diverse cultural, school, and family contexts.  M.S. and doctoral students examine the biological, relational, early educational, social, and cultural foundations of development and their implications for families.  The emphasis on “culture” includes not only different societies, but also within-society cultural groups, such as racial/ethnic and social class groups. We are committed to interdisciplinary study, diversity, and internationalization. 

What's New?

UNCG’s Birth through Kindergarten Interdisciplinary Studies in Education & Development (BKISED) Masters program ranked second in the country!

Dr. Deb Cassidy Nominated for the 2015-16 O. Max Gardner Award

HDFS Alumni Win the Lifetime Legacy and Pacesetter Awards

Dr. Arthur Anastopoulos Receives Funding for "Longitudinal Outcome of College Students with ADHD"

Dr. Catherine Scott-Little Receives Funding for "Supporting Development of the North Carolina K-3 Assessment"

Dr. Marion O'Brien, Retired HDFS Faculty Member, Passed Away December 21, 2015

Forty-four Graduate and Undergraduate HDFS Students win HHS Scholarships!

Andrea Hunter and the HHS Office of Diversity and Inclusion Committee given the Cultural Pluralism Award from the ASAHP

Heather Helms Receives National Award for Outstanding Mentorship

Arthur Anastopoulos Investigates ADHD at UNCG

Sudha Shreeniwas Receives Grant to Study the Impact of Art on Aging Adults with Cognitive Impairment

Four HDFS Faculty Members Receive HHS Awards

Susan Calkins Edits the New Handbook of Infant Biopsychosocial Development

Dr. Hunter Co-Edits the June Edition of the Journal of Social Issues

UNCG Research Magazine Features Many HDFS Faculty and Students

Natalie Hengstebeck Receives Fulbright, Gladys Strawn Bullard Award and RAND Summer Associate Position in the Same Week!

Dr. Cassidy Elected President of NAEYC

UNCG HDFS Ranked One of the Top HDFS Graduate Programs in the Country!

Early Childhood Network Launched at UNCG

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