Human Development and Family Studies

Dana Conlin

Program:  MS/PhD Combined
Education:  Bachelor's Degree in Human Development, with a Minor in Education
Advisors:  Dr. Linda Hestenes
Career Plans:They are still being determined, but I would like to work towards improving the education system.
Research Interests: I am mainly intrigued and curious about the different factors that come together and interact in a child’s early education experience. I am interested in the familial influences, peer relations, socioeconomic factors, and other elements that come to affect a child’s learning process. I am also concerned about the growing gap in education children from economically disadvantaged families receive compared to those who are not. In the future I would like to research different approaches to shorten this gap and create a system where every child has the chance to succeed despite the backgrounds they come from.

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