Human Development and Family Studies

Irina Mokrova awarded UNC pre-doctoral fellowship

Ph.D Student Irina Mokrova has received a pre-doctoral fellowship at UNC-CH Center for Developmental Science for the 2011-2012 academic year. The fellowship recipients are determined by faculty of the Carolina Consortium on Human Development at the Center for Developmental Science.

The primary goal of this training program is to provide advanced research training in human development for persons in the social and behavioral sciences, education, and health-related areas. The programs have a special focus on training in longitudinal methodology and analysis, on the social ecology of development, on the educational and health implications of behavioral study from infancy through adolescence and mid-life, and on the implications for research on health promotion and problem prevention. The training faculty crosses beyond departmental, school, and divisional lines and disciplines. Support is extended to highly selected candidates for advanced predoctoral and post-doctoral research training.

Congratulations, Irina!

Dr. Susan Calkins Receives Two Grant Awards in Spring 2011

Congratulations to Dr. Susan Calkins upon receiving two grant awards in February and March of this year. The first grant, Developmental Trajectories of Early Behavior Problems, was awarded by the United States DHHS NIH Center for Scientific Review for over $400,000.  The second grant, Psychobiology of Cognitive Development, was awarded by Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for over $100,000. Congratulations, Dr. Calkins!

Shuntay McCoy Elected President of UNCG Graduate Student Association

We are proud to announce that Ph.D student Shuntay McCoy has been elected President of the UNCG Graduate Student Association for the 2011-2012 academic year. The Graduate Association includes graduate student representatives from across the university's graduate programs. The GSA also appoints delegates to faculty and staff senates as well as other committees and groups throughout the university. They annually award over $30,000 to assist with graduate student travel and work on theses and dissertations. Shuntay has served on the GSA as the representative from Human Development and Family Studies for several years. Congratulations, Shuntay!


Graduates Accept University Positions

Jackie Nelson (PhD, 2011) has been hired effective Fall 2011 by the Psychology Department of the University of Texas-Dallas. Ben Hinnant (PhD, 2008) has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor at the Catholic University of America. Jill Walls (PhD, 2010) has accepted a position in the Ball State Family and Consumer Sciences Department starting in Fall 2011. Jennifer Weaver, a post-doctoral associate at the Family Research Center, has accepted a position in the Boise State University’s Psychology Department effective January 2012. Amy Thomason (Ph.D, 2011) has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Education at Elizabethtown College in PA. Congratulations to all of these students. You make us proud!


Yudan Wang awarded the Omicron Nu Research Doctoral Fellowship

Yudan Wang was recently awarded the Kappa Omicron Nu Research Doctoral Fellowship, a grant for graduate work in human development and family studies.  Ms. Wang is studying the attitudes and practices in handling everyday authority issues among parents and adolescents in Urban China.  Her dissertation is entitled: Confucian Notions of Authority Under Sociocultural Change: Everyday Life Implications for Contemporary Urban Chinese Parents and Children. This fellowship is awarded in recognition of high quality of scholarship and potential for leadership.

Kappa Omicron Nu is represented by more than 100 campus chapters throughout the country and 150,000 members worldwide. The mission of the organization is empowered leaders in scholarship, research, and leadership. Among the activities and programs of the honor society in addition to scholarships, fellowships, and grants are scholarly publications and educational initiatives for the human sciences.

Congratulations, Yudan!



Leerkes Awarded Five-Year NIH Grant

The HDFS Department extends congratulations to Dr. Esther Leerkes. Dr. Leerkes is a co-investigator of a new five-year, 2.9 million dollar NIH grant entitled “Nonstandard Maternal Work Schedules and Child Health in Impoverished Families.” This project is a collaborative effort involving the Wake Forest University School of Medicine (Joseph Grzywacz, Co-PI) and UNCG’s Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships (Stephanie Daniel, Co-PI) and Department of Human Development and Family Studies. Parents in impoverished families, particularly mothers, are over-represented in jobs requiring a nonstandard schedule (i.e., work schedules that exist outside the Monday thru Friday, 8 - 5 norm). The goal of this project is to understand the threat of nonstandard maternal work schedules to poor children's physical and emotional well -being as precursors to school readiness. The project will recruit economically disadvantaged mothers and their infants when children are 3 months of age and follow them until children are 30 months. The project is designed to 1) determine if children's physical health and emotional well-being at 30 months differ among those whose mothers had a job requiring a nonstandard schedule in the first year relative to those with a standard schedule; 2) quantify the degree to which variation in parenting practices and maternal well-being explain differences in children's physical health and emotional well-being by maternal work schedules; and 3) identify individual, familial, and social factors that promote children's resilience among women working nonstandard work schedules. The project’s results will provide needed information to help parents protect at-risk children and inform potential policy solutions. Drs. Chris Payne, Charles Randall Clinch, and Beth Reboussin are also coinvestigators on this grant.