Research in HDFS

Faculty in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies conduct basic and applied research on a wide range of topics.  They use a variety of methodological tools, including both quantitative and qualitative approaches.  In the tradition of a land grant institution, all of our research is intended to make a difference in the lives of individuals and families.  We are committed to research that allows us to translate findings into intervention and prevention programs as well as implications for policy. For examples, refer to the list of recent publications. Thematic research areas include families and health, family diversity, life course development, prevention and intervention, social emotional health and well-being in young children, and language and literacy.

Collaborations and Funding

Faculty members collaborate across disciplines with colleagues in other units such as the College of Human Medicine, the College of Osteopathic Medicine, the College of Nursing, and the Department of Psychology.  HDFS faculty play a central role in the Human Development Initiative. Faculty members are actively engaged with MSU Extension and the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station. Research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Michigan Department of Community Health and a variety of foundations.  See the list of recent grants for more information.

Student Participation in Research

Graduate students work closely with faculty mentors and are encouraged to become immersed in the research process.  Graduate students present at professional conferences and many have published their work while still in graduate school.  Faculty engage undergraduate students in their programs of research providing valuable experience for those interested in going to graduate school.