Students can be involved in many different research projects sponsored by faculty in the Department of Human Development & Family Studies.

Faculty are engaged in research in the following areas:

  • Adolescent Development

  • Adolescent problem behaviors

  • Autism

  • Child and family policy

  • Culture and positive psychology

  • Developmental disabilities and inclusion

  • Domestic violence

  • Early care and education

  • Early childhood education

  • Family support and prevention

  • Fathering

  • Globalization

  • Inclusion

  • Intergenerational relationships and development

  • Literacy and Language

  • Low-income families

  • Mental health services on campuses

  • Parent involvement

  • Research methods

  • Resiliency and risk/protective factors

  • Substance abuse

  • Teacher preparation


Trask, B. S. (2014). Women, work and globalization: Challenges and opportunities. New York, NY: Routledge.

Vu, J., Hustedt, J. T., Pinder, W. M., & Han, M. (2014). Building early relationships: A review of caregiver-child interaction interventions for use in community-based early childhood programs. Early Child Development and Care.

Gordon, M., &Cui, M.(2013). Children of divorce and their fear of change. In R. E. Emory and J. G. Golson (Eds.), Cultural Sociology of Divorce. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Rous, B. & Hallam, R. (2013).  Cross-Sector Policy Context for the Implementation of RTI in Early Care and Education Settings.  In the Handbook of Response to Intervention in Early Childhood (Buysee, V., & Peisner-Feinberg, E, Eds.). Baltimore: Brookes Publishing.

Han, M., Vukelich, C., Buell, M., & Meacham, S. (2014). Beating the odds: Longitudinal investigation of a low-income Dual-language and Monolingual children’s English language and literacy performance. Early Education and Development. DOI: 10.1080/10409289.2014.866920

Palkovitz, R.  (2013).  Gendered parenting’s implications for children’s wellbeing: Theory and research in applied perspective.  In, W. Bradford Wilcox and Kathy Kovner Kline. Gender and Parenthood: Natural and Social Scientific Perspectives (pp-215-248). New York: Columbia University Press.

Settles, B. H. & Rubin, R. H. (2012, November). Synergy and Impact: National Council on Family Relations and Groves Conference on Marriage and Family. National Council on Family Relations, Phoenix, AZ.

Vu, J., Han, M., & Buell, M. (2012). Preserving play in preschool classrooms: Suggestions for early childhood teacher education and play. In L. Cohen & S. Waite-Stupiansky (Eds.), Play & Culture Studies, Volume 12: Play: A polyphony of research, theories, and issues (pp. 207-221).Lanham, MD: University Press of America, Inc.

Paris, C. & Seefeldt, A. (2012) Book Review: Curriculum in Early Childhood Education: Re-examined, Rediscovered, Renewed. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 33, 4, 392-396.

Trask, B.S. & Digregorio, N. (2013). “Ageism  and adults  65+.” In Encyclopedia of Primary Prevention. (Ed. T.P. Gullota). New York, New York: Plenum Publishers.


Note: BOLDED NAME indicates Human Development and Family Studies faculty member