About Human Development & Family Studies
What makes a family work? How do children develop? What’s a healthy marriage? What do teenagers need to succeed academically, personally, emotionally? These are some of the questions we strive to answer in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.
We’re an interdisciplinary program focused on advancing and applying knowledge about individuals and families in a changing world. We offer a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies, a Dual Objective Curriculum in Early Childhood Education, an undergraduate minor, the Master of Science degree with emphases in both Human Development and Family Studies and Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Human Development and Family Studies.
We’re more than just thinkers – we’re doers. The Department operates the Center for Children, Youth, and Families, which includes the Auburn University Early Learning Center and Birmingham’s Harris Early Learning Center , both accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. We also run the Auburn University Marriage and Family Therapy Center. And our partnership with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System allows us to share what we’ve learned with the people of Alabama, the nation, and the world.
News & Announcements
- In recent weeks, Allen Sabey was selected as one of the Outstanding Master’s Students at Auburn University for 2012; Ali Zaremba Morgan was selected as one of the Outstanding Doctoral Students at Auburn University; Hans Saint Eloi Cadely was selected to be one of the Meriwether Fellows for the coming year; and Chris Datubo-Brown was awarded a President’s Graduate Opportunity Program Award through the Office of Diversity.
- Two HDFS doctoral students, Allen Sabey and Jake Jensen, won awards during Research Week 2013. Sabey took first place in the Social Sciences category, and Jensen won third place in the Humanities categroy. Both students are mentored by Dr. Amy Rauer.
- Thomas Fuller-Rowell hired as associate professor starting Fall 2013
- Megan Haselschwerdt hired as assistant professor starting Fall 2013