In the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, we prepare our students for dynamic careers that focus on helping diverse individuals and families at each stage of the lifespan to meet the challenges of a changing world.

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 the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Program. As well, 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

  • Dr. Thomas Smith has been elected to the Board/Executive Committee of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists as Secretary for 2015-17.
  • Seventh Annual HDFS Internship and Professional Day, Tuesday, September 16th, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Auburn Alumni Center on College Street. Undergraduates will have an opportunity to talk with over 50 agencies and programs to learn about internship, service learning, volunteer and other professional development opportunities as well as future career directions. List of programs attending here. All CHS majors and students enrolled in CHS classes are welcome to attend. Dress is business casual. Contact Dr. Jamie Sailors for more information.
  • Diana Samek hired as associate professor starting Fall 2014
  • Dr. Megan Haselschwerdt, Assistant Professor in HDFS, has been elected Student and New Professionals Program Representative 2014-2016 for the National Council on Family Relations.
  • Kerpelman named a Fellow by the National Council on Family Relations Read full story
  • Congratulations to Brian Vaughn for being selected as the 2014 winner of the Creative Research and Scholarship Award for the Arts, Humanities, and Social and Behavioral Sciences.
  • Keiley named a co-winner of the 'Best Article of the Year' award Read full story
  • Thanks to a national grant, inmates across Alabama will continue to sketch, take photos and have their artwork published through the Alabama Prison Arts + Education project.
    Full story here
  • Hans Saint-Eloi Cadely received the Outstanding Individual Award for Oral Presentation in the Social Sciences at Research Week 2014.
  • Congratulations to 2014 SGA Outstanding Student Award Recipient in the College of Human Sciences: Benjamin Burke (Human Development and Family Studies)- SGA Oustanding Student.
  • Congratulations to 2014 Graduate Student Award Recipients in the College of Human Sciences: Beth McDaniel - Outstanding Master's Student; Jake Jensen - Outstanding Doctoral Student & President's Award recipient; and Alyssa McElwain - 1 of only 4 recipients of the prestigious Merriwether Fellowship. Click here for more information.
  • Full listing of CHS news and archive.

Links and Resources

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