Our research is focused on the human lifespan, family systems, and child and adolescent development. We study the diversity of experiences as well as approaches to prevention and intervention.

  • Infancy / Childhood

    Faculty in HDFS study maternal and child health and parent –child relationships. Our research examines social, cognitive and emotional development and school readiness.

  • Adolescence

    Our research informs prevention and intervention programs and examines risk, resilience and self-regulation.

  • Couples and Families

    We research factors contributing to enriching and encouraging positive couple relationships.

  • Adulthood and Aging

    Faculty in HDFS examine the bio-psychosocial aspects of aging. Our investigators examine intergenerational relationships of families in the US, Cambodia and other regions of Asia and Southeast Asia as well as culturally responsive therapeutic interventions and outcomes.