Human Development & Family Studies | Michigan State University

Foreclosure and the Social and Economic Needs of Mature Workers

Dr. Barbara Ames, professor and graduate director in HDFS, and a team of graduate students in partnership with Michigan State Extension’s Greening Institute are evaluating...

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Melanie Brimm, Renee Canady, and Alethia Carr

Michigan Family Impact Seminars - Winter 2013

Michigan Family Impact Seminars targeted infant mortality at the Winter 2013 seminar which was offered in both Detroit and Lansing. The speakers included: Renee Canady,...

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Dr. Lori Skibbe and her daughter Elena

Parents Use Interactive Writing to Help Children Learn Literacy Skills

Parents who practice writing with their children can help their children improve literacy skills. Michigan State researcher Lori Skibbe and colleagues studied parents and...

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Through graduate and undergraduate instruction, faculty and student research, and local, state, and national outreach activities, the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (formerly Family and Child Ecology) seeks to have a positive impact on individuals and families in the contexts of lifespan development, community, and diversity. Learn more...

Areas of Focus

Child Development graduate program at Michigan State University
Through innovative research programs and high quality education for students, child development faculty are creating new knowledge and training the next generation of scholars and practitioners.
Couple and Family Therapy graduate program at Michigan State University
The PhD specialization in Couple and Family Therapy trains scientist-practitioners and is accredited by the Commission on Marriage and Family Therapy Education.
Lifespan Human Development and Family Diversity graduate program at MSU
This emphasis provides an opportunity for students to integrate both lifespan development and family diversity by developing a focus on the balance of individual, family, and community.
Youth Development graduate programs at Michigan State University
Online Master of Arts Degree and Graduate Certificate Programs with a positive, strength-based curriculum for working with today's youth.
Online Master of Arts Degree in Family and Community Services from MSU
Online Master of Arts Degree prepares students to work with individuals and families in a community context.
Our department offers undergraduate degrees in Child Development (Bachelor of Arts) and Human Development and Family Studies (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science). Learn more about Undergraduate Programs.

Outreach & Engagement

  • Couple and Family Therapy Clinic

    Couple and Family Therapy Clinic: family, couple, individual, & child services. Sliding fee scale. M-Th 8-8, F 8-5. (517) 432-2272.

  • Child Development Lab (CDL)

    MSU's Child Development Laboratories provide exemplary half day and full day preschool for the Greater Lansing Area, quality teacher training experiences, and unique research opportunities. (517) 335-1900.

  • Family Impact Seminars

    The Family Impact Seminars are a series of seminars and briefing reports for state policymakers on timely policy issues such as the economy, welfare reform, juvenile justice and healthcare.

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