Human Development and Family Studies News

As HDFS concentrates on strategic excellence in research, teaching and outreach in Michigan and across the globe, the department welcomes two administrative innovations.  Dr. Adrian Blow has been appointed as the Associate Chair for Research and will lead the development of support systems and policies to facilitate faculty and student excellence in research.  Dr. Blow is well-qualified for this position.  He has received large federal and foundation funding for his applied research on stress in military families, state-of-the-art training for mental health workers, and research on family stress and resiliency as it relates to HIV/AIDS.  Dr. Blow has research connections across the state, nationally, and internationally, including his long-time connections in Africa.  Dr. Francisco (Chico) Villarruel has been appointed as the Associate Chair for Education and Outreach.  Dr. Villarruel will lead the development of support systems and policies to facilitate faculty and student excellence in education and outreach.  One of the initiatives Dr. Villarruel will be leading is developing a systematic mentorship program to assist students in submitting pre-doctoral and postdoctoral grant applications.  Dr. Villarruel has a long history of outreach scholarship and national leadership on federal grant and policy panels for disenfranchised minority youth.  The department looks forward to the important roles both Associate Chairs will play in efforts to support the continued success of faculty and students. 

Grace Chee, HDFS doctoral student, won the S.C. Lee Best Paper Competition hosted by MSU's Asian Study Center. Her paper, "Chinese Grandparents in Chinese-Caucasian Biracial Families in the California Bay Area," examines the critically important process of how cultural and family values are passed down by Chinese grandparents to their biracial grandchildren. Congratulations, Grace!

Dr. Amy Bonomi's article "Fiction or Not? Fifty Shades is Associated with Health Risks in Adoelscent and Young Adult Females" was the number one downloaded article out of the 162 published articles in the Journal of Women's Health for 2014.  The article, in addtion to her work, "'Double Crap!' Abuse and Harmed Identity in Fifty Shades of Grey," were also among the 100 most read articles across all of Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Publishers in 2014.  Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Publishers published 85 journals with a total of 9,067 articles in 2014.  Congratulations, Dr. Bonomi!

Dr. Le Anne E. Silvey was awarded the National Council of Family Relations (NCFR) Outstanding Service Award for service on the Inclusion and Diversity Committee from 2010-2014. Dr. Silvey was presented with the award on November 18, 2014 after concluding her final meeting as Chair of the Inclusion and Diversity Committee. Congratulations, Dr. Silvey!

Dr. Robert Griffore was awarded one of four McGraw Hill Distinguished Scholar Award in Higher Education at the 17th Annual American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences Conference. Congratulations, Dr. Griffore!