HDFS News & Impact

Graduate Student Recieves TA Choice Award

Posted: May 15, 2019

HDFS Master's student Kendra Ferguson was ranked within the top 10 of TA's at Mizzou and received the 2018-2019 TA Choice Award from the Missouri Students Association. A student shared feedback about Kendra: "Open communication, superior knowledge, and all the time she gives, I really appreciate her." Congratulations Kendra!

HDFS Faculty & Students Presented College of HES Awards

Posted: May 1, 2019

On Tuesday, April 16, three (yes, 3!) members of the HDFS team received awards from the College of Human Environmental Sciences. Dr. Antoinette Landor was the recipient of the HES Distinguished Service Award; Doctoral student Jeremy Kanter was a recipient HES Distinguished Graduate Research Award; and Doctoral student James Larsen was the recipient of the HES Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award. Pictured are the award winners after the ceremony.

James Larsen, Jeremy Kanter & Dr. Antoinette Landor

Doctoral Candidate Receives MU Award

Posted: May 1, 2019

Doctoral candidate Jeremy Kanter received one of two Donald K. Anderson Graduate Research Assistant Awards from MU. This award goes to 1-2 graduate research assistants each year who are nominated based on their outstanding contributions to scholarship and future promise as a scholar. Congratulations Jeremy!

Pictured are Jeremy and his advisor, Dr. Chris Proulx.

Undergraduate Students Receive PURE Awards

Posted: Apr. 15, 2019

The College of Human Environmental Sciences' (HES) Program for Undergraduate Research Experiences (PURE) aims to encourage and support undergraduate participation in research projects across the college. PURE provides opportunities for exceptional students to cooperate actively with faculty mentors, learning firsthand about multiple dimensions of research, creative activity, and scholarship processes. Congratulations to the following HDFS undergraduate PURE recipients:

  • KeLa Allen received a PURE Award for her project titled Prejudice or Preference: Does Phenotype Influence Interracial Dating and Mating? (Research Advisor: Dr. Antoinette Landor)
  • Madelyn Arends received a PURE Award for her project titled Student-Parent Facilitated Communication: The Effect of Technological Communication on Parent-Child Relationships (Research Advisor: Dr. Sarah Killoren).
  • Sophia Bell received a PURE Award for her project titled Gratitude and Resilience among Latino Emancipated Migrant Youth in US Farm Work: Mixed Method Approach (Research Advisor: Dr. Fiorella Carlos Chavez).
Dr. Jacquelyn Benson's Research is Featured on MU News Bureau

Posted: Apr. 3, 2019

Jacquelyn BensonAssistant Professor and State Extension Specialist Jacquelyn Benson was recently featured on MU News Bureau for her research on the myth of 'no place like home' when it comes to end of life. Dr. Benson found that home deaths present multiple challenges for caregivers.

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HDFS Post-Doc Awarded Mangel Grant

Posted: Apr. 1, 2019

Fiorella Carlos ChavezDr. Fiorella Carlos Chavez was awarded a Margaret Mangel Research Catalyst award from the College of Human Environmental Sciences for her project titled, "Exploring Adult-Like Behaviors and Experiences of Migrant Youth in the U.S. Midwest: Stress, Coping, and Resilience among Latino/a and African Immigrant Youth." Her co-investigators on the project are Dr. Gus Carlo and Dr. Sarah Killoren. Congratulations!

Dr. Benson Receives 2018 Early Career Achievement Award

Posted: Mar. 11, 2019

Jacqui BensonThe National Awards for Family Life and Human Development State Specialists are awarded to state Extension specialists who have made important contributions to the work of Cooperative Extension and who provide clear evidence of program impacts. This year Dr. Jacquelyn Benson was awarded the Early Achievement Award, for persons with 6 or fewer years as a state specialist with Cooperative Extension.

Dr. Benson has a dual appointment at the University of Missouri as an Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Science and State Specialist in Gerontology for the College of Human Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension. Dr. Benson focuses on conducting and translating research to help older adults and their families age well physically, socially, and emotionally. Currently her work is comprised of several projects focused on repartnering in later life and understanding how these new relationships and the families they create are reciprocally associated with personal health and family functioning. Dr. Benson also studies how aging families interact and communicate about health, caregiving, and end-of-life issues. She was a founding co-chair and is currently an active member of the North Central Region Aging Network. She is also an inaugural member of NIFA’s Adult Development and Aging Workgroup, and a collaborating member of the Hospice Caregiving Research Network—an interdisciplinary team of researchers committed to intervention research to support caregivers.

Doctoral Candidate Sarah Mitchell Receives Mizzou 18 Award

Posted: Mar. 11, 2019

Sarah MitchellSarah Mitchell was selected as one of the Mizzou 18 2019 recipients. This award is dedicated to honoring 18 University of Missouri graduate and professional students in the last year of their degree eligibility. Chosen for their world-class research, collaboration with faculty and staff, and their demonstrated leadership with undergraduate students, the honorees represent a variety of majors, activities and organizations from across campus."

The awardees were revealed during a ceremony at Traditions Plaza on February 26th at 6:39 pm, representing 1839, the year of Mizzou's founding.

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Sarah was also recognized, along with her advisors Drs. Marilyn Coleman and Larry Ganong, at a luncheon held Friday March 8th and at the Men's Basketball game on March 9th.

Dr. Ganong, Sarah Mitchell and Jean Ispa

award ceremony at basketball game

Faculty Create Public Scholarship Program

Posted: Mar. 11, 2019

The Promoting and Engaging in Public Scholarship Program (PEPS) was created by Drs. Kale Monk, Jacqui Benson, and Tashel Bordere to facilitate mutually beneficial partnerships between Extension professionals and non-Extension researchers. PEPS encourages a culture of engagement by (a) increasing the knowledge of public scholarship and highlighting its benefits to Extension and non-Extension stakeholders and (b) identifying barriers to public scholarship and taking steps toward addressing them collaboratively. 

Student Accomplishments

Posted: Jan. 31, 2019

Sarah MitchellDoctoral candidate Sarah Mitchell was awarded an Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Excellence Grant from College of Human Environmental Sciences for her project titled "Exploring the Lives of Bisexual Women of Color: The Mizzou Experience." This funding initiative provides up to $2,500 for students, faculty or staff to creatively strengthen teaching; pedagogical practices; or research with inclusion, diversity and/or equity implications for our increasingly diverse community and student populations enrolled at MU.

HDFS Faculty in the News

Posted: Jan. 31, 2019

The New York Times featured a story on the government shutdown, featuring commentary from Dr. Gus Carlo about the impact on parents and children. MU News Bureau did a press release featuring the research of Emeritus Professor Larry Ganong. Marilyn Coleman, Curators Distinguished Professor Emerita, co-authored the study along with their former graduate students, Luke Russell and Ashton Chapman. Caroline Sanner and Kwangman Ko also contributed to the study.

Gus Carlo

Larry Ganong

Marilyn Coleman

Dr. Landor's Research Featured in Stephens Life Magazine

Posted: Dec. 10, 2018

Dr. Antoinette Landor and her research on colorism were featured in the Fall 2018 Issue of Stephens Life, an award-winning magazine by Stephens College. She was invited to the Issue Release Party last week.

Dr. Landor holding magazine

Child Development Lab Hosts CDL Reunion

Posted: Nov. 12, 2018

On Saturday, Oct. 6th, current and former CDL teachers, student teachers, graduate students, parents, and children gathered in Columbia, MO to catch up and remember the good times had by all across the many decades the CDL has been serving campus and the community.

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Nathan Boren, Karen Kelley, Alex Boren, Samantha Welshons, Jasmine Walker, Jack Welshons, Erin Angst Baker, Jane Endersby

HDFS Alumna Draws Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Support to Build a Healthier America

Posted: Oct. 4, 2018

Ashton ChapmanAshton Chapman, an alumna of the University of Missouri (PhD, Human Environmental Sciences), has been selected to participate in a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation leadership development program designed to equip leaders across the country — in every sector and field — to collaborate, break down silos, and use their influence to make communities healthier and more equitable.

Specifically, Chapman was selected to participate in the Culture of Health Leaders program. Designed for people from all sectors — from technology and business to architecture and urban planning — Culture of Health Leaders fosters cross-sector collaboration. The program enables participants to remain in their homes and jobs and directly apply everything they learn to improving policy and practice in their communities and organizations.

Chapman is currently a postdoctoral research associate in human development and family studies at Iowa State University and associate director of research and engagement for the ISU Translational Research Network, familiarly known as U-TuRN. The transdisciplinary U-TuRN network aims to bridge science with practice through community-engaged scholarship. The network is building sustainable systems that empower communities to take science-based actions that enable healthier lifestyles for all.

As a member of the Culture of Health Leaders program’s newest cohort, Chapman’s work will focus on ways to improve the social and emotional health of older adults and their families in rural America. As part of the program, she will also:

  • Benefit from high-caliber curricula and coaching from national leaders.
  • Collaborate with other cutting-edge thinkers to create greater impact.
  • Accelerate her ability to build healthy communities, inform public opinion and policy, and contribute significantly to building a culture of health.
Dr. Sarah Killoren Featured on MU News Bureau

Posted: Sep. 27, 2018

HDFS Associate Professor Sarah Killoren was recently featured on MU News Bureau for her research on older sisters' role in healthy conversations about teenage relationships. Dr. Killoren found that sisters are more comfortable and honest in conversations about dating and sex.

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Sarah Killoren

Dr. Kale Monk Featured on MU News Bureau

Posted: Aug. 23, 2018

HDFS Assistant Professor Kale Monk was recently featured on MU News Bureau for his research on on-off relationships and their impact on mental health. Dr. Monk found that on-off relationships are associated with higher rates of abuse, poorer communication and lower levels of commitment.

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Kale Monk