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HDFS Diversity/Margaret Mangel Lectureship – Velma McBride Murry

Posted: Mar. 20, 2017

Promoting Positive Youth Development Among African American Youth: Examining the Protective Nature of African American Families

Velma McBride MurryFriday, Apr. 21, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Jesse Wrench Auditorium, Memorial Union

Speaker: Velma McBride Murry
Lois Autrey Betts Chair in Education and Human Development
Joe B. Wyatt Distinguished University Professor
Professor, Human and Organizational Development in Peabody College, Vanderbilt University

Velma McBride Murry has conducted research on African-American parents and youth for over 20 years. Her pivotal work on rural African American families informed the development of the Strong African American Families Program, a curriculum designed to strengthen positive parent-child relationships and prepare youth to delay age at sexual onset and lower substance use. She is the author of over 100 scientific articles, and has received numerous awards, including the 2014 Society for Prevention Research Award for Contributions in Community, Culture and Prevention Science, and the 2014 American Psychological Association Presidential Citation, Distinguished Research and Contributions for Children, Youth, and HIV/AIDS.

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Dr. Benson Appointed to ADAW

Posted: Jan. 30, 2017

Dr. Jacqui Benson was selected to among the first members of the Division of Family and Consumer Sciences Adult Development and Aging Workgroup (ADAW) at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. This group will help to inform priorities and programs at the federal level for our work with the aging population. Members of the group include federal staff and gerontologists in various disciplines at land grant universities throughout the nation. Congratulations, Dr. Benson!

Jacqui Benson

Dr. Carlo Receives NIOSH Grant

Posted: Jan. 23, 2017

Dr. Gustavo Carlo was awarded a five-year grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (U54) entitled, "Health and Safety Risks Among Immigrant Cattle Feedlot Workers in Nebraska and Kansas." The project is a collaborative center project with the University of Nebraska Medical Center designed to examine health issues among Latino cattle feedlot migrant workers and their families. Dr. Gustavo Carlo is the HDFS Millsap Professor of Diversity and Multicultural Studies, the Director of the Center for Family Policy and Research, and Co-Director of the Center for Children and Families Across Cultures. Congratulations, Dr. Carlo!

Gus Carlo

HDFS PhD Candidate Discusses Post-Divorce Coparenting

Posted: Dec. 1, 2016

Luke T. Russell, doctoral candidate in Human Development and Family Science, discusses research on barriers to post-divorce coparenting with Kristi Carson on Emmis Radio's "Today's Issues." The original study, published in Family Relations, was conducted in collaboration with Drs. Jonathon J. Beckmeyer, Marilyn Coleman, " Lawrence Ganong.


HDFS Ranks High in Value

Posted: Nov. 1, 2016

Great Value Colleges ranked the top 50 colleges for family and consumer sciences in 2016-2017 according to value and HDFS came in at #6! The ranking was created based on master’s and doctoral degree opportunities, research opportunities, and internship and scholarship opportunities, to name a few. Data was collected from the NCES College Navigator database, Payscale.com and school websites.

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Dr. Carlo in the News

Posted: Oct. 31, 2016

Dr. Gustavo Carlo, Millsap Professor of Diversity at HDFS and Director of the Center for Family Policy and Research, was recently featured in a study about 2016's States with the Most Integrated Hispanics published by WalletHub.

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HDFS Senior Featured on Mizzou News

Posted: Oct. 10, 2016

Congratulations to HFDS senior, Kendall Malkin, for her feature on Mizzou News: "Willing and Able." In the article, Kendall discusses her passion for child development, her challenges and experiences with hearing loss, and her involvement on campus as a leader. Kendall will graduate in spring 2017 and plans to become a child life specialist. Photo credit: Shane Epping

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Kendall Malkin


Spotlight on Graduate Students: Andrea Roach

Posted: Aug. 31, 2016

Meet one of our graduate students in HDFS at Mizzou! Andrea is a fifth year doctoral student and will join the faculty at California State University, Fresno as an assistant professor this August. We interviewed Andrea about her research and teaching experiences at Mizzou, as well as her overall life in Columbia. Read more

Andrea Roach


Dr. Ganong in the News

Posted: Aug. 29, 2016

Dr. Larry Ganong’s interview with KOMU: "New Missouri parenting law may cause more conflict than it resolves," was featured on Aug. 25th's morning clips packet distributed to MU administrators. It also was featured on WGEM out of Quincy, IL.


HDFS Graduate Student Wins Prestigious Anderson Graduate Research Award

Posted: May 9, 2016

Doctoral candidate Cara Streit received the prestigious Donald K. Anderson Graduate Research Award at the Graduate Awards Banquet. This award, "rewards current research assistants demonstrating excellence and lasting impact through contributions to research, future promise as a researcher, originality, imagination, satisfactory progress toward a degree and research mentoring to peers." There is only one award given at Mizzou annually, and Cara won! Her advisor and mentor is Millsap Professor of Diversity in HDFS, Dr. Gus Carlo. Cara is the third HDFS graduate student to win this award in the 21st Century – hooray for us and congratulations to Cara Streit!

Cara Streit


HES Awards

Posted: Apr. 18, 2016

HDFS was represented well in the annual Human Environmental Sciences Awards. One of the two Distinguished Research Awards went to Lawrence Ganong. The Distinguished Staff Award was presented to the CDL’s Dee Ann Sneed, and the first-ever Graduate Research Award was given to doctoral candidate Cara Streit. Congratulations!


PURE Awards for 2016-2017

Posted: Apr. 18, 2016

A record number of PURE awards (Program for Undergraduate Research Experience) were given to HDFS undergraduate students and their faculty mentors.

  • Alexis Combs received a PURE award from the College of HES for her project titled "Life, Death, and Legacy Study on End of Life Planning." Her mentor will be Dr. Jacquelyn Benson.
  • Alyssa Jones was awarded a PURE award for her project titled “Daily Diary Study on Unmarried Couples in Later Life.” Her mentor will be Dr. Jacquelyn J. Benson.
  • Katherine Crowley will receive a PURE Award for a project on “Former Stepparents.” She will be working with Dr. Lawrence Ganong.
  • Kathleen Holloway’s PURE project on “The Impact of Color: Phenotype, Interpersonal Relationships, and Health,” will be conducted under the guidance of Dr. Antoinette Landor.
  • Kierstin Godier will receive a PURE for a project on “Mothers' Management of Peer Relationships and Children's Peer Competence.” Dr. Sarah Killoren will be her mentor.

Faculty Share Personal Experiences and Research about Stepfamilies

Posted: Apr. 6, 2016

Dr. Larry Ganong, professor and co-chairman, and Dr. Marilyn Coleman, curators' distinguished professor emerita, shared their personal family experiences and research (and an extraordinary historical photo!) about stepfamilies in an article for the Columbia Daily Tribune.

Columbia Tribune - 4/1/16


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