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Statement by the HDFS Faculty in Support of MU Students Who Are Addressing Issues of Injustice

Posted: Nov. 9, 2015

Please know that the Department of Human Development and Family Science stands with students who are experiencing marginalization and oppression on campus. Oppressive campus experiences impact student functioning, learning, psychological and social adjustment, physical and mental safety, and matriculation through programs of study. We support the ongoing efforts of many of our students involved in Concerned Student 1950, and other student organizations focused on addressing injustices of marginalized groups. We applaud the courage and resilience of our students, and expect the Board of Curators and MU Administrators to take bold actions to address these major issues.

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HDFS Researchers Awarded $9.6 Million for 5 Year Show Me Healthy Marriages and Relationships Project

Posted: Oct. 28, 2015

A team from the Department of Human Development and Family Science was recently awarded $9.6 million by the Administration for Children and Families to fund a five year project, Show Me Healthy Marriages and Relationships (SMHRM). The project team includes Dr. David Schramm (PI), Associate Professor and State Extension Specialist, and Dr. Chelsea Garneau-Rosner (Co-I), Assistant Professor. Together with three community partners (Central Missouri Community Action located in Columbia, Douglass Community Services, Inc. located in Hannibal, and Cornerstones of Care—Healthy Families Program, located in Kansas City), regional extension specialists, and graduate students the project will provide tailored case management services and deliver relationship and marriage education programming in addition to parenting, stepfamily, money management, personal well-being, and employability skills training. These services will target more than 2,000 Missouri residents across 21 counties, with a particular emphasis on helping low-resource families improve their healthy relationship and marriage skills, parenting and coparenting skills, personal well-being, and economic stability. The project also involves collaboration with MU’s Assessment Resource Center to evaluate the effectiveness of text-message tips as a follow up to maintain levels of improved relationship quality, and Learfield Communications, Inc. who will assist with a targeted public advertising campaign.

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HDFS Research that Matters

Posted: Oct. 8, 2015

HDFS faculty members are among the leading researchers in the world on issues that matter to families, children, and adults of all ages. Over the past two months, research by HDFS faculty have been featured four times by the MU News Bureau (this is 12% of all of the MU research-related news releases during that time period). This wide-ranging body of scholarship (research on stepparent-stepchild relationships [Lawrence Ganong and Marilyn Coleman], moral development of children and adolescents [Gustavo Carlo], sibling relationships and mental health [Sarah Killoren], forgiveness in relationships [Christine Proulx]) has been disseminated internationally. HDFS research matters, and makes a difference. Here are links to the releases:

Additionally, two more HDFS scholars received word of the largest grant in HDFS history:

A team from the Department of Human Development and Family Science was recently awarded $9.6 million by the Administration for Children and Families to fund a five year project, Show Me Healthy Marriages and Relationships (SMHRM). The project team includes Dr. David Schramm (PI), Associate Professor and State Extension Specialist, and Dr. Chelsea Garneau-Rosner (Co-I), Assistant Professor. Together with three community partners (Central Missouri Community Action located in Columbia, Douglass Community Services, Inc. located in Hannibal, and Cornerstones of Care—Healthy Families Program, located in Kansas City), regional extension specialists, and graduate students the project will provide tailored case management services and deliver relationship and marriage education programming in addition to parenting, stepfamily, money management, personal well-being, and employability skills training. These services will target more than 2,000 Missouri residents across 21 counties, with a particular emphasis on helping low-resource families improve their healthy relationship and marriage skills, parenting and coparenting skills, personal well-being, and economic stability.

Finally, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded a grant to HDFS Assistant Professor Francisco Palermo. The focus of the grant is, "Examining how early childhood adversity impacts the sociobehavioral health and educational well-being of Latino children." This is a two-year grant that allows Dr. Palermo opportunities to work with other scholars associated with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and to conduct research with a national data set from Early Head Start Research and Evaluation Project.


Graduate Student Receives Fellowship

May 17, 2015

Zehra GulsevenDoctoral student, Zehra Gulseven, received an International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD) Mentored Fellowship from the Jacobs Foundation. The ISSBD fellowship is designed to support young scholars who are enrolled in a PhD program. This is a very competitive and distinguished international award in psychology, educational sciences, and related fields. Zehra will be mentored by a local scholar (Dr. Carlo) and an international scholar (Dr. Asiye Kumru, Ozyegen University, Turkey). The fellowship includes a monthly stipend for two years (with a possible third year extension) and travel support to conferences and training workshops. Congratulations, Zehra!


Child Life Month

Posted: Mar. 17, 2015

Happy Child Life Month! Please enjoy the video below, produced by the Child Life Council. The video tells the story of a regional hospital adopting child life services and highlights the impact of those services, particularly the utilization of play, on patients, families and medical team members.


Top Faculty Achievers Honored

Posted: Mar. 16, 2015

Three HDFS faculty members were honored at a reception on March 3, 2015 for MU Top Faculty Achievers, hosted by Chancellor Bowen Loftin. Millsap Professor of Diversity in HDFS, Gustavo Carlo, was honored for being elected to Fellow status in both the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society in 2014. Congratulations to Drs. Carlo, Killoren, and Landor! We are proud of you!

Here is a picture from the reception of Chancellor Loftin, Nicole Campione-Barr of Psychological Sciences, and our own Sarah Killoren, Antoinette Landor, and Gus Carlo.

Chancellor Loftin with honored HDFS faculty


Victoria Yu - 2015 Recipient of Mizzou '39

Victoria YuPosted: Feb. 27, 2015

Congratulations to Victoria Yu, HDFS Senior, for being named as one of the Mizzou '39! Victoria is the Chief Diversity Officer for the Missouri Students Association, Treasurer of Phi Upsilon Omicron Honor Society, President of the Asian American Association, Chairwoman of the Midwest Asian American Students Union, and HES Ambassador.


CDL Block Party

Posted: Feb. 5, 2015

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Child Development Lab's Green Door classroom now has a new set of blocks and a cart for storage! When children build with blocks, they are engaged in carrying out a plan, taking risks, solving problems and learning to cooperate with their peers. In addition, block play supports language development and fosters scientific and mathematical exploration. These blocks will facilitate valuable learning experiences for children today and for years to come.


New Online Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education

Posted: Dec. 8, 2014

We are now offering a new online bachelor of science degree in early childhood education (BS HES).This online program prepares students to work in the field of early childhood education. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be qualified to work in various early education and care settings serving children from birth through eight years in a wide variety of community and military settings, including early education centers and preschools, family and home care settings, Head Start and Early Head Start programs, and before/after school programs, to name a few.

Read press release    Learn about the program


New Undergraduate Degree Program

Posted: Nov. 13, 2014

We are part of the new Great Plains IDEA BS degree, Early Childhood Education in a Mobile Society. The group had a booth at the National Association for the Education for Young Children annual conference last week. Can you spot the best looking t-shirt in the picture (hint: it is black and gold)?

booth at NAEYC conference


Marilyn Coleman Alumni Graduate Scholarship

Posted: Mar. 24, 2014

As Director of Graduate Studies in HDFS for 18 years, and as Department Chair for 18 years, Dr. Marilyn Coleman has mentored hundreds of students. During the National Council on Family Relations annual conference held November 2013, Dr. Coleman received the Felix Berardo Mentoring Award, which is given to an NCFR member whose work has been noted for excellence in mentoring one or more junior colleagues.

In addition to the honor of receiving the award, a monetary gift was presented. Typical of Dr. Coleman's generosity, she is donating her cash award to the Marilyn Coleman Alumni Graduate Scholarship in HDFS and has offered to match all contributions up to $5,000. We invite you to rise to this challenge and honor Dr. Coleman by contributing to the alumni graduate scholarship.

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