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HDFS Students Get Honorable Mentions in Prestigious National Accolades

May 3, 2024

Jessica Marmolejos has been selected as an alternate for the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Karen Talley received an honorable mention for her application to the Graduate Research Fellowship Program with the National Science Foundation.


MU HDFS PhD Student Earns Several Accolades

April 29, 2024

Alaina Dooley was honored with the MU PIVOT award for supporting other students’ fellowship efforts.

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Nora Hager Receives Excellence in Advising Award from Mizzou

April 15, 2024

In recognition of her dedication and support of students, Nora was recently recognized by the University of Missouri and received the 2024 Excellence in Advising Award.


HDFS Student Meets with Legislators to Advocate for Improved Pediatric Cancer Research and Care

Feb. 20, 2024

Aryahna Le Grand went to DC as a member of the Mizzou MoreThan4 Organization to attend the 2024 Alliance for Childhood Cancer Action Days – an event that brings advocates together to discuss childhood cancer issues before Congress.

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HDFS 4-H Extension Professors Win Extension & Engagement Week Collaborative Research Competition

Nov. 20, 2023

A team featuring HDFS faculty won a $20,000 prize to design and deliver two-day camps offering leadership training to underrepresented youth.

HDFS Graduate Students Receive Recognition at the National Council on Family Relations

Nov. 20, 2023

Two graduate students received accolades for their research on families at the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR).

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Avelina Rivero Earns National Graduate Student Fellowship

Oct. 16, 2023

Avelina Rivero was selected as a graduate fellow of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE).

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Ogan Receives Competitive Dissertation Grant from the Administration for Children and Families

Sept. 26, 2023

Doctoral candidate Matthew Ogan is receiving over $25,000 to study how economic hardships influence mental health and relationship functioning in mothers experiencing low income.

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Eight New Faculty in Fall 2023

Aug. 1, 2023

This Fall, the Department of Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) welcomes eight new members to our team!

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HDFS Faculty Receive Funding to Study Child Care Rates in the U.S.

July 5, 2023

Child care is a considerable expense for families and yet, many child care providers are underpaid relative to other industries and the critical nature of their work (i.e., supporting the labor force, caring for the future work force). The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education awarded Drs. Louis Manfra and Francisco Palermo over $300,000…

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Hanamori Skoblow Honored with P.E.O. Scholar Award

May 8, 2023

Hanamori Skoblow, MS, a Ph.D. student in Human Development and Family Science at the University of Missouri, is one of 110 doctoral students in the U. S. and Canada selected to receive a $20,000 Scholar Award given by the International Chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood.  This award will support Hanamori in completing her dissertation and…

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Jasmine Godwin Awarded Prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

May 4, 2023

Congratulations to Jasmine M. Godwin on receiving a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)! The New Haven, Connecticut native, who completed a bachelor’s degree at Tuskegee University, is a second-year graduate student (MS/PhD) in the Department of Human Development and Family Science. Her program of research focuses on the Black Family unit…

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Two HDFS Doctoral Students receive honors at the Annual Research & Creative Activities Forum (AGAIN!)

April 25, 2023

Mizzou HDFS graduate students Shannon Dier and Aida Ismailova received top honors for their presentations at the 39th Annual Research & Creative Activities Forum (RCAF).

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Two Doctoral Students Receive Top Graduate Professional Council Awards

April 18, 2023

Shannon Dier and Matthew Ogan, were honored at the 2023 MU Graduate and Postdoctoral Awards Reception.

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HDFS Research Skills Critical in Successful Tech Internship

Dec. 5, 2022

Mizzou HDFS PhD candidate Fatin Asnan returned to Columbia this fall excited to share her experiences over the summer as a Research Intern at Lacework, a cybersecurity tech startup in San Jose, CA.


Being comfortable with aging can benefit sex life

Nov. 28, 2022

A new study by HDFS doctoral student Hanamori Skoblow has found older adults who feel positively about aging have a healthier sex life.


MU Child Development Lab Names New Director

Nov. 11, 2022

Today, University of Missouri Human Development and Family Science Department Chair Brenda Lohman announced that Miranda Clines has been named the next Director of the MU Child Development Lab School, effective December 5, 2022.

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Mizzou HDFS Offers a New Applied Child & Youth Development Certificate

Nov. 9, 2022

HDFS now offers an innovative, new certificate in Applied Child and Youth Development to “prepare students to understand key milestones, challenges, and contexts that are critical to working effectively with youth of many ages.”

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Alumna Opens Learning Center in Kennett, MO

Sept. 29, 2022

In 2020, Krista Beaird earned her degree in Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) with an emphasis in Child Development and Education.  During her studies at Mizzou, Krista took the class HDFS 4570: Administration of Programs for Children and Families, with Dr. Michelle Mathews who was also her advisor and the Director of the MU…

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HDFS Research Team Studies Colorism In South Africa

Sept. 20, 2022

Dr. Landor and her Research Team in Cape Town, South Africa. Associate Professor Antoinette Landor and four students from her research lab— three HDFS doctoral students (Jasmine Godwin, Jessica Marmolejos, Joelle Smith) and one undergraduate McNair Scholar (Aminah Bradley-Pikes)— traveled to Cape Town, South Africa in March and April 2022 to conduct research interviewing Black…

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HDFS is Hiring!

Sept. 20, 2022

HDFS is seeking highly qualified faculty to join our dynamic, vibrant, and multidisciplinary team in a department steeped in rich history of translational science that strives to improve the health and development of individuals and families throughout the life course.

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Translating Research into Policy to Benefit Older Adults

Aug. 29, 2022

Hanamori Skoblow HDFS Doctoral student Hanamori (Hana) Skoblow recently completed a Summer Policy Internship with the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). During her six-week experience, Hana crafted issue briefs for one of GSA's journals, the Public Policy & Aging Report, to disseminate research and actionable policy recommendations to Congressional staff. She also researched and analyzed legislation that…

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Travel Awards Send Doctoral Student To Italy & New York

Aug. 3, 2022

Doctoral student Matthew (Matt) Ogan recently attended the Fragile Families Summer Data Workshop in June 2022. Through a competitive application process, the Columbia Population Research Center funded travel to New York City to train early career scholars to access and analyze data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study. This large-scale study follows urban…

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Putting Her Doctoral Training to Work

June 28, 2022

HDFS Doctoral Candidate Alaysia Brown  has accepted a prestigious two-year postdoctoral research fellowship at Harvard University. Starting this September 2022, Alaysia will collaborate with faculty and other post-doctoral fellows as part of Harvard’s Inequality in America Initiative. This program takes a multidisciplinary approach to enhance teaching and research on social and economic inequality. Alaysia will…

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Ashlie Lester Receives Writing Intensive Teaching Excellence Award

June 15, 2022

This May, Dr. Ashlie Lester, Associate Teaching Professor in HDFS, received a 2022 Writing Intensive Teaching Excellence Award at the 2022 Celebration of Teaching event. Dr. Amy Lannin, Associate Professor and Director of the Campus Writing Program, presented this award on behalf of the Campus Writing Program to recognize Dr. Lester’s dedication to building WI…

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HDFS Doctoral Students Earn Top Research Honors

May 24, 2022

#MizzouHDFS PhD students Hanamori Skoblow and Matthew Ogan were awarded 1st and 2nd place respectively in the 38th Annual Research & Creative Activities Forum (RCAF). This event is hosted by the Graduate Professional Council (GPC) and offers graduate students the opportunity to present their work to a wide audience of professors from University of Missouri…

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Brenda Lohman Conferred Fellow Status by NCFR

March 25, 2022

The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) has conferred its prestigious fellow status on Brenda Lohman, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Human Development and Family Science at the University of Missouri (MU). She is also the director of MU’s Center for Family Policy and Research. Dr. Lohman has made outstanding contributions to…

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HDFS Students Selected for Mizzou 18

March 14, 2022

HDFS graduate students Fatin Asnan and Wenting Sun have been inducted into Mizzou 18! The Mizzou Alumni Association Student Board presents this award, 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…

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Antoinette M. Landor Awarded 2021 Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence

April 9, 2021

Mun Choi, president of the University of Missouri, Latha Ramchand, MU provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, and Steve Sowers, president and CEO of the central region of Commerce Bank, today awarded a 2021 William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence to Antoinette M. Landor, an associate professor in the College of Human…

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Alaina Wilson Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!

March 23, 2021

Congratulations to Alaina Wilson on receiving a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowship! Alaina is a first-year graduate student (MS/PhD) in the Department of Human Development and Family Science. Her program of research focuses on identifying strengths-based approaches to promote emotional development in early childhood, regardless of the resources available to children and families. Her project for…

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Melissa Herzog Rewarded for Improvement of Youth Development Online Grad Degrees

March 12, 2021

Melissa Herzog’s peers rewarded her online teaching methods with a 2021 Faculty Excellence Award from Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance. Herzog teaches in the youth development graduate degree program offered together online by seven universities. She is part of the online program as an assistant teaching professor and graduate advisor for youth development at…

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Dr. Antoinette Landor Featured on Show Me Mizzou

Jan. 20, 2021

A Major Mentor Students reflect on the importance of discovering a mentor who looks like them at Mizzou. Story by Sara Diedrich, 573-8823243, diedrichs@missouri.edu Antoinette Landor believes that mentoring in college has the power to change a student’s world view and life trajectory. It happened to her. “It showed me a world I wouldn’t have…

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Congratulations to our Mizzou HDFS 2020 National Council on Family Relations Award Winners

Dec. 17, 2020

Multiple MU HDFS Doctoral students and faculty members were honored for their research at the recent National Council on Family Relations annual conference held in November. Congratulations to our students and faculty for making contributions to the field that have real-world implications for improving the lives of individuals and families! Outstanding Publication of the Year Award,…

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Doctoral Students Win Graduate Professional Council Research Awards

Dec. 17, 2020

Two HDFS Doctoral Students won first place honors for their presentations in this year’s Graduate Professional Council (GPC) Research and Creative Activities Forum. Alaina Wilson took first place in the Social Sciences, Quantitative category for her work Pandemic play: How are children playing during the COVID-19 pandemic and why? Shannon Dier took first place in the Social…

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Drs. Garneau-Rosner and Herzog Receive $6.24 Million Grant for ShowMe Healthy Relationships Program

Dec. 3, 2020

ShowMe Healthy Relationships (SMHR) is a partnership between the University of Missouri Extension, University of Missouri Department of Human Development and Family Science, and three Community Family Agencies who have come together to help singles and couples have happy and healthy relationships. The program has provided training in healthy relationship skills to 1,127 adult couples…

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Dr. Landor Receives Provost Outstanding Junior Faculty Research and Creative Activity Award

Nov. 3, 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Antoinette Landor, HDFS Associate Professor and Millsap Professorship of Diversity and Multicultural Studies, on being selected as a recipient of the 2020 Provost Outstanding Junior Faculty Research and Creative Activity Award. The purpose of this award is to give special recognition to junior faculty, who are in the early phases of their…

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Dr. Landor Wins APLU Research Mentor Award

Oct. 12, 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Antoinette Landor, HDFS Associate Professor and Millsap Professorship of Diversity and Multicultural Studies, on winning the APLU 2020 Board on Human Sciences Undergraduate Research Mentor Award. The award recognizes a faculty member in the human sciences for exceptional performance as a research mentor to undergraduate students. We are so very proud of…

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HDFS Interim Chair Announcement: Congratulations to Chris Proulx

Aug. 25, 2020

Hello HES Colleagues: I am pleased to announce that Chris Proulx has accepted the position of Interim Department Chair in Human Development and Family Science for the 2020-2021 academic year. Chris joined HDFS in 2007 and is currently an Associate Professor and Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. She brings considerable leadership experience to…

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Dr. Landor Named Millsap HDFS Professor of Diversity & Multicultural Studies

July 23, 2020

Dr. Antoinette M. Landor Named the Millsap Missouri Professorship in Human Development and Family Studies with a focus on Diversity and Multicultural Studies Antoinette M. Landor, will serve as the Millsap Professorship of Diversity and Multicultural Studies in the Department of Human Development and Family Science, for the 2020-2021 academic year. Dr. Landor has a…

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Dr. Landor Receives President’s Award for Early Career Excellence

July 8, 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Antoinette Landor, HDFS Assistant Professor and Co-Founder/Associate Director of the Center for Body Image Research and Policy (CBIRP), on receiving the UM System President's Award for Early Career Excellence. Since joining Mizzou in 2014, Dr. Landor has pushed researchers, academics and the public to think in new and more complex ways about…

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Dr. Landor Receives 2020 Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year Award

May 4, 2020

Congratulations are in order for Dr. Antoinette Landor, HDFS Assistant Professor and Co-Founder/Associate Director of the Center for Body Image Research and Policy (CBIRP), on being selected as one of two Undergraduate Research Mentors of the Year. This award is especially meaningful given that Dr. Landor was nominated by students. Our students know the real…

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Dr. Landor Receives RAPID Grant Related to COVID-19

April 15, 2020

>Congratulations are in order for Dr. Antoinette Landor, Assistant Professor at HDFS, and Dr. Ginny Ramseyer Winter, Assistant Professor for the MU School of Social Work, on receiving two RAPID Grants Related to COVID 19 from the College of Human Environmental Sciences: 2020-2021 - RAPID Grant Related to COVID-19, University of Missouri College of Human…

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Dr. Tashel Bordere Participates in ADEC Panel Discussion

April 6, 2020

p>Dr. Tashel Bordere, Assistant Professor at HDFS, was part of an interdisciplinary panel (clinician, hospice, academia, mortician, chaplain) discussion and interview sponsored by the Association for Death Education and Counseling on "Grief, Bereavement and Death at a Distance." The panel was a timely discussion that provided an inside look around coping with death losses but…

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Dr. Sarah Killoren Interviewed by NBC News

Jan. 13, 2020

Dr. Sarah Killoren, Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science, was interviewed by NBC News for her research on sisterhood. The article is entitled What "Little Women" can teach us about the power of sisterhood. The article discusses how the classic story highlights the complex and intimate relationship between sisters —…