HDFS News & Impact
for ShowMe Healthy Relationships Program
Posted: 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 and 1,770 singles across Missouri since 2015. Because of the program’s success so far, the college was awarded a new 5-year, $6.24 million research grant from the Administration for Children and Families to continue this work. The new grant will focus on reaching single adults who want healthier romantic relationships in the future. Participants in the 8-week program will learn qualities that make a good partner, how to communicate and maintain a partnership, and how topics like parenting, finances and personal well-being are related to healthy relationship choices. The researchers aim to enroll 2,800 adults and follow them for 12 months after completing the program to learn more about the longer-term impacts on their future relationship experiences. Congratulations to Dr. Chelsea Garneau-Rosner and Dr. Melissa Herzog for their continued success in implementing this valuable program.
Posted: 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 careers, for superior research and creative activity on the MU campus.
Posted: 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 her contribution to mentoring undergraduates at Mizzou and her successes as a faculty member in winning this prestigious national award.
Dr. Landor's research focuses on the effect of race on individual, relational, and family health and functioning. Over the past five years, she has mentored and advised five Ronald McNair Scholars, five Psychological Sciences Honors Capstone students, as well as two Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) award recipients sponsored by the College of Human Sciences at the University of Missouri. She has helped to guide the research of over 20 students at the undergraduate level in our department and across campus. The McNair, Psychological Sciences Honors Capstone, and PURE student mentoring all involve year-long rigorous independent research projects.
Posted: 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 the role, having served as the interim Department Chair of HDFS in the 2018-2019 academic year; the chair of the HES Faculty Council on College Policy from 2014-2017; and as chair of the Research & Theory membership section of the National Council on Family Relations from 2016-2017. Chris’s research examines social connectedness and health in mid and later life, with a particular emphasis on marriage and caregiving.
I look forward to continuing to work with Chris and my colleagues in HDFS under her leadership. Please help me in congratulating Chris Proulx!
Brenda Lohman, PhD
Interim Dean HES
Professor, Human Development and Family Science
Posted: Jul. 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 nationally recognized research program that is breaking new ground and pushing the field to think more complexly about how colorism and racism shapes individual, relational, and family health and functioning. Her research is also defining an entirely new field focused on the ways in which skin tone, sexuality, and relationships intersect within communities of color. Landor’s scholarly writing embodies HDFS diversity research that is cutting edge and innovative, and on a subject that is timely and relevant for a multicultural, multi-racial society.
Her work has been widely published in top journals, such as Perspectives on Psychological Science, Journal of Adolescent Health, Journal of Youth and Adolescence and Archives of Sexual Behavior, and has been presented at domestic and international conferences, such as the European Congress of Psychology in Milan, Italy and the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development in Gold Coast, Australia. She has been interviewed by EBONY Magazine (readership of 11 million), Well + Good Magazine (readership of 10 million), and her research has been cited in national and international media outlets such as Psychology Today, NYMagazine, Salon, New York Daily News, and MedIndia:Network for Health.
Among her awards, Landor is the recent recipient of the prestigious President’s Award for Early Career Excellence from the University of Missouri System. In addition, her work has received national awards, and her article— Landor & Barr, 2018—received the Wiley Publishing Certificate of Recognition as One of the Top Downloaded Articles from Journal of Family Theory & Review. Landor teaches thought-provoking courses on Black Families, Youth Culture, and Human Sexuality. She is also the recipient of several awards for teaching and mentoring including Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year, the Gold Chalk Award, and the Distinguished Faculty Service Award.
Landor joined the University of Missouri in 2014 and is co-founder and Associate Director of the Center for Body Image Research and Policy (CBIRP). Landor received a PhD from the University of Georgia and completed a National Institutes of Health (NIH) postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She grew up in southern Louisiana, attended Grambling State University for her undergraduate studies, and is a proud and active member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and the Links, Incorporated (Charter Member of Central Missouri Chapter).
The Millsap Professorship in Human Development and Family Science was funded in 1997 by Marvin and Rose Millsap through the Missouri Endowed Chair and Professorship Program. This program was established with the support of the Missouri Legislature for the purpose of creating a national model, combining private and public resources to create endowed chairs and professorships at the University of Missouri.
Posted: Jul. 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 discrimination. Her nationally-recognized work seeks to understand how skin tone and colorism (discrimination based on how dark or light a person is) are related to family functioning, romantic relationships and personal health. As one of few experts in this area, Dr. Landor has made a major impact, publishing on average more than four articles of primary research each year and receiving recognition from the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) and the Society for Research in Child Development, two of the most prominent organizations in the field of human development and family science. She also engages in mentorship of African American undergraduate and graduate students on campus and works tirelessly to inform public discussions around race and skin tone. Dr. Landor’s work in Ferguson and at the University during moments of unrest over racial issues has built a community dialogue that encourages critical thinking and empathic rationality when facing emotionally volatile and often divisive issues. Dr. Landor is one of Mizzou’s finest scholars, recognized by her peers and students as an expert, and dedicated to improving society by helping our community think carefully about race, colorism and relationships.
Posted: 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 us, the authentic and genuine version of who we are in working with students.
Posted: Apr. 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 Environmental Sciences
PI: Virginia Ramseyer Winter
Co-I: Antoinette Landor
"Body Image and Unhealthy Eating Behaviors: Examining Dieting and Binge Eating during COVID-19"
- 2020-2021 - RAPID Grant Related to COVID-19, University of Missouri College of Human Environmental Sciences
PI: Antoinette Landor
Co-I: Virginia Ramseyer Winter
"Dating during a Global Pandemic: Investigating the Impact of COVID-19 on Romantic Relationships, Sex, and Health"
Posted: Apr. 6, 2020
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 largely focuses on the profound impact of non-death losses (coping and supporting families, students, communities from a distance, separation from family members hospitalized with COVID and other serious conditions - Cancer, new learning and work environments). It has relevance both from a professional standpoint and a personal standpoint as many of our students, faculty and administrators will be personally impacted by COVID-19 in some form. It also took a look at "last" responders (funeral directors) who are especially important in this pandemic but are not being recognized like "first" responders in the media.
Posted: 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 — and reminds us what is so special about the sisterly bond.