HDFS News & Impact

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

Posted: May 4, 2020

Antoinette LandorCongratulations 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.

Dr. Tashel Bordere Participates in ADEC Panel Discussion

Posted: Apr. 15, 2020

Antoinette LandorCongratulations 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"
Dr. Tashel Bordere Participates in ADEC Panel Discussion

Posted: Apr. 6, 2020

Tashel BordereDr. 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.

Dr. Sarah Killoren Interviewed by NBC News

Posted: Jan. 13, 2020

Sarah KillorenDr. 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.

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MU College of Human Environmental Sciences Welcomes Dr. Brenda Lohman

Posted: Nov. 13, 2019

Brenda LohmanThe College of Human Environmental Sciences at the University of Missouri welcomes Dr. Brenda Lohman as Chair and Professor of the Department of Human Development and Family Science. Dr. Lohman joined the MU faculty on August 1, 2019, after an extensive national search.

Previous to joining the faculty at Mizzou, Dr. Lohman was Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education in the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University. Dr. Lohman provided oversight for research conducted by her former College of Human Sciences students, faculty, and staff, which was backed annually by more than $21 million in external funding. She also oversaw the office of distance learning and IT for the College, as well as supported faculty development programming. "We are extremely fortunate to attract someone with Brenda Lohman’s experience and expertise to be the Chair of HDFS," noted Dean Sandy Rikoon, "She has an amazing track record as both a faculty member and campus leader and I am absolutely confident she will provide the leadership necessary to maintain the high national reputation and standing of Mizzou’s HDFS department."

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Dr. Landor in the News

Posted: Oct. 16, 2019

Antoinette LandorAssistant Professor, Dr. Antoinette Landor's research on understanding racial trauma and acknowledging skin tone was recently pulished on Mizzou News. Dr. Landor found that the first model for understanding skin-tone trauma indicates that colorist incidents lead to negative effects on health and relationships.

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Dr. Jacquelyn Benson's Research is Featured on MU News Bureau

Posted: Oct. 3, 2019

Jacquelyn BensonAssistant Professor and State Extension Specialist Jacquelyn Benson was recently featured on MU News Bureau for her research on tension around autonomy and the increase on family conflict at end of life. Dr. Benson found that communication, support and self-care are critical for caregivers to reduce distress.

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Dr. Landor in the News

Posted: Aug. 12, 2019

Antoinette LandorDr. Antoinette Landor, Assistant Professor at the MU Department of Human Development and Family Science, was recently featured in Psychology Today for her research with colleague Dr. Virginia Ramseyer Winter, Assistant Professor at the MU School of Social Work, on why you need to talk about sex with your partner. Their findings suggest that, "in general, women who reported that they were happy in their relationship and comfortable talking about sex were also more likely to have had conversations with their partners about disease and pregnancy prevention, and they were also more likely to take precautions against them. These findings are consistent with other research showing that open discussions about sex lead to more frequent and consistent condom use."

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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!