HDFS News & Impact

HDFS Interim Chair Announcement: Congratulations to Chris Proulx!

Posted: Aug. 25, 2020

Christine ProulxHello 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!


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Brenda Lohman, PhD
Interim Dean HES
Professor, Human Development and Family Science

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

Posted: Jul. 23, 2020

Antoinette LandorDr. 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. 

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

Posted: Jul. 8, 2020

Antoinette LandorCongratulations 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.

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. Landor Receives RAPID Grant Related to COVID-19

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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