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Alum and Faculty Win Graduate School Awards

Alum and Faculty Win Graduate School Awards

The University of Texas at Austin's Graduate School has announced the 2019 winners of its professional and student awards, which include a recent graduate student and faculty member from Human Development and Family Sciences. Generously underwritten by the University Co-op, the awards recognize excellence in graduate academics, teaching and professional services.

Some Parents More Challenged When Sons Encounter Bias

Some Parents More Challenged When Sons Encounter Bias

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have found that African-American parents who have had only limited first-hand experience with racial discrimination become less engaged as their sons encounter more racism. These parents are the most involved parents when their sons experience little discrimination. Yet, as their sons' racial discrimination experiences increase, they become less involved than parents of girls and other parents of boys.

Starting Out Solo

Starting Out Solo

Much media coverage has focused on some millennials' "failure to launch," the term for when young adults live at home and get a great deal of support from their parents. Human Development and Family Sciences Professor Karen Fingerman wondered about another phenomenon—let's call it failure to latch. She wanted to know: What about the young adults who don't have parental support?

Learning for the Real World

Learning for the Real World

The University of Texas at Austin expects its graduates to change the world. But, in an ever-changing world, that means preparing students in ways that are mindful of where educational approaches may need to change to remain relevant and aligned with modern needs of communities, industries and families.

Watch HDFS Professor Dr. Su Yeong Kim on KLRU PBS

Watch HDFS Professor Dr. Su Yeong Kim on KLRU PBS

Su Yeong Kim, Ph.D., is Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. She studies the intersection of family and cultural contexts in understanding the development of children of immigrants in the United States, with a focus on children of Chinese and Mexico-origin. Her research has been funded by the Nati...
Meet Ph.D. Student Allen Mallory

Meet Ph.D. Student Allen Mallory

Graduate student in Human Development and Family Sciences Allen Mallory was recently the featured student profiled in the 2019 edition of the College of Natural Sciences' award-winning magazine, The Texas Scientist.

In the News: Bullying May Alter Teen Brains; Nostalgia Can Be Good For You

In the News: Bullying May Alter Teen Brains; Nostalgia Can Be Good For You

A faculty member and his Ph.D. student from the University of Texas at Austin's Human Development and Family Sciences Department were quoted in several recent news articles highlighting studies they contributed to. Stephen Russell, the department's chair and Priscilla Pond Flawn Regents Professor of Child Development, contributed to a new study led...

Top 3 Reasons to Apply to HDFS at UT

Are you considering applying to a top graduate program in human development or developmental psychology? Do you want to apply developmental science to improve the lives of all families? With outstanding faculty and advising, a wealth of resources for student development, and nestled in a dynamic city, the Human Development and Family Sciences Depar...

Visualizing Science: Congrats Meng Huo!

​ ​Congratulations to HDFS graduate student Meng Huo on earning 2nd place in the Visualizing Science competition of the College of Natural Sciences, UT Austin! Here is thedescription of her image:"In latelife, individuals are at risk of cognitive declines, physical impairments, andloneliness. Tracking the conversations and ambient sounds in an ...

Parents Volunteering at School Should Tailor Skills to Different Stages

Courtesy of Pierre Mornet
​Fewer parents are volunteering at their children's schools just as new research shows it yields benefits from better grades to lower rates of depression. Read the full Wall Street Journal article here: https://www.wsj.com/articles/parents-volunteering-at-school-should-tailor-skills-to-different-stages-1533134808 which links to a 10-year ...

Is it Better to be Like Your Partner?

Particularly for people who worry about being abandoned, being similar to one’s partner can be helpful (Credit: Javier Hirschfeld/Getty).
​Researchers have found that how similar you are to your partner can affect your happiness- but it's complicated. "Is it better to be like your partner?" was published on British Broadcasting Corporation's (BBC) Future segment site and features Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) Associate Professor Dr. Lisa Neff and fifth year PhD student...

Fox 7 Interview with Dr. Aprile Benner on Racial and Ethnic Bias

​Racial and Ethnic Bias and its Impact on Health and WellbeingA new study conducted by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin shows young minorities who face discrimination based on their race or ethnicity may feel the impact on their health and wellbeing. Human Development and Family Sciences Associate Professor Dr. Aprile Benner di...
Racial and Ethnic Bias Leads to Lower Well-Being Among Adolescents

Racial and Ethnic Bias Leads to Lower Well-Being Among Adolescents

Racial and ethnic discrimination is problematic for all aspects of development — from mental and physical health to risky behaviors and academic success — particularly for Latinos, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin determined after analyzing findings from hundreds of previous studies on adolescents.

HDFS Professor Dr. Su Yeong Kim Named Incoming Editor of Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology Journal

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Su Yeong Kim has been named as the incoming editor of Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology (CDEMP), the journal of Division 45 of the American Psychological Association. She joins an esteemed group of previous editors: Drs. Michael Zarate, Gordon Nagayama Hall, Gail Wyatt, founding editor Lillian Com...

Childhood International Perspective: HDFS 2018 Maymester

​I remember sitting on the floor of DFW International Airport with strangers who would soon become close friends, talking about how surreal this experience that hadn't yet begun was going to be, how surreal it already was. Twenty-two students, myself included, enrolled in the Human Development and Family Sciences Maymester that would take us all ar...

We're Hiring: Assistant or Associate Professor

The Department of Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin is seeking applicants for a tenure-track position at the assistant or associate level to begin August 2019. Applicants should have a strong background and scholarly record in one or more of the department's research areas. We are especially interested in ca...
Science in Film: "Won't You Be My Neighbor?"

Science in Film: "Won't You Be My Neighbor?"

Last month the documentary, "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" was released about the life and legacy of Fred Rogers. Rogers used his understanding of childhood development in order to teach children about emotional and social topics. Researchers at the Priscilla Pond Flawn Child and Family Laboratory at UT Austin discuss the techniques he used to ad...
Using Chosen Names Reduces Odds of Depression and Suicide in Transgender Youths

Using Chosen Names Reduces Odds of Depression and Suicide in Transgender Youths

In one of the largest and most diverse studies of transgender youths to date, researchers led by a team at The University of Texas at Austin have found that when transgender youths are allowed to use their chosen name in places such as work, school and at home, their risk of depression and suicide drops."Many kids who are transgender have chosen a ...
In the News: The Maternal Grandparent Advantage

In the News: The Maternal Grandparent Advantage

Today the New York Times published an article about the maternal grandparent advantage, the phenomenon where maternal grandparents have more access to their grandchildren than paternal grandparents. Karen Fingerman, professor in Human Development and Family Sciences was featured in the article and discusses the advantages that mother-daug...
UT Lab School turns 91, looking forward to 100

UT Lab School turns 91, looking forward to 100

A letter from the chair of the Department of Human Development & Family Sciences, Stephen T. Russell, and the director of the Priscilla Pond Flawn Child & Family Laboratory, Amy Bryan.