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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...
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.