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The "Science of Love" featured on KXAN news

The Science of Love • Dr. Lisa Neff & Dr. Steven Phelps • The Texas Science Festival • Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 12 PM CDT – 12:45 PM CDT • sciencefest.utexas.edu
HDFS Associate Professor, Dr. Lisa Neff, and Integrative Biology Professor, Dr. Steven Phelps, are collaborating on the "Science of Love" presentation for the Texas Science Festival on March 23. They will share the origins of human love and strategies for overcoming what often stands in the way of maintaining a happy marria...

Fatima Varner interviewed by multiple sites about her research on race-related stressors on family dynamics and adolescents

Assistant Professor Fatima Varner has been interviewed multiple times this summer to share insights of her research on race related stressors on Black families and adolescent outcomes. Not only does she share findings on her research, but she also gives a perspective of discrimination Black students and academics face in the pipeline to colleg...

Dr. Elizabeth Gershoff Named Director of Population Research Center

In a letter posted on the Population Research Center's [PRC] website on June 5, the College of Liberal Arts Dean Ann Huff Stevens announced that Dr. Elizabeth Gershoff from the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences will begin her role as the new Director of the PRC effective September 1, 2020. Liz will se...
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.

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.

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...