Research Topics

We are finding answers to the big questions, solutions to the big problems.

The School of Human Ecology supports more than 70 faculty members doing surprising research. This research is important–it expands our understanding of what it means to be human and suggests ways to improve our human ecology. Our faculty’s research is supported by funding from private and public institutions like the National Science Foundation, Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health, American Institutes for Cancer Research, and the United States Department of Agriculture.

The Big Questions

What is the impact of divorce and re-partnering on children?

How do we prevent cancer?

Does how we perceive our bodies reflect reality?

How does being an immigrant affect development in adolescence?

Which nutrients are essential to a long and healthy life?

How does stress impact our closest relationships?

What is the future of e-commerce?

Can we curb the projected effects of obesity?

Can functioning in early marriage predict a long and happy marriage?

What is the role of alcohol consumption in the development of certain kinds of cancer?

Can violence experienced in childhood impact how we parent?

Why are some children born with neural tube defects?

Can affordable, quality child care prevent poverty?

How does obesity affect the hormones in our bodies?

Some Novel Answers

Bio-based composites

Work-based poverty reduction

3D scanning to determine body composition

School nutrition programs as the beginning of  life-long health

Supply-chain optimization

Early-childhood education best practices

Apparel mass customization