HDFS Faculty Member Rebecca Woods and former graduate student Josh Boe are recognized for their research in this NDSU news story. Great work!

A new NDSU study shows that dolls or trucks available in the home predict infants’ gender-typed toy preferences, but parental encouragement to play with a toy type does not alter their preferences.

The Rape and Abuse Crisis Center is announcing its spring round of Crisis Line Advocate training to be held March 17-April 16. Crisis Line Advocates are volunteers who answer the crisis hotline and provide emotional support, information and referrals to clients and community members who contact RACC when the main center is closed. There are also opportunities for daytime volunteers on site at the center. Volunteers will gain experience working with clients in crisis, communication, empathetic listening, and more. Current HDFS students and alumni are specifically encouraged to get trained and volunteer.

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Congratulations to all of our students in HDFS graduating today! Best wishes with your next steps, and keep in touch.

Today's the Day! NDSU Giving Day. HDFS has a designated fund just for our students and projects. We use it to fund student awards, recruit the best students, and provide professional development opportunities for faculty and students. To donate click here (…), choose "Human Development and Education" under "Department or Program" and "Human Development and Family Science Department" under "Fund Designation".
Thank you to all who donate!

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NDSU Giving Day is coming soon!

November 28th is NDSU Giving Day. You can choose to designate your gift for Human Development and Family Science.

HDFS Ph.D. Students Geoffrey Zehnacker and Brooke Kranzler presented their research at the annual meeting of the National Council and Family Relations in Orlando. HDFS faculty Sean Botherson, Christi McGeorge, and Tom Carlson also made presentations. We all enjoyed catching up with recent Ph.D. alum Courage Mudzongo and former faculty member Kristen Benson.

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Have you ever wondered about the work behind becoming a therapist? Or entertained the idea of becoming a therapist yourself? Have you noticed yourself holding a general interest around topics of mental health and the mental health professions? Yes? Check out the Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) Club.

The CFT Club is for any undergraduate or graduate student with a personal or professional interest in learning about couple and family therapy.

Please join us for the CFT Club m...eeting on Tuesday, November 28th @ 5.30pm in the Rose Room of the Memorial Union. This will be a chance to meet others like yourself, as well as help plan future events and activities hosted by the CFT Club.

Questions? Contact Dr. Christi McGeorge at

We hope you will join us!

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HDFS Professor and Extension Specialist Sean Brotherson is recognized by his alumni magazine.

The Fall 2017 issue of BYU Magazine has a nice article on alumni from all 50 states in the US engaged in a variety of service activities. I was profiled from North Dakota! Check out the North Dakota link to see the profile!

“Is this some kind of a cruel joke?” asked the woman on the other end of the line. Bryce Willis sighed and explained again.

Thank you to HDFS Extension Specialist Kim Bushaw for contributing to this story (on very short notice!) on the importance of the Children's Health Insurance Program.

(WDAY)—Nine million children across the country are at risk of losing their health care coverage after Congress allowed the CHIP or Children's Health Insurance Program to expire.CHIP provides health insurance to families with low and moderate incomes.As it stands, if the program is not reinstated,.....

We are proud of HDFS Associate Professor Elizabeth Blodgett Salafia and Developmental Science Graduate Student Maegan Jones, who contributed an article in the latest issue of On the Minds of Moms. The article is titled "Oh, The Wonderful Things Your Body Can do: Promoting Healthy Bodies for You and Your Family", and it starts on page 18. Dr. Blodgett Salafia's lab, the Healthy Eating and Body Image Lab, is now recruiting moms and daughters for two studies.

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Our Infant Cognitive Development Lab is partnering with Cass County Extension to offer 6-week classes in baby sign language this fall.

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Congratulations to Savanna Jellison for receiving the annual award in HDFS for Outstanding Assistance to Faculty! Savanna is in her second year of the Developmental Science Program. She was nominated by her advisor, Rebecca Woods. Her award includes a $200 scholarship.

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HDFS Graduate Students and Faculty recently gathered to celebrate the new school year, with a special welcome to our new students in Developmental Science.

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HDFS faculty continue to provide outreach to the public...

Carrie Johnson, Extension personal and family finance specialist and assistant professor of human development and family science, is featured in a recent online article for WalletHub.

Our HDFS Master's Degree student Trisha Miller just earned an Excellence Scholarship Award from Great Plains IDEA, the consortium we work with to offer our programs in Youth Development, Gerontology, and Family Financial Planning. Trisha is a student in Youth Development. Congratulations, Trisha!

A pair of NDSU students earned 2017-18 Excellence Awards for use toward their master’s degrees. The $1,000 scholarships, awarded July 1, are from Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance.