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Welcome to the Department of Human Development and Family Science

Human Development and Family Science students understand the developmental stages of humans from birth to aging adults. They are caring, hard-working and service oriented. Hands-on classroom experiences and research opportunities for Early Childhood Education graduates prepare them to be some of the most highly sought after professionals in early childhood education. Child and Family Services graduates are well prepared to provide support and service to the communities where they are employed. Students in the Family and Consumer Sciences Education option gain interdisciplinary knowledge and skills they will apply in secondary (grades 7 – 12) schools (FACSED) or county Cooperative Extension Service (FCSES) work.

Dr. Mona Lane Remembered
Long time human development and family science faculty member Mona Lane passed away following a sudden illness Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Stillwater, Okla. Dr. Lane, whose career at OSU spanned more than 45 years, was an expert in early childhood education.

After earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Lane received a Master of Science in early childhood education and a doctorate in family relations and child development in the College of Human Sciences. Her career started in the Child Development Lab as an assistant. She became a faculty member as an instructor and lead teacher in the CDL where she developed the infant-toddler lab. Throughout her career, most students enrolled in early childhood education had Dr. Lane for at least one class and usually several more. A story on Dr. Lane in the college’s magazine highlighted the fact over the years she often taught the children of her past students.
Oklahoma Magazine’s 40 under 40
Congratulations to Dr. Whitney Bailey, Human Development and Family Science Associate Professor in the College of Human Sciences on being named one of Oklahoma Magazine’s 40 under 40 for 2014.
Human Sciences Doctoral Student Receives Prestigious NIH Grant for Dissertation
Martha Zapata Roblyer, a Human Development and Family Sciences doctoral student, received a dissertation grant from the National Institute for Drug Abuse for her research “Family Immigration Status and Latino Youth Substance Use.” The NIDA is one of the research institutes of the National Institutes of Health.

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