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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.

HDFS Announces Open Faculty Positions

The Department of Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) at Oklahoma State University invites nominations and applications for three George Kaiser Family Foundation Endowed Chair positions at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. These positions support the HDFS department mission of conducting applied interdisciplinary scholarship focused on reducing risk and promoting resilience within individuals and families across cultures and generations. The George Kaiser Family Foundation has endowed three chairs in HDFS with the following titles:

For further information or to nominate a potential candidate, please contact the Search and Screen Committee Co-Chairs:
Dr. Laura Hubbs-Tait   This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Dr. Christine Johnson   This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Intensive Longitudinal Analyses for Diary and Experience Sampling Data
As Early as First Grade, Children with Severe Obesity Are More Likely To Be Ostracized
Childhood obesity has almost quadrupled among 6- to 11-year-olds since 1980. Today, approximately one in 20 children in the United States is severely obese and this public health threat costs the U.S. government billions of dollars annually. A new study has found that as early as first grade, severely obese children are more likely to be withdrawn and show signs of depression. They are also less liked by their peers, and more often picked on, teased, and made fun of than their classmates of healthy weights.
Human Sciences faculty and students honored for volunteer efforts
When Oklahoma State University’s Service Learning Volunteer Center recognized faculty and students for their volunteer efforts recently, the College of Human Sciences was well represented. Dr. Mary Ruppert-Stroescu received the Outstanding Service-Learning Faculty award and the Human Development and Family Science Club received the Outstanding New Program by Students Award.

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