Human Development and Family Studies Doctoral Program

A healthy life their whole life

Human Development and Family Studies Doctoral Degree Program

Dig deep into human development across the lifespan

The Oregon State University doctoral degree program in human development and family studies (HDFS) provides research-based training for an interdisciplinary understanding of individuals and families, preparing you for a successful career in research and teaching.

Our graduates go on to work in top-tier programs and universities where they promote the health and well-being of all people and families.

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Connect HDFS research with practice

As a doctoral student in HDFS, you will collaborate with world-class faculty members on interdisciplinary research in one of the top HDFS programs in the country.

Signature research areas:

  • Transitions across the life course
  • Resilience and health across the lifespan
  • Families in sociocultural contexts
  • Policies and applications of developmental and family science
Alexis Merculief

Alexis Merculief
Human development and family studies PhD alum

Alexis Merculief is an Aleut tribal member who chose Oregon State’s HDFS PhD program for its supportive environment and focus on how context shapes children’s development.

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David Cortez, MEd

Our graduate recruiter can answer your questions about Oregon State graduate programs and chat about your interests, the application process and more.

Email David or call 541-737-5616.