School of Human Development and Family Sciences

School of Human Development and Family Sciences

College of Health

Welcome to the School of Human Development and Family Sciences.

We explore how lives and relationships develop within the context of family, work, school and society, and we work to create compassionate, effective solutions for 21st century social problems.

We are consistently in the top 10 HDFS programs in the United States and are the No. 1 undergraduate HDFS program in Oregon.

Our faculty and degree programs were recently part of the School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences. Learn more about our college name change and restructuring.


Our academic programs

Other programs of study


Microcredentials are high-quality educational opportunities that can help advance your career with less time and financial commitment than a formalized degree or certificate program.

Community engagement

Research and outreach

Recent publications

(This is not an exhaustive list. We are still rebuilding our database of faculty publications. Visit individual faculty profiles for more extensive lists of their publications.)


Gorrell, L., Shen, X., MacDonald, M., Logan, S.W., Hatfield, B.E., Parkinson, C., D’Antonio, A., Massey, W.   (2024)  The Effect of Outdoor Play, Physical Activity, and Screen Time Use on the Emotional Wellbeing of Children and Youth during a Health Crisis  Leisure Sciences  
Regnier, S.D., Havens, J.R., Shellenberg, T.P., Cox, D.H., Baker, T.S., Lile, J.A., Rush, C.R., Adatorwovor, R., Hays, L.R., Anderson, D.M., Fisher, M.B., Segerstrom, S.C., Schmitz, J.M., Stoops, W.W.  (2024)  Using Contingency Management to Understand the Cardiovascular, Immune and Psychosocial Benefits of Reduced Cocaine Use: A Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial  Journal of Clinical and Translational Science  8(1)
Lefebvre, R., Fallon, B., Fluke, J.D., Trocmé, N., Black, T., Esposito, T., Rothwell, D.W.  (2024)  Distinguishing profiles of adversity among child protection investigations in Ontario, Canada: A latent class analysis  Child Protection and Practice  1
Marino, V.R., Trudel-Fitzgerald, C., Aldwin, C.M., Spiro, A., Lee, L.O.  (2024)  The Costs of Coping: Long-Term Mortality Risk in Aging Men  The Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences  79(4)
Lewis, H.R., Lipscomb, S.T., Hatfield, B.E., Jäderholm, C.M., Tominey, S.L.  (2024)  Early Childhood Teachers’ Relationships with Families When Children Experience Adversity  Journal of Research in Childhood Education  

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