Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS)

Iowa State researchers leading initiatives to improve rural health

More than a million Iowans are at an increased risk of dying from heart disease, cancer or a stroke simply because they live in a rural area. National Rural Health Day on Nov. 16 aims to reduce the gap in rural and urban health outcomes – something Iowa State University researchers Sarah Francis, Kimberly Greder, and Jennifer Margrett are directly and indirectly doing through their research and ISU Extension and Outreach initiatives.

New overseas programs to help students engage in high-impact learning

Students in the College of Human Sciences will have four additional opportunities to study abroad next summer.

Apparel, events, and hospitality management will offer two programs: one in Taiwan and Japan, and another in the Czech Republic. Human development and family studies will offer a program in Denmark, and the School of Education faculty will offer a program in western Europe.

Learning two languages does not limit academic potential for Head Start students

A new Iowa State University study examined how variation in dual language status among Head Start students related to development in cognitive and academic areas. The research team led by Ji-Young Choi, an assistant professor of Human Development and Family Studies, found dual-language learners (DLLs) had significant growth, eventually outperforming students who only spoke English, once DLLs gained basic English proficiency. The results are published in the journal Early Childhood Research Quarterly.

See the complete story by the ISU News Service.

Lee builds resiliency among aging Iowans through relationship research, outreach

Jeong Eun “Jel” Lee is leveraging the power of relationships to help individuals age well.

College of Human Sciences and departmental scholarship recipients recognized

The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences celebrated student scholarship recipients and donors on Oct. 13 at the annual scholarship recognition event in the Scheman Building. 

Award-winning Iowa State research, outreach poised to combat opioid misuse, other health challenges

Youth show lower rates of substance misuse, including prescription opioid misuse, well after high school graduation if they have participated in proven prevention programs that follow the PROSPER (PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience) model developed at Iowa State University.

That’s according to researchers at Iowa State’s Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute, newly housed under the Department of Human Development and Family Studies within the College of Human Sciences. PPSI is part of a larger effort to better translate Iowa State’s social and prevention science into widespread community practices.

Laboratory School increases child wellness, education with local foods

As the stainless steel bowl full of veggies is set on the table, the toddlers start exploring. Through sight, smell, touch, and taste, they’re learning important lessons about local foods.

The project is part of an ISU Child Development Laboratory School initiative to bring more locally grown food to the school’s children. By purchasing a share in Iowa State University’s Good Earth Student Farm, the laboratory school receives a shipment of local produce each week, up until the first frost.

Midlife depression may stem from tension with mothers and siblings, Iowa State study finds

A new study led by Iowa State University researcher Megan Gilligan found that tension with our mothers and siblings, similar to our spouses, is associated with symptoms of depression. The research, published in the journal Social Sciences, found all three relationships have a similar effect and one is not stronger than another.

See the complete story by the ISU News Service.

Lohman named associate dean for research and graduate education in Iowa State University College of Human Sciences

Brenda Lohman, professor and director of graduate education in the Iowa State University Department of Human Development and Family Studies, will serve as the associate dean for research and graduate education in Iowa State’s College of Human Sciences, effective Oct. 1.

Lee draws economic insights from US tax, health care policy

Daeyong Lee is helping American households guard their financial treasure.

It’s a fitting role for the new assistant professor in human development and family studies, a native Korean whose name “Daeyong” translates as “big dragon” in English.