Human Development and Family Studies

Penn State's Department of Human Development and Family Studies is committed to excellence in research, teaching, and service regarding lifespan human development in the context of the family, community, and society.

HDFS offers an interdisciplinary approach to individual and family development across the lifespan. As one of the premier departments of its kind, we focus on child and adolescent development, adult development and aging, biological aspects of human development, family studies, intervention research, and developmental research methods.

New information about HDFS Careers and Planning.

Open positions

Open Faculty position in Child Maltreatment

Director Search: Prevention Research Center

Methodology Faculty position on Big Data