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.

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Lin Yiu

Adult daycare helps caregivers’ emotional stability

Yin Liu, HDFS doctoral candidate, is first author of a study that found caregivers who employ adult daycare services to help care for individuals with dementia have fewer emotional ups and downs. The study, published in the journal Health Psychology, examined associations between fluctuation in daily negative affect and use of adult daycare, daily experiences, and other caregiving characteristics.


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Open Rank Faculty Position in Prevention (vacancy #52716)

Director Search: Prevention Research Center (vacancy #52038)

Child Maltreatment Faculty Position (vacancy #53468)

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