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.

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(Dis)connected: Study suggests technology interferes with couple relationships

Technology's interference in everyday life—"technoference"—appears to negatively relate to relationship and personal well-being, according to researchers.


Open Faculty Positions

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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