The main office of the department is located in 119 Health and Human Development Building on the Penn State University Park campus. Faculty, staff, and graduate students have their offices in the first, second, and ground floors of the newest building on campus (the corner of College and Pugh). HDFS faculty are also housed in the Biobehavioral Health Building and the Hendrson Building. We have access to a wide variety of resources that facilitate undergraduate and graduate education including both University and college-wide research centers and resources.
Research centers throughout the college provide leadership in fostering research in areas at the cutting edge of Health and Human Development. These centers often provide graduate students with research experiences, workshops, consultation, and access to visiting faculty. Currently, HDFS faculty direct three of these Centers. These include:
- The Center for Healthy Aging (Dr. Martin Sliwinski, Director)
- The Methodology Center (Dr. Linda Collins, Director)
- The Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development (Dr. Diana Fishbein, Director)
HDFS Children's Programs
The department operates two full-day early childhood programs (The Penn State Child Care at Hort Woods and The Bennett Family Center) serving a total of 176 children from 6 weeks through 6 years of age. While the programs do not hold research grants, they do support research conducted by faculty, graduate students, and honors undergraduates from across the University. Equipped with one-way mirrors, the laboratory is also a site for investigating child growth and psychosocial development.
The University provides several large computer labs around the campus for use by students. There are departmental computers available to graduate students, and research projects provide computer access to participating students. Students have access to e-mail and the Internet and are provided with free software so that they can log on from home. See the College of Health and Human Development's Information Systems and Services here.
The college maintains a video research lab that is equipped with state of the art video equipment for observational research.