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Students in Penn State’s Human Development and Family Studies graduate program have a truly unique opportunity to work with world-renowned researchers and faculty members in an active research environment.

As a graduate student, you’ll gain firsthand experience in conducting groundbreaking research, working with participants, collecting data, conducting data analyses, publishing papers, and presenting your findings at academic conferences.

In keeping with our innovative and interdisciplinary mission in Human Development and Family Studies, the research possibilities open to you are extensive and diverse.

Lifespan Approach

Leveraging a lifespan approach to research subject areas, students may focus on two or more core research areas:

Cross-Cutting Themes of Research

Across these core areas, students may specialize in one or more cross-cutting themes:

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