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Graduate study in adult development and aging allows students to explore topics in emerging adulthood, midlife, and old age. The program emphasizes the complex ways that personal characteristics, social partners, and organizations interact to influence development and change throughout the adult years.

Research topics involve a broad framework for understanding relations between developing people and the key contexts of their lives: family, workplace, community, and society. Opportunities for international experience are available in several countries including Australia, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland. Students may combine their specialization in adult development and aging with emphases in prevention research, family studies, or methodology.

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Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Summary Statement

Daily stress processes; adult development; family factors in mental health; work and family linkages; fatherhood; statistical techniques for measuring change.

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  • Human Development and Family Studies - HDFS
Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
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  • Human Development and Family Studies - HDFS
Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
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  • Human Development and Family Studies - HDFS
Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
Summary Statement

Lynn Martire’s research aims to identify the ways in which close relationships in adulthood affect health and chronic illness management, and the effects of chronic illness on close relationships. Dr. Martire teaches HDFS 418 and 546 (Family Relationships).

Department
  • Human Development and Family Studies - HDFS
Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Summary Statement

Zita Oravecz's research work has been focused on developing and disseminating innovative computational and statistical techniques for addressing questions related to emotional and cognitive functioning and development.

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  • Human Development and Family Studies - HDFS
Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
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  • Human Development and Family Studies - HDFS
Director, Center for Healthy Aging

Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
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  • Human Development and Family Studies - HDFS
Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Summary Statement

Dr. Tornello has three major research interests: Family, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The majority her work has focused on the role of family composition and parental sexual orientation and gender in the family system.

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  • Human Development and Family Studies - HDFS