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In human development and family studies, intervention research is the science of designing, implementing, and evaluating a broad array of approaches for improving the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities. Typically, interventions in HDFS are developmental in focus, meaning they are designed to prevent problems or enhance healthy development, rather than to remediate long-standing personal, relational, or family problems. HDFS interventions often target the contexts in which people develop, including families, schools, health and human service agencies, workplaces, and communities.

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Associate Professor of Human Development and Family
Associate Director, Child Maltreatment Solutions Network
Department
  • Human Development and Family Studies - HDFS
Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Director of the Evidence to Impact Collaborative
Summary Statement

Max Crowley is a prevention scientist investigating how to optimize investments in healthy development—with a focus on preventive strategies to reduce substance misuse and delinquent behavior.

Department
  • Human Development and Family Studies - HDFS
Research Professor, Director of the Program for Translational Research on Adversity and Neurodevelopment, and President of the National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives
Department
  • Human Development and Family Studies - HDFS
Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Associate Director of the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center
Summary Statement

Research interests include family systems processes underlying adolescent development (substance use, problem behavior, emotional distress, positive well-being) and understanding change processes in family-centered preventive interventions.

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

Summary Statement

Steffany Fredman researches the interpersonal context of mental health (PTSD and related conditions), couples’ adaptation to stress, and couple-based interventions to enhance individual, couple, and family well-being. 

Department
  • Human Development and Family Studies - HDFS
Edna Peterson Bennett Endowed Chair in Prevention Research, Professor of Human Development and Psychology
Department
  • Human Development and Family Studies - HDFS
Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and Sociology
Department
  • Human Development and Family Studies - HDFS
Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
Department
  • 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
Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Director, Child Maltreatment Solutions Network
Principal Investigator NICHD P50 Capstone Center for Healthy Children
Summary Statement

Jennie G. Noll, Ph.D., is a professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Director of the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network, and PI of the NICHD P50 Capstone Center for Healthy Children.

Department
  • Human Development and Family Studies - HDFS
Bennett Pierce Professor of Caring and Compassion and Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Department
  • Human Development and Family Studies - HDFS
Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies/Department of Pediatrics
Department
  • Human Development and Family Studies - HDFS
Department Head
Professor of HDFS, Psychology, and Pediatrics
Department
  • Human Development and Family Studies - HDFS