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Penn State’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) comprises some of the world’s most renowned leaders in their respective fields.

Involved in a wide range of well-funded research projects that push the boundaries of knowledge in our field, HDFS faculty have developed broad research expertise within the domains of family development, individual development at all phases of the lifespan, intervention and prevention, and research methodology — as well as their effects on a wide range of disciplines.

Want to learn more about specific projects of interest? Explore our list of faculty and research specialties