Faculty in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies conduct basic and applied research related to the development of individuals and families across the lifespan, using a variety of methodological tools. We are guided by the principle that research should not only contribute to scientific knowledge but should also be translated into programs, policies, and applications that promote positive development for individuals, families, and communities. As such, across the department, our efforts are congruent with a growing focus in the field on prevention and intervention science.
Faculty members in HDFS collaborate extensively across disciplines with researchers in other units at CSU such as the Departments of Psychology, Occupational Therapy, and Health and Exercise Science, and the Schools of Social Work, Education, and Public Health. Faculty members are also actively engaged with CSU Extension, and with entities outside CSU such as the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Colorado Department of Education, and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.