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Explore HDFS Faculty Research

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.

Thematic Research Areas

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 of prevention and intervention science.

Faculty pursue research programs related to why at-risk individuals have favorable outcomes, processes related to developmental psychopathology and atypical development, the nature of risk-taking behaviors, and developmental disabilities.

Most faculty in HDFS are concerned with translational research: How to devise effective intervention and treatment strategies that are based on empirical evidence and careful program evaluations.

Socioemotional processes are a focus of HDFS faculty research as are various aspects of regulation including self-regulation and emotion regulation. Such processes are essential to school readiness and success.

Several faculty focus their research on emerging adulthood and development in midlife and the later part of the lifespan, as well as intergenerational family relationships.

Research Areas
  • $19,465,712 Current Grant Portfolio
  • 50 Current Research Grants
  • $5,563,493 FY22 Annual Expenditures

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Research Scientist Job Opportunity

Colorado State University is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Clinical/Pediatric Psychology for the Department of Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis on clinical and clinical research training in adolescent health. Please see for full listing and to apply. CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer and conducts background checks on all final candidates.

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