Graduate Catalog
2019-2020
 
Policies, Procedures, Academic Programs
Human Development
College of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences
Wallace Hall, an academic building on West Campus Drive, contains classrooms, offices, and laboratories that support various departments in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. The original building, constructed of red brick like adjacent Hillcrest Hall, was under construction in 1966 and was occupied in January, 1969. Named for Maude E. Wallace, state home demonstration agent 1929-38; assistant director of Extension 1938-59.
366, Mail Code:0416 Blacksburg VA 24061
Wallace Hall
Degree(s) Offered:
• MS
MS Degree in Human Development
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
National Capital Region
• PhD
PhD Degree in Human Development
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
Blacksburg
Email Contact(s):
Web Resource(s):
Phone Number(s):
540/231-4794
Application Deadlines:
Fall: Jan 05
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Department Head : April Few-Demo
Graduate Program Director : Cynthia Smith (Director of Graduate Studies)
Professors: Katherine Allen; Joyce Arditti; April Few-Demo; Karen Roberto; Laura Sands; Jyoti Savla; Pamela Teaster
Associate Professors: Megan Dolbin-MacNab; Erika Grafsky; Christine Kaestle; Kee Kim; Cynthia Smith
Assistant Professors: Koeun Choi; Jeffrey Jackson (National Capital Region); Benjamin Katz; Ashley Landers (National Capital Region); Jody Russon; Carolyn Shivers
Visiting Faculty: Elnora Cunanan-Petty (National Capital Region)
Research Scientists: Isabel Bradburn
University Distinguished Professor: Karen Roberto
Assistant Professor of Practice: Jenene Case Pease

Human Development and Family Science Introduction

All graduate programs in the Department of Human Development and Family Science integrate research-based knowledge with human-based values. We promote the quality of life of our society's most basic elements - individuals, families, and communities. We value collaboration, inclusion, equity, empowerment, passion, and celebration in our work. We also embody a lived commitment to the land grant mission of integrating teaching, research, and outreach.

Distinctive Features of the Human Development and Family Science Graduate Programs

Distinctive features of our graduate programs include:
  • A commitment to the highest standard of relevance-research, teaching, and outreach that meets real needs of real people;
  • A faculty that is both nationally known and committed to nurturing the best in our students;
  • Opportunities to work closely with faculty and peers on research, journal articles, and professional presentations;
  • Opportunities to apply knowledge in real-world settings. (Three such settings are part of our department: The Child Development Center for Learning and Research, The Adult Day Services, and the Family Therapy Center);
  • Membership of all doctoral students on one or more faculty research teams; and
  • Training in university teaching for all doctoral students who desire these experiences.
Offered In (National Capital Region)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • Paper
      • 550.0
    • Computer
      • 213.0
    • iBT
      • 80.0
  • GRE
    • General Test
      • Verbal : 151.0
      • Quantitative : 153.0
The Master's degree program in Marriage and Family Therapy at the National Capital Region campus requires 51-54 credits. The post-master's certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy at the National Capital campus requires 21 credits.
Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • Paper
      • 550.0
    • Computer
      • 213.0
    • iBT
      • 80.0
  • GRE
    • General Test
      • Verbal : 151.0
      • Quantitative : 153.0
The Ph.D. programs in Adult Development and Aging (ADA), Child and Adolescent Development (CAD), and Family Studies (FS) at the Blacksburg campus admit students who hold either bachelor's or master's degrees. Bachelor's level students complete the master's thesis and degree en route to the Ph.D. Master's level students can receive transfer credit for related graduate courses.
The Marriage and Family Therapy Ph.D. program at the Blacksburg campus admits students with a master's degree. Students complete a minimum of three years of coursework and one year of internship.

Along with required courses, doctoral students participate on research teams, engage in teaching mentorship, and complete a dissertation. 

Human Development and Family Science Facilities Introduction

Students have opportunities to apply knowledge in real-world settings. The Blacksburg campus is home to three such settings: The Child Development Center for Learning and Research, Adult Day Services, and the Family Therapy Center. The NVC campus is home to the Center for Family Services. Graduate students complete course work, internships, practicum, and assistantships related to research, teaching, and outreach at these centers.

Locations, Goals, Specific Research Areas

Locations: Blacksburg and National Capital Region

The Department of Human Development and Family Science offers programs leading to a master's (M.S.) or doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in Human Development with emphases on childhood and adolescence development (CAD), adult development and aging (ADA), family studies (FS), and marriage and family therapy (MFT). Graduate programs are available at both the main campus (Blacksburg, VA; Ph.D. in CAD, ADA, FS, and MFT ) and the National Capital Region campus (Falls Church, VA; M.S. in MFT).

Goals of Facilities and Resources

Programs in the Department of Human Development and Family Science integrate research-based knowledge with human-based values. We promote the quality of life of our society's most basic elements - individuals, families, and communities. We value collaboration, inclusion, equity, empowerment, passion, and celebration in our work. We also embody a lived commitment to the land grant mission of integrating teaching, research, and outreach. Distinctive features of our graduate programs include:

  • A commitment to the highest standard of relevance-research, teaching, and outreach that meets real needs of real people;
  • A faculty that is both nationally known and committed to nurturing the best in our students;
  • Opportunities to work closely with faculty and peers on research, journal articles, and professional presentations;
  • Opportunities to apply knowledge in real-world settings.

Specific Research Areas

Students have opportunities to gain valuable research training working with Human Development and Family Science faculty. A total of 18 areas of research interests are shared among the doctoral faculty including:

  • Adolescence and emerging adulthood
  • Attachment across the lifespan
  • Clinical practice & supervision
  • Cultural diversity
  • Early childhood and intervention
  • Evaluation research
  • Family & couple dynamics
  • Family diversity, LGBTQ, feminism
  • Family dynamics & parenting
  • Gender relations
  • Gerontology & aging studies
  • Health
  • Intergenerational
  • International studies
  • Qualitative methodology
  • Quantitative statistical methodology
  • Sexuality across the life course
  • Social & cultural systems

 

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