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UConn Rated a "TOP 10" HDFS Graduate Program! (See ranking of HDFS programs in North America)

  • Governor Lamont visits HDFS class, article in UConn Today
    Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont visited an HDFS class in UConn Waterbury!  Thanks to Associate Professor Laura Donorfio for opening her class to the governor and also the Commissioner of DCF. Read the article here.
    Posted on September 18, 2023
  • Ben Renley writes research brief on youth’s gender experiences
    Graduate Student Ben Renley and Associate Professor Ryan Watson (with Helene Marcy) wrote a research brief for the Collaboratory on School and Child Health that addresses the role stage laws and geographic region play in gender minority youth’s gender affirmation experiences. Click here to read the brief.
    Posted on September 12, 2023
  • Marlene Schwartz quoted in Healthday article
    Professor Marlene Schwartz was quoted in a HealthDay article about how some schools have responded to child obesity by focusing on water intake. Read the article here.
    Posted on September 12, 2023
  • Ciara Collins, HDFS Graduate Student Spotlight, September 2023
    Dr. Ciara Collins, LMFT is currently a Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation Associate at Abt Associates. She started at Abt in June 2020 as a Senior Analyst and was recently promoted to Associate. At Abt, Ciara works on a variety of research and technical assistance projects in the child welfare and housing spaces for clients such as the […]
    Posted on September 5, 2023
  • Jennifer Cecarelli, BS ’91, HDFS Alumni Spotlight, September 2023
    Jennifer Cecarelli graduated from UConn in 1991 with a BS in HDFR, and a concentration in Early Childhood Education and Development. As a passionate educator, Jennifer was excited about working with young learners and their families at the beginning of their educational journeys. After graduating from UConn, Jennifer began her career as a well-prepared early […]
    Posted on September 5, 2023
  • Kaleigh Ligus (PhD ’23), HDFS Grad Student Spotlight, Sept 2023
    Kaleigh Ligus recently completed her Ph.D. in HDFS, with a specialization in Adulthood, Aging and Gerontology. Her career began at the UConn Health Center on Aging in 2015 and she has since dedicated herself to serving older adults living with chronic disease. Kaleigh completed her Master’s in HDFS in 2019. Shortly after, she joined the […]
    Posted on September 1, 2023
  • Mary Kate Kerrigan, HDFS Staff Spotlight
    Welcome To HDFS, Mary Kate Kerrigan, Educational Program Assistant! Mary Kate grew up in Madison, Connecticut, and had thought of UConn as her dream school since she was a little girl. Her mother attended UConn, so Mary Kate had grown up on all things UConn, including basketball games, tours around campus with her mom, and […]
    Posted on September 1, 2023
  • Caitlin Lombardi, HDFS Faculty Spotlight, September 2023
    Caitlin was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor effective August, 2023! Caitlin Lombardi is an applied developmental psychologist. Her program of research falls at the convergence of social policy and child development with an overarching goal of understanding how social policy can best promote children’s healthy development and family well-being. She employs quantitative techniques using […]
    Posted on September 1, 2023