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  • Marlene Schwartz featured in UConn Today
    Professor Marlene Schwartz was featured in UConn Today for a partnership with East Hartford public schools. Read the article here
    Posted on June 17, 2024
  • Rebecca Puhl featured in multiple articles
    Professor Rebecca Puhl was featured in an article about Ozempic in Town & Country. Read the article here. She was also featured in an article about obesity and childhood bullying in Saigon Nho (Read the article here), and in a Perth Now article about why on-screen villains and buffoons are frequently obese. Read the Perh Now […]
    Posted on June 17, 2024
  • Ron Rohner and Sumbleen Ali featured in UConn Today article
    Ronald Rohner and Sumbleem Ali (’21 PhD) were featured in a UConn Today article about their work on parental acceptance:
    Posted on June 7, 2024
  • Csizmadia- Alumni Faculty Excellence Award in Undergraduate Teaching
    Congratulations to Annamaria Csizmadia, the recipient of the 2023-2024 Alumni Faculty Excellence Award in Undergraduate Teaching! The Alumni Faculty Excellence in Teaching Awards are designed to honor those who not only deliver exemplary instruction but also foster an engaging and transformative learning environment.
    Posted on May 31, 2024
  • Kari Adamsons-Alumni Faculty Excellence Award in Graduate Teaching
    Congratulations to Kari Adamsons, the recipient of the 2023-2024 Alumni Faculty Excellence Award in Graduate Teaching! The Alumni Faculty Excellence Awards are among the highest honors bestowed by the University of Connecticut. Recipients must have a distinguished record of sustained excellence and must have been part of the UConn faculty for at least 10 years.
    Posted on May 31, 2024
  • Mamta Saxena (PhD ’13), HDFS Alumni Spotlight, June 2024
    Mamta is originally from India and moved to the United States in her late twenties. Before moving to the US, she received her master’s degree in child development from the University of Delhi and worked as a lecturer at MS University in Vadodara, Gujarat, as a consultant at IGNOU, and as a research assistant in […]
    Posted on May 31, 2024
  • Alexandria Tomkunas, HDFS Graduate Student Spotlight, June 2024
    Lexi Tomkunas will complete her PhD in Spring 2024. For her dissertation, she conducted a state-wide analysis of codes of conduct and exclusionary discipline outcomes in Florida as well as semi-structured interviews with educators to explore how mindsets underlie the discipline process. Lexi entered the program having taught kindergarten at a Title I elementary school in […]
    Posted on May 31, 2024
  • Na Zhang, HDFS Faculty Spotlight, June 2024
    Dr. Na Zhang is a prevention researcher, family scholar, and mindfulness teacher. At the center of her work is the intersection of mindfulness and parenting research. She is interested in understanding the biopsychosocial determinants of parenting behaviors and evaluating parenting interventions’ effects on improving parents’ and children’s mental health, processes of change, and implementation. Traditional parent […]
    Posted on May 31, 2024
  • Alum William J. Doherty (PhD ’78) will retire in 2024
    Congratulations to Dr William J. Doherty (PhD ’78) on his 2024 retirement after 38 years on the faculty of University of Minnesota! Dr. Doherty is also a past president of NCFR.  Learn more about Dr. Doherty here:
    Posted on May 28, 2024
  • HDFS faculty and grad students present at ISSBD Conference
    HDFS faculty and graduate students will be presenting at the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD) conference this June in Lisbon, Portugal. Find the full list here:
    Posted on May 28, 2024