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  • Marketa Burnett’s research spotlighted in UConn Today
    UConn Today spotlighted Assistant Professor Marketa Burnett’s research on supporting Black girls through Black Girl Magic:
    Posted on February 19, 2024
  • Rebecca Puhl featured in UConn Today, and Nutrition Insight
    Professor Rebecca Puhl was featured in UConn Today describing a new educational website she developed to educate healthcare professionals about weight stigma and strategies to improve supportive patient care. Rebecca was also featured in Nutrition Insight in an article, WeightWatchers flags “food noise” as roadblock to healthy weight:
    Posted on February 19, 2024
  • Sihui Lyu, HDFS Graduate Student Spotlight, February 2024
    Sihui is a first-year PhD student working with Dr. Beth Russell. Originally from China, Sihui obtained her master’s degree in clinical psychology at the Jinan University in Guangzhou, China.  After graduation, she worked as a research assistant at the Department of Psychiatry at First Affiliated Hospital of Jinan University. During this period, she explored the […]
    Posted on February 1, 2024
  • Jessica Gagnon ’20, HDFS Alumni Spotlight, February 2024
    Jess Gagnon graduated from UConn in 2020 with a B.A. double major in HDFS and Psychology. While studying at UConn, Jess was involved with grassroots organizing through UConn Public Interest Research Group (UConnPIRG) and worked with first year students through the Honors office. Although initially unsure of her career path, Jess was inspired by the […]
    Posted on February 1, 2024
  • Hilal Kuscul, HDFS Faculty Spotlight, February 2024
    Dr. Hilal Kuscul is a scholar in the field of Human Development and Family Sciences, bringing over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector to her work. She has been deeply involved in the development, implementation, and evaluation of parenting, literacy, and women empowerment programs within the nonprofit sector. This extensive experience served as […]
    Posted on February 1, 2024
  • Candi Nwakasi, HDFS Faculty Spotlight, January 2024
    Dr. Candi Nwakasi is gerontologist who joined UConn HDFS as an assistant professor in August 2023. He is also an affiliate faculty of the Africana Studies Institute and a member of the UConn Cancer Survivorship Research Program. Candi’s work is based on using research, practice, and teaching to inform efforts geared towards addressing inequities in the […]
    Posted on December 29, 2023
  • Amanda Sather, HDFS Graduate Student Spotlight, January 2024
    Amanda is currently a first-year PhD student working with Dr. Kari Adamsons. She is originally from Seattle but moved to Phoenix to attend Arizona State University (ASU) for her undergraduate degree. In May 2023 she earned a B.S. in Political Science and Psychology from ASU. During her undergraduate studies, she worked in several child development labs […]
    Posted on December 29, 2023
  • Michael Munoz (’01), HDFS Alumni Spotlight, January 2024
    Michael knew at a young age he wanted to work to create greater access and opportunity to corporate America for individuals from underrepresented groups. Through his previous work with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of Connecticut and their various Diversity and Inclusion training programs, Michael saw the importance of creating spaces of belonging and inclusion for all. […]
    Posted on December 29, 2023