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Human Development and Family Sciences

HDFS is a multidisciplinary major. Students study the development of children and families within their social, cultural, and relational contexts and across the lifespan.

We focus on interactions within the family as well as family interactions with other social institutions.

We prepare our students to work with children and families in nonprofit, health services, and educational organizations- as well as prepare them to go on to graduate school if they are interested in research and specializing in an area within our discipline.

Human Development and Family Sciences Faculty

Watebury Campus

Laura K.M. Donorfio
Associate Professor
Room 117, UConn Waterbury Campus

Linda C. Halgunseth
Associate Professor
Room 118, UConn Waterbury Campus

Beth Russell
Associate Professor
Room 115, UConn Waterbury Campus

Kristin Van Ness Scrivano
HDFS Undergraduate Student Services Advisor

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HDFS Has A New Name!

Human Development and Family Sciences

We officially changed our name to Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) to reflect the significant role that research plays in our HDFS at UConn and overall in the field of HDFS.

Check out the research expertise of the HDFS faculty at UConn Waterbury:  Dr. Laura Donorfio, Dr. Linda C. Halgunseth, and Dr. Beth Russell.

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Career Options

HDFS graduates have pursued employment and graduate study in a variety of fields including social work, education, and law.  Learn more about Career Pathways in HDFS.