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Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State has a long and distinguished record of doctoral training in developmental methods and the analysis of change. Faculty are working on both analytical and design innovations and applications to substantive research questions. Students can develop specializations in one or more areas, including latent variable modeling, time series modeling, missing data analysis, experimental design, and methods for optimizing behavioral interventions.

More information about the methodology faculty’s research interests and affiliated scientists/graduate students can be found at the Quantitative Developmental Systems Methodology Core and the Methodology Center. Methodology students are strongly encouraged to work with faculty in other areas of human development and family studies on topics related to individual development, prevention and intervention research, or family systems. Through these collaborations, students gain direct insights into substantive questions that motivate the development of advanced quantitative methods.

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Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Summary Statement

Daily stress processes; adult development; family factors in mental health; work and family linkages; fatherhood; statistical techniques for measuring change.

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  • Human Development and Family Studies - HDFS
Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
ICDS Faculty Co-Hire
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  • Human Development and Family Studies - HDFS
Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
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  • Human Development and Family Studies - HDFS
Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Professor-in-Charge, Undergraduate Programs
Summary Statement

Bo Cleveland’s interests center around individual differences in substance use and abuse as well as how individuals’ characteristics modify the impact of experiences on substance use and addictive behaviors.

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  • Human Development and Family Studies - HDFS
Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, and Public Policy
Director of the Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative
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Max Crowley is a prevention scientist investigating how to optimize investments in healthy development—with a focus on preventive strategies to reduce substance misuse and delinquent behavior.

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  • Human Development and Family Studies - HDFS
Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Professor-in-Charge, Graduate Program
Dr. Frances Keesler Graham Early Career Professor in Developmental Neuroscience
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  • Human Development and Family Studies - HDFS
Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
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  • Human Development and Family Studies - HDFS
Distinguished Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
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  • Human Development and Family Studies - HDFS
Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
ICDS Faculty Co-Hire
Summary Statement

Zita Oravecz's research work has been focused on developing and disseminating innovative computational and statistical techniques for addressing questions related to emotional and cognitive functioning and development.

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  • Human Development and Family Studies - HDFS
Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
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Dr. Rulison's work focuses on how peer networks shape substance use and related health-risk behaviors and how program developers can build more potent interventions and promote the diffusion of intervention effects.

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  • Human Development and Family Studies - HDFS
Director, Center for Healthy Aging

Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
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  • Human Development and Family Studies - HDFS