Human Development and Family Science (PhD)

Degree: Doctoral Degrees

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The goal of the department (HDFS) is to provide an educational experience that promotes the integration of knowledge and professional practice from the fields of child/youth development and family studies.

Our objectives are to prepare researchers and scholars to generate knowledge about individual and family development and behavior over the life span, as well as educate professionals who will provide educational, implementation, and advocacy services needed for children and families to function more effectively. These objectives are consistent with the goals of the University of Georgia, particularly with regard to its land grant mission of fostering research and its application to enhance the quality of life for all individuals.


College of Family and Consumer Sciences
Dawson Hall
Athens, GA 30602-3622
Phone: 706/542-4879

Academic Department

Human Development and Consumer Science
123-C Dawson Hall
Athens, GA 30602-3622
Phone: 706/542-4855


Graduate Coordinator

Denise Lewis


The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Human Development and Family Science is designed to enable each student to gain and to demonstrate competence in acquiring, integrating, and applying: substantive and theoretical knowledge of both child and family development; knowledge of and skills for conducting research on individual and family development and behavior; and skills for engaging with individuals, families and other professionals in processes that prevent or solve problems and promote competence and well-being. To accomplish these goals, both formal course work and practicum experiences in research, teaching, and service are required.



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