Empowering people, families and communities

Degree programs in family and human development and sociology.

At the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, we focus on helping individuals, families, communities and social institutions succeed in the 21st century.

The Sanford School provides students with the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary to impact lives through socially minded service. Why study here?


Helping families and communities succeed in modern society.

We are committed to social research and community impact initiatives that help people thrive.


dollars in annual grant expenditures.

80+ years

of research at the Child Development Lab, one of the oldest child care centers in Arizona.


MAS program in marriage and family therapy — the only program at a state university in Arizona.

Student support

for historically underrepresented or excluded groups in social science research. 


Featured news

Recently, the Arizona Republic reported on Associate Professor Sarah Lindstrom Johnson's partnership with Matthew McConaughey's Greenlights Initiative to help schools write and submit school safety grants.

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