Family and Human Development - PH.D.

Applications are due by January 10.

The doctorate degree program in Family and Human Development prepares researchers with a focus on social processes, family relationships, and infant, child, adolescent and emerging adult development. The doctoral program is designed for graduates to assume leadership roles as researchers and academicians in universities or other research-oriented settings, or as directors in public or privately funded mental health agencies, industry or government.

Please learn more about us by following the links on the left.  For additional information, please contact Dr. Kim Updegraff, Director of Graduate Degrees for the Program in Family and Human Development, at or (480)

Why pursue graduate training in Family and Human Development at ASU?

  • Our graduate training is world class! According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities, ASU is ranked in the top 100 universities worldwide, and ASU's Social Science Programs are ranked in the top 20 (
  • Our training faculty are highly accomplished! FHD faculty are leaders in the field and excel on every dimension of success. Our faculty are doing the research that is recognized among fellow social scientists, that is discussed in psychology and human development textbooks, and that serves as a basis for programs that enhance children's development and family functioning. Meet the faculty.
  • Graduate students are successful! Our students are well-trained in all aspects of academic life via a strong mentorship model. Our students publish papers with faculty mentors, present their work at national and international conferences, are highly competitive for and receive internal and external grants, awards, and fellowships, and are well placed in jobs upon graduation. Check out our current students' recent accomplishments. See where our former doctoral students are working now.
  • Our graduate students are supported! Students benefit from funding as TAs and RAs during doctoral study. We also benefit from a multi-million dollar endowment that supports various aspects of graduate education. Additionally, students may apply for travel, fellowship awards, and research grants to further support their work.
  • Our training environment is warm, collegial, and supportive! Faculty take mentoring seriously and work closely with students at all phases of graduate training. Students are also mentored by peers. Research teams are collaborative, and student-to-student relationships are cooperative.
  • We prepare students for the future! We offer exceptional training in child development and family studies combined with opportunities for interdisciplinary training! Our faculty have backgrounds in disciplines such as child development, family studies, psychology, sociology, education, intervention sciences, and methods and measurement. Students may also choose to cross-train with faculty in the Sociology Program within the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, work on interdisciplinary research projects with their faculty mentors, and take courses or work with faculty from other academic units at ASU.
  • We offer state-of-the-art training! Our methodology and measurement faculty offer training and support in research methods, advanced quantitative skills, and measurement. Students who are interested in social network analysis also have opportunities to study with experts in the Sociology Program in the Sanford School.

For additional information, please contact:

Dr. Kim Updegraff, Director of Graduate Degrees
(480) 965-6669