We are dedicated to enhancing the well-being of individuals, families, and social institutions through innovative transdisciplinary research, instructional excellence, and active community involvement.

We strive to be a leader in transformative discovery; fusing basic and applied research; and translating scientific knowledge into solutions for pressing problems related to children, youth, families, and their social worlds.

Centers, Labs, and Initiatives

Our award-winning faculty members and students are actively engaged in several, cutting-edge research centers, labs, and initiatives. These provide exciting opportunities for growth in learning, side-by-side research with faculty members, and hands-on opportunities to enrich the lives of children, youth, and families.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

At the T. Denny School of Social and Family Dynamics, research isn’t just for faculty and graduate students. Gain experience, form professional connections, and work with faculty mentors on work you believe in.


student-to-faculty ratio

Top 3

National Leader in Child & Family Studies


in Adolescence/Emerging Adulthood Studies