We encourage scholarship that takes into account the larger social and cultural contexts in which people live and develop, including community, social class, ethnicity, historical change, and public policy.
We believe graduate training is most effective when students are able to pursue research and outreach tailored to their individual interests and aspirations. A chance to work closely with world-class faculty offers opportunities to co-author scholarly articles, present at conferences and professional workshops, collaborate on research and evaluation projects, and engage with community groups and policy makers to impact social change.
The Wisconsin Idea of transferring knowledge into real-world solutions facing today’s individuals, families, and communities is central to our program. Many students work closely with policy and community, both locally and nationally, to gather, disseminate, and apply scientific knowledge.
In addition to world-renowned faculty, students in the program can take advantage of the department’s many affiliated programs and Centers. These include the UW Child Development Lab, Center for Financial Security, the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies, the Waisman Center, the Institute for Research on Poverty, and the Morgridge Center for Public Service.
HDFS is also a co-sponsor of the interdisciplinary training program in Prevention Science which offers both a graduate minor and certificate in prevention science. Finally, the department has close ties to the state Extension network which serves as an important link between campus and county-based Extension colleagues, stakeholders, partners, and the residents of Wisconsin.