Advancing the betterment of families, individuals and communities through scientific endeavors is a top priority at the Norton School. This advancement hinges on thoughtful research with real-world applications. Supported by the Frances McClelland Institute, faculty and graduate students in the Family Studies & Human Development program conduct key research in these core areas:
Resilience and Health of Marginalized Populations
Research with a specific focus on Latinx families, sexual and gender minority groups, and populations with socioeconomic disadvantages.
Early Childhood and Adolescent Development
A specific focus on how contextual experiences – such as families, schools, peers and communities shape developmental trajectories through adulthood.
Romantic, Family and Interpersonal Relationships Across the Lifespan
Work done with a specific focus on relationship quality and processes within romantic relationships, parent-child relationships and team dynamics.
Innovative Methods and Models
Innovative Methods and Models for Studying Families and Development, with a focus on applied solutions to critical societal problems.
Marketing, Consumers, Overconsumption and Climate Change
We live in a time and age where consumers and corporations need to take charge and cannot wait for government to change the way we live and consume. If we do not radically change our consumption patterns, life as we know it will likely cease to exist: what a drastic statement, and what a fantastic challenge for research!