Campus: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus

Instructions: Residential/On Campus 

The Family Studies focus area of the Human Development program provides a systematic approach to observing, understanding, and analyzing close relationships and families within their individual, social, and historical contexts.

Funding through Assistantships
Teaching Apprentice Program
Intensive Research Opportunities
World-Renowned Family Science Scholars
Our Doctoral Program in Family Studies

The Family Studies (FS) content area of the Human Development program provides a systematic approach to observing, understanding, and analyzing close relationships and families within their individual, social, and historical contexts. A major goal of the program is to prepare students for careers in the family field in teaching, research, and direct service.

Why Study Family Studies Here?

Students have opportunities for professional development and are encouraged to become actively involved by presenting at national and international professional societies in human development and family science. Faculty in the department offer students excellent mentorship and research opportunities, including opportunities to participate in laboratory-based and observational research as well as large secondary datasets.

Faculty Research Interests

Katherine

- Family diversity over the life course

- Family gerontology

- Feminist family studies

- LGBTQ families

- Qualitative research methods

Joyce

- Criminal Justice and Families

- Social Inequality and Family Processes

- Diverse Contexts of Parenthood

- Family policy

april

- Family Diversity (racial, ethnic, and sexual minority development)

- Black Feminist Theory, Intersectionality, Queer Theory, and Family Studies

- Sexuality and sexual health (particularly, hip hop influences on adolescent sexuality)

- Intimate violence

- Feminist Qualitative Research Methods

Anisa

- Effects of Work and other Contextual Demands on Individual and Interpersonal Lives

- Closeness and Autonomy in Interpersonal Relationship

- Qualitative Research Method

- Feminist and Postmodern Perspectives on Close Relationships

Family Studies Research Highlights

Family Studies faculty employ theoretically rich research questions with rigorous analytic techniques, resulting in publications in top-tier academic journals and other academic sources including Family Relations, Journal of Marriage and Family, Family Process, Journal of Family Issues, as well as the Sourcebook of Family Theory and Research. Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) faculty across the focus areas of Adult Development and Aging, Child and Adolescent Development, Family Studies, and Marriage and Family Therapy often collaborate on research and service projects. Graduate students are often a part of research projects and subsequent publications through collaborations with HDFS faculty and faculty in other departments such as Sociology.

Related Programs

Students interested in applying to the Family Studies (Ph.D. in Human Development) degree should contact the Family Studies Area Coordinator, Dr. April Few-Demo, by email at alfew@vt.edu.


Visit our office at 366 Wallace Hall, 295 West Campus Dr, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Domestic Application

*Fall: Janurary 5

International Application

*Fall:  Janurary 5

*Deadline for admission with full consideration for funding:  January 5

Contact Us

Cindy Smith
Director of Graduate Studies
303 Wallace Hall
295 West Campus Dr.
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-4793
smithcl@vt.edu

April Few-Demo
Family Studies Area Coordinator
401A Wallace Hall (0416)
295 West Campus Dr.
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-2664
alfew@vt.edu

Department of Human Development and Family Science
366 Wallace Hall (0416)
295 West Campus Dr
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: 540-231-4794
FAX: 540-231-7012