The department of Human Development and Family Studies at UW-Madison provides outstanding undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level education in family studies and human development across the lifespan. The program is served by a faculty of thirteen, five of whom hold integrated appointments with UW-Extension.

We have over 200 undergraduate majors and 30 graduate students. Departmental resources for training and research include a Preschool Laboratory, the Frances and Elliott Lehman Family Research Lab,  the Center for Child and Family Well-Being, as well as the resources of the entire Madison campus.

The mission of the Human Development and Family Studies Department is to improve the quality of life by discovering, integrating, applying and disseminating knowledge about lifespan human development, relationships, families and communities, all in their larger social contexts.