Category Archives: Human Devl & Family Studies

SoHE Recognizes Two Grad Students as Exemplary Mentors with New Award

Winners Madelaine L’Esperance and Carolyn Liesen graduate this summer with an extra feather in their caps.

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SoHE News and Events: June 14-20

CNPL’S NINJA WARRIORS| PAPP ON MONEY & RELATIONSHIPS Community and Nonprofit Leadership Twins on American Ninja Warrior Identical twins Marquez and Nathan Green, community and nonprofit leadership majors, competed on American Ninja Warrior earlier this spring. Their episode is scheduled to air at 7 p.m. Central Time on Monday, June 24. Marquez and Nathan plan […]

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Q&A with Visiting Scholar Stefanos Mastrotheodoros

Stefanos Mastrotheodoros is a visiting scholar from the Utrecht Centre for Child and Adolescent Studies at Utrecht University, in the Netherlands. He is spending spring 2019 working with Dr. Lauren Papp in the Center for Child and Family Well-being and the department of Human Development and Family Studies. The SoHE connection What attracted you to […]

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CCFW RESEARCH & PEACE GRANT

Mothers, Babies, and the Neural Effects of Mindfulness The prestigious PEACE Grant will fund a study led by Larissa Duncan, the Elizabeth C. Davies Chair in Child and Family Well-Being, Associate and Faculty Director for the Center for Child and Family Well-Being, and Associate Professor in Human Development and Family Studies. Considerable research supports the positive effects […]

Kristy Burkholder

Burkholder Inducted as UW Teaching Fellow

Congratulations to Kristy Burkholder, PhD, HDFS Faculty Associate, who was inducted into the UW-Madison Teaching Academy as a Teaching Fellow.  The Inductee Ceremony was held on April 8, 2019.  “It’s been an honor and a professional pleasure to have learned from and taught with Kristy over these recent several years,” states her nominator, Michael Maguire, […]

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SoHE Grad Student Receives Campus Honor

Mariela Victoria Quesada Centeno, MPH, doctoral student in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) was honored on March 5 ,2019, as part of UW-Madison Outstanding Women of Color Award celebration. The award, now in its 11th year recognizes women of color who are, “deeply rooted in both the campus and the Madison community through their […]

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SoHE News and Events: March 1-7

Kirkorian on Choosing Apps for Children | Raison to Attend Elevate Kirkorian on Choosing Quality Apps for Children Heather Kirkorian, PhD, along with other colleagues, were recently cited in a Bristol Herald Courier article on how parents should choose quality apps for children to make screen time worthwhile. Some tips include looking at the app’s […]

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SoHE News and Events: February 15-21

Kirkorian Quoted on WRMZ | Halpern-Meeking on WPR | Vivian Empowers Communities to Overpower Diabetes Kirkorian on Children and Interactive Media Heather Kirkorian, PhD, was recently quoted in an interview by a WFMZ, a Pennsylvania and New Jersey news outlet. The article cites her research that determines if 2-year-olds learn best from interactive digital media. […]

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SoHE News & Events: December 14-20

Lauren Papp Co-chairs Committee to Find New Dean of Students Professor and Associate Dean Lauren Papp will be co-chairing the committee to find a new Dean of Students alongside Billie Welsh, chair of Associated Students of Madison. Following Lori Berquam’s departure, the 20-member committee made up of students, faculty and staff will conduct a search for […]

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SoHE News & Events: December 7-13

VR 101 with Kevin Ponto | Raison Sauna Article Kid asks the popular question, How Does Virtual Reality Work? DS Associate Professor Kevin Ponto was asked by an eight-year-old, “how does virtual reality work?” as part of a Blue Sky Science video by the Morgridge Institute and Wisconsin State Journal. And people want to know […]

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SoHE News and Events: September 14-20

Dr. Charles Raison Leads Study on How Protein in Blood Can Predict Effectiveness of Depression Drugs Charles Raison, MD, and his research team have uncovered a relationship between people’s response to a drug and protein in their blood that can help predict the effectiveness of the treatment. This relationship could be beneficial for mental health […]

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SoHE News and Events: July 20-26

Kirkorian on Sesame Street in classrooms | Raison preconference coverage Kirkorian quoted on Sesame Street/McGraw-Hill collaboration In a story picked up by over 500 media outlets across the country, HDFS Associate Professor Heather Kirkorian, Ph.D., was interviewed for NBC News 5 Chicago for the article “Big Moves for Big Bird: Sesame Street is Entering Classrooms.” […]

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SoHE News and Events: July 13-19

Raison in the news | APLUS research gains more attention SoHE’s Charles Raison Media Research by HDFS Professor Charles Raison, MD, continues to receive media attention. He was  interviewed and quoted for a Proto magazine feature story about new tools that can help relief those who are struggling with depression and interviewed for a CNN […]

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Meet New HDFS Grad Olivia Saleh

This year 382 students graduated with a SoHE major. One was Olivia Saleh (’18), a Brooklyn, NY, native who earned a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Learn more about this recent grad and new SoHE alumna. How did choose your HDFS major? I am incredibly curious about how and why people become who […]

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SoHE News and Events: June 22-28

Students travel to China | Bennett’s artist-in-residence | Kirkorian research feature | Collins is “Big” of the year | APLUS research coverage | Kerr on “dad brains” Consumer Science’s Dr. Nancy Murray and Students in China This May, Teaching Professor Dr. Nancy Murray spent the month in China with a group of students studying abroad […]

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Detention at a “Tender Age”

Even though we may have all breathed a sigh of relief on June 20 with President Trump’s Executive Order ending family separations, the crisis has not ended. Even before arriving at our borders, the children in the headlines and heart-wrenching photos in the news this week were already acutely vulnerable.  It is often extreme violence […]

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SoHE News and Events: May 25 – 31

SoHE’s Olive Sagapolu is a Backflipping Extraordinaire Badger’s lineman and ukulele player Olive Sagapolu captured the hearts of all with his skillful backflipping videos on Instagram and toe-touches at basketball games. Also known as “Mr. Aloha,” Sagapolu brings joy and happiness to everyone he sees. He was recently featured in a national ESPN story that […]

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SoHE News and Events: May 18 – 24

Whelan’s Advice for New Graduates | Kirkorian Publishes Article on Toddlers and Media Professor Whelan Shares Insight on Post-Graduation Questions In a recent interview with channel 3 news, Clinical Professor Christine Whelan, Ph.D. explains the big questions new graduates should be asking themselves. She discusses the pressures of finding one “perfect job,” and instead urges […]

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Enhancing Jail Visits through Interdisciplinary Intervention

In the United States today, roughly 1 in 25 children has a parent behind bars. Millions of children visit their mother and father in prison each year. Understanding that parent-child visits have the potential to lead to increased behavior problems and anxiety in children, an interdisciplinary team of faculty is setting out to change that. […]

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SoHE and the Study of HAPPINESS

HAPPINESS is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions. — Dalai Lama In 2011, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution declaring the pursuit of happiness “a fundamental human goal” and urging countries to factor happiness into their measures of national well-being. While happiness may be a fundamental goal, it can also be elusive. […]

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SoHE News and Events: April 13 – 19

Whelan answers “Does weather affect mood?” | New preschool interactive graphic   Whelan interviewed about the impact of recent snowstorms on mood Snow in spring has been frustrating. Madison News 3 TV interviewed Dr. Christine Whelan about how April snow showers impact people’s happiness. Watch the story and listen to what SoHE’s “expert in happiness” […]

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SoHE News and Events: March 16 – March 22

Campus features YMA wins | Flanigan talks national Walkout Day | Collins wins Kohl’s funding SoHE’s TFD and R&CB students YMA scholarship wins capture campus attention SoHE students wins in the 2018 YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund are featured in the UW News article Trent-setters: Badgers win big (again and again) in national fashion and design competition. […]

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CCFW Affiliate Baldwin Grant Recipients

Congratulations to our CCFW Affiliates Julie Poehlmann-Tynan, & Julia Yeary for winning a Baldwin Seed Project Grant! The Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Seed Project Grants are small grants provided by the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment to “explore or expand new dimensions of existing translational outreach, community-based, and research and public engagement activities.” […]