Category Archives: Human Devl & Family Studies

Emily Parrott

Emily Parrott: Grad student Spotlight

SoHE HDFS graduate student Emily Parrott has been awarded UW-Madison’s prestigious Institute for Research on Poverty Dissertation Fellowship. Through the award, Emily is provided with a year of funding to work on her Ph.D. dissertation, which she is using to broaden the understanding of first-generation college students and their social capital investments post-graduation. As a […]

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SoHE News and Stories: September 4 – September 10

Papp radio interview | Ann Hoyt healthcare reform lecture HDFS Professor Lauren Papp Interviewed on WTMJ Radio On August 29, WTMJ Radio interviewed SoHE professor Lauren Papp on ‘helicopter parenting.’ This style of parenting is characterized by a close and engaged relationship, but additionally reflects too much intrustion or involvement on the side of the […]

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SoHE News and Stories: August 28 – September 3

Check out what’s going on in SoHE this week! HDFS Professor Raison Interviewed on MDMA as PTSD Treatment SoHE Professor Dr. Charles Raison was interviewed by Channel 3 news on his research regarding MDMA, also known as Ecstasy, as a possible treatment for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The Food and Drug Administration has referred […]

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SoHE News & Stories: June 30 – July 6

Take a look at what’s happening at SoHE this week! Sparks Honored with Community-University Partnership Award SoHE Assistant Professor Shannon Sparks, PhD., was honored with a Community-University partnership award for her work with the Milwaukee Consortium for Hmong Health. The Consortium, founded in 2008, was created to increase capacity in Milwaukee to address cancer health disparities for […]

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SoHE News & Stories: June 8 – June 15

Check out what’s happening at SoHE – just an average week in Nancy Nicholas Hall! Assistant Professor Litzelman Receives Baldwin Mini-Grant Assistant Professor Kristin Litzelman was selected to receive one of ten mini-grants from the Baldwin endowment. This competitive grant program aims to encourage innovation and experimentation in small-scale projects. Litzelman was awarded the grant […]

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HDFS Student Julia Presten Soars High

When NYC native Julia Presten was in high school she founded ANGELIC NYC, a clothing company with a positive message and that donates to nonprofits. Today, Julia’s company is continuing to grow and she is looking forward to her junior year at UW-Madison this fall. With ANGELIC top of mind, Julia started off at SoHE […]

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SoHE News & Stories: May 25 – June 1

Check out what’s happening at SoHE this week! Professor Duncan Shares Research Results Catching the attention of the New York Times, HDFS associate professor Dr. Larissa Duncan recently released results from her research on the potential benefits of mindful childbirth classes for expectant mothers. Many first-time parents experience labor-related anxiety and fears of postpartum depression […]

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Postpartum Depression May Be Prevented When Mindfulness Is Part of Childbirth Education

A new study from researchers at UW-Madison and University of California-San Francisco shows mindfulness training that addresses fear and pain during childbirth improves childbirth experiences and lessens depression symptoms both during pregnancy and the early postpartum period. This rigorous new study comparing mainstream childbirth education with childbirth education including mindfulness skills points to the benefits […]

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SoHE News & Stories: May 7 – May 12

Take a look at what’s happening at SoHE this week! Fashion Show Award Winners The annual Threads: Fashion Show, themed Ensemble this year, took place on April 30th. The award winners for this year were: Neil Sekhorn and Jingjing Li with Honorable Mention ($50), Maheen Quarishi with the Fashion Show Leadership Award ($250), Ike Cech […]

Caregiver Well-being Connected to Patient Care

Cancer patients report lower quality of care when their caregivers are ill or depressed, according to data from the Cancer Care Outcomes Research and Surveillance (CanCORS) consortium. “Many clinicians understand the importance of their patients’ caregivers and care about them,” Dr. Kristin Litzelman from University of Wisconsin in Madison told Reuters Health by email. “And […]

Human and Development and Family Studies PhD Graduate Abra Vigna

Grad Student Vigna: The Power of Self-Compassion

Abra Vigna, PhD Human Development & Family Studies As a researcher of LGBTQ+ youth with both her Master’s and Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from the School of Human Ecology, Abra Vigna has a firm understanding of the ways in which our identities comprise the very core of our own human ecological systems. […]

Grad Student Dave Smallen

Grad Student Smallen: Well Connected

Dave Smallen, Doctoral Candidate Human Development & Family Studies In 2006, at the age of 21, singer/songwriter Dave Smallen was signed to Capitol Records and touring the U.S. with his band, Street to Nowhere. To the casual observer, he was living the dream, but like so much in pop culture, it was partly just an […]

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New Hockey Coach Sets Goal at SoHE

  On July 13, Granato read to children in the SoHE Preschool Lab on chameleons and crocodiles. New Hockey Coach Comes Back to the Badgers & SoHE The new men’s hockey coach, Tony Granato, has returned to UW-Madison and the School of Human Ecology to finish his Human Development and Family Studies degree. Granato played […]

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HDFS’s Albert Burgess-Hull Receives Fellowship

Congratulations to Albert Burgess-Hull, Human Development and Family Studies graduate student, who was recently awarded a competitive Social Network and Health Scholars (SNHS) Training Fellowship at Duke University. The NICHD funded (R25) program is designed to help bridge the gap between social network research demand and training. As a SNHS Fellow, Albert will participate in an […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Catching up with Kate Link, BS ’12

Four years after graduating with a degree in Human Development & Family Studies (HDFS) and earning a masters from Ball State, Kate is back on campus at the McBurney Disability Resource Center as an Accommodations Specialist. Part of her role involves coordinating services for UW-Madison students with disabilities, including ADHD, autism, head injuries, and health, […]

Human Development and Family Studies grad student Eunjin Lee and Professor Linda Roberts

Grad Student Eunjin Lee wins award

Eunjin Lee, PhD candidate in Human Development and Family Studies received the 2015 New Investigator Award at the 27th Annual Colloquium on Aging. The award is given to a UW-Madison student or advanced trainees to recognize outstanding achievement in aging or life course studies. SoHE grad student Lee was noted for Excellence in Psychosocial Research […]