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Developmental Science Program Faculty

HDFS Core Developmental Science Faculty:

James E. Deal (Ph.D., University of Georgia)
Professor and Head

Office Phone: 701-231-7568
Email: jim.deal@ndsu.edu
Core Area: Child Development 
Research Interests: Personality development in children; Relationship between individual development and family relationships 

Elizabeth Blodgett Salafia (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame)
Assistant Professor

Office Phone: 701- 231-7099
Email: Elizabeth.salafia@ndsu.edu
Core Area: Adolescent Development 
Research Interests: Family and peer influences on adolescents disordered eating attitudes and behaviors 
Eating Disorder and Body Image Lab 

Sean Brotherson (Ph.D., Oregon State University)
Extension Family Science Specialist, Professor

Office Phone: 701-231-6143
Email: sean.brotherson@ndsu.edu
Core Area: Family Science
Research Interests:
 Parenting and fatherhood; Health marriages; Family stress; Rural families; Grief and bereavement; Family life education; Family policy 

Margaret Fitzgerald (Ph.D., Iowa State University)
Professor

Office Phone: 701-231-8280
Email:margaret.fitzgerald@ndsu.edu
Core Area: Family Economics and Policy 
Research Interests:
 Financial counseling and planning; Husbands and wives who own and operate family businesses together; Family business and economically vulnerable/viable communities; Gender and management issues in family business 

Heather Fuller-Iglesias (Ph.D., University of Michigan)
Assistant Professor

Office Phone: 701-231-5621
Email:Heather.Fuller-Iglesias@ndsu.edu
Core Area: Adult Development and Aging
Research Interests:
 Social relationships across the lifespan (e.g. intergenerational relationships); Psychological well-being in old age; Culture and Aging; Migration, transnationalism and acculturation; Biculturalism 

Joel Hektner (Ph.D., University of Chicago)
Professor

Office Phone: 701-231-8269
Email: joel.hektner@ndsu.edu
Core Area: Child, Adolescent Development
Research Interests
: Aggressive children; Research methods; Prevention programs for high-risk aggressive children; Peer affiliation patterns and peer influences on children's behaviors; Family and school conditions that facilitate optimal experiences (flow) and optimal development; The Experience Sampling Method 

Melissa Lunsman O'Connor (Ph.D., University of South Florida)
Assistant Professor

Office Phone: 701-231-8268
Email:melissa.oconnor@ndsu.edu
Core Area: Adult Development and Aging
Research Interests: Examining age-related differences and changes in cognitive and functional abilities, such as driving, among healthy adults and clinical populations; quantitative methods and psychometrics; interventions for improving cognition, health, and everyday functioning; and attitudes toward dementia.

Brandy A. Randall (Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
Associate Professor

Office Phone: 701-231-8742
Email: Brandy.Randall@ndsu.edu
Core Area: Child, Adolescent Development
Relational and contextual influences on adolescents' and young adults' positive and problem behaviors

Rebecca Woods (Ph.D., Texas A&M University)
Assistant Professor

Office Phone: 701-231-9791
Email: Rebecca.woods@ndsu.edu
Core Area: Infant & toddler development
Research Interests: Perception and cognition in infancy; object processing; multimodal processing
Infant Cognitive Development Lab 

Affiliated Faculty within HDFS:

Kristen Benson (Ph.D., Virginia Tech)
Assistant Professor

Office Phone: 701-231-5879
Email:kristen.benson@ndsu.edu 
Core Area: Couple and Family Therapy 
Research Interests: gender identity and family/partner relationships, diversity issues in family therapy, collaborative approaches to family therapy education and training, and qualitative methodology 

Christi McGeorge (Ph.D., University of Minnesota)
Associate Professor

Office Phone: 701-231-7335
Email: Christine.McGeorge@ndsu.edu
Core Area: Couple and Family Therapy and Family Science 
Research Interests:
 Heterosexism and homophobia; Single parenting; Women's history; Gender socialization from a feminist perspective

Debra Pankow (Ph.D., South Dakota State University)
Extension Family Economics Specialist, Associate Professor

Sharon Query (Ph.D., Iowa State University)
4-H Youth Specialist/Assistant Professor

Office Phone: 701-231-5923
Email: Sharon.Query@ndsu.edu
Core Area: Consumer and Family Sciences, Adolescent Development, Afterschool Training. 

Tom Stone Carlson (Ph.D., Iowa State University)
 Professor, CFT Program Coordinator

Office Phone: 701-231-8279
Email: tom.carlson@ndsu.edu
Core Area: Couple and Family Therapy and Family Science 
Research Interests Include: influence of homophobia and heterosexism on clinical practice and training, evaluation of LGBT affirmative therapy competence among therapists, evaluation of feminist and social justice training practices and influence of spirituality of clinical practice and training.

Affiliated Faculty outside HDFS:

Ardith Brunt, Ph.D., Associate Professor (Health, Nutrition and Exercise Science)
Donna Grandbois, Ph.D., Assisnt Professor (Nursing)
Daniel Klenow, Ph.D., Department Head Emergency Management
Linda Langley, Ph.D., Associate Professor (Psychology)
Judy Pearson, Ph.D., Professor (Communications)
Susan Ray-Degges, Ph.D., Associate Professor (Apparel, Design and Hospitality Managment)
Larry Reynolds, Ph.D., Professor (Animal Sciences)
Greg Sanders, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Dean, Human Development and Education
Molly Secor-Turner, Ph.D., RN Assistant Professor (Nursing)
Kevin Thompson, Ph.D., Professor (Criminal Justice and Political Science)
Wendy Troop-Gordan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor (Psychology)
Kimberly Vonnahme, Ph.D., Assistant Professor (Animal Sciences)
Rachelle Vettern, Ph.D., Assistant Professor (Center for 4-H Youth Development)


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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 11:31:01 AM