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The Linked Lives Research Lab is directed by Dr. Heather Fuller-Iglesias, assistant professor in the department of Human Development and Family Science at NDSU. The Linked Lives Lab is located in EML 283E & J. For more information, please contact Dr. Heather Fuller-Iglesias at

“Linked Lives” are the social ties that connect us to one another.

Human development is a process of growth and change across the entire lifespan, from infancy to old age. Our research focuses on the role of social support in that developmental process throughout adulthood. Social support from family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and communities is an integral factor influencing human development. We do not develop alone; our lives are linked, and through those links we influence each other’s development and well-being. The Linked Lives Lab seeks to better understand how our interpersonal connections influence adult development and well-being.

General Research Focus:

o Social relationships and well-being across the lifespan

o Intergenerational family relationships

o Adult development and Aging

o Social development in Cross-cultural contexts

Current Studies


Heather Fuller Iglesias

Heather Fuller-Iglesias is an assistant University. She received her doctoral degree in Developmental Psychology from the University of Michigan in 2009. Her research broadly focuses on the influence of social relationships and cultural context on development across the professor of human development and family science at North Dakota State lifespan, including a specific focus on intergenerational and family relationships in late-life.

Arlene Pelayo

HDFS Graduate Student

Samjhana Rajbhandari

HDFS Graduate Student

Student Focused. Land Grant. Research University.

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