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The College of Human Development and Education Graduate Advisory Council works to advise the College and individual graduate programs on the supports and information that would enhance the experience of our graduate students. Members on the Council include both new and current graduate students and both on-campus and distant students. Members of the Advisory Council serve as liaisons between the students, faculty, and Dean of the College.

Becoming a Member:  Graduate students from programs in the College of Human Development and Education are self-nominated or nominated to serve on the Graduate Student Advisory Council by College graduate faculty and Department Heads. These students serve as representatives of all the graduate students in the College. Meetings are held at least once each semester to discuss current issues and to identify strengths of programs, as well as areas that need improvement.

Benefits: Involvement of a broad range of graduate students in providing input and information about graduate programs in the College of Human Development and Education.

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2017-2018 Members

Alison Barry

I am a doctoral student in HNES, in the Exercise Science track. My research interests are increasing physical activity across the lifespan.

Shawn Carlson

I am a doctoral student in the Developmental Science program. I am a first year student who started at NDSU August 2017. I entered the program with a B.A. in Psychology and Criminal Justice, with a minor in Juvenile Justice from Minnesota State University Moorhead. My research interests include socioemotional development in children, child maltreatment, developmental psychopathology, school-based interventions and the school to prison pipeline.

Vimbayi Chinopfukutwa

I am a doctoral student in the Developmental Science Program.  I received my undergraduate degree from Africa University, Zimbabwe in Social Sciences  in 2008. My research interests involve examining problem and positive behaviors of adolescents with a focus on their prosocial behavior.

Amanda Fairweather


I am currently a second year master’s student in the Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Science program. I received my undergraduate degrees from the University of North Dakota in 2016, with my B.S. in Kinesiology and Community Nutrition. My research interests are in Motivational Interviewing training modalities and health promotions.

Sydney Hylland

I am graduate student in the Merchandising program. I received my undergraduate degree from NDSU in Retail Merchandising this past spring.


Maegan Jones

I am a doctoral student in Developmental Science program, located in the Human Development and Family Science department. I entered the program with a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from the College of William and Mary in 2013, and earned my M.S. in Developmental Science in 2016. Broadly, I research mental health and eating disorder prevention. More specifically, I focus on the family context, and the potential barriers against the development of maladaptive habits that can be cultivated within the family environment to help children lead happier, healthier lives.

Kassiann Landin

I am currently a Doctoral Research Assistant in the Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences programs. I also received my Master’s Degree in 2016 from the Advanced Athletic Training Program here at NDSU, and prior to that worked as the athletic trainer for a high school in Minnesota. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Maine in 2012, with my B.S in Athletic Training. My current research interests lie in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) teaching methods in order to improve retention rates and quality of CPR among allied health care professionals and lay people. Additionally, I am interested in exploring claims regarding the effectiveness of Kinesio® Tape in an injured population. I am also interested in the continuation of fellow athletic trainer’s knowledge and awareness regarding abnormal cases of illness or treatment options within the athletic population.

Brooke Thiel

I'm a doctoral student in Occupational and Adult Education. I earned my bachelors degree in Agricultural Education and Animal Science from NDSU in 2010. I taught high school agricultural education in Kindred, ND for seven years. While I was teaching, I completed at masters degree in agricultural education through NDSU in 2017. 

Masahiro Toyama

I am a doctoral student in Developmental Science. I started this program at NDSU in August 2016. While I earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Kyoto University in Japan, my interest had changed and then I completed a master’s program in Psychology at Montclair State University in New Jersey. I am interested in promoting health and well-being across the lifespan, especially during adulthood. I’m also going to specialize in cross-cultural studies on related areas.

Meghan Yerhot

I am in the Developmental Science program. I started at NDSU in August of 2016. I entered the program with my Bachelors of Science in Child Development and Family studies with a minor in Psychology from Minnesota State University, Mankato. My research interests involve the population of emerging adulthood. Specifically, I am interested in identity development, parental support, family dynamics and socioeconomic status.

Katie Zueger

I  am graduate student in the Merchandising program. I completed my undergraduate degree through NDSU in Retail Merchandising this past summer.

If you would like more information about this group, or are interested in becoming a member, please contact Margaret Fitzgerald at 701-231-8211.

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