NDSU Extension
Children, Families and Finances

NDSU Extension is the land-grant university partner of the United States Department of Agriculture. 

Our Mission

Empower North Dakotans to improve their lives and communities through science-based education

NDSU Extension believes:

  • In lifelong learning through transformational education
  • That all people belong and deserve respect
  • In stakeholder input to guide program development
  • In science-based, locally relevant information
  • In the value of partners and collaboration
Contact Us


Location and Mailing Address
Extension Human Development and Family Science
Telephone: 701-231-8652
Fax: 701-231-9645

Mailing Address:
Extension HDFS
NDSU Dept. 7260
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Campus Location:
EML 322
1310 Centennial Blvd.
Fargo, ND 58102

HDFS/Extension Specialists and Staff
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; Healthy marriages; Family stress and transitions; Grief and bereavement; Early childhood and well-being; Family life education; Family policy 

Kim Bushaw, (M.S., North Dakota State University)
Extension Family Science Specialist

Office Phone: 701-231-7450
Email: kim.bushaw@ndsu.edu
Core Area: Family Science
Research Interests: Early childhood education and care; Parent education; Adult learning


Carrie Johnson (Ph.D., Iowa State University)
Extension Personal and Family Finance Specialist, Assistant Professor

Office phone: 701-231-8593
Email: carrie.johnson.1@ndsu.edu

Core Area: Personal and Family Finance Extension
Research Interests:
Personal finance for low-income and underserved populations; Financial education impact; Student loan debt: Program delivery methods and evaluation; Behavioral finance across the lifespan.

Jane Strommen, (Ph.D., North Dakota State University)
Extension Gerontology Specialist

Office Phone: 701-231-5948
Email: jane.strommen@ndsu.edu
Core Area: Aging and Wellness
Research Interest:  Falls prevention in older adults; Family caregivers of older adults; Aging in place in rural areas
Website:Aging Well

Krista Olson, Administrative Secretary, HDFS Extension

Office Phone: 231-8652



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