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HDFS Faculty
Kristen Benson (Ph.D., Virginia Tech)
Associate Professor

Office Phone: 701-231-5879 
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 

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

Office Phone: 701- 231-7099
Core Area: Adolescent Development
Research Interests: Family and peer influences on adolescents disordered eating attitudes and behaviors
Research Lab: Eating Disorder and Body Image Lab
Developmental Science Program

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

Office Phone: 701-231-6143
Core Area: Family Science
Research Interests: Parenting and fatherhood; Health marriages; Family stress; Rural families; Grief and bereavement; Family life education; Family policy
Developmental Science Program

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

Office Phone: 701-231-7450
Core Area: Family Science


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

Office Phone: 701-231-7568
Core Area: Child Development 
Research Interests: Personality development in children; Relationship between individual development and family relationships 
Developmental Science Program

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

Office Phone: 701-231-5621
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
Research Lab:Linked Lives Lab
Developmental Science Program

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

Office Phone: 701-231-8269
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
Developmental Science Program

Nancy Kaler (M.S., University of North Dakota)
Senior Lecturer

Office Phone: 701-231-7843
Core Area: Consumer education, internships in HDFS 

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

Office Phone: 701-231-7335
Core AreaCouple and Family Therapy and Family Science
Research Interests Include: Influence of heterosexism and homophobia on clinical practice and training, gender equity in therapy, gender equity in higher education, feminist theories, and societal perceptions of single parents.

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

Office Phone: 701-231-8268
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.
Research Lab: Healthy Aging Lab
Developmental Science Program

Candace Philbrick (Ph.D., North Dakota State University)
Senior Lecturer

Office Phone: 701-231-8268
Core Area: Gerontology 
Brandy A. Randall (Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
Associate Professor

Office Phone: 701-231-8742
Core Area: Child, Adolescent Development
Research Interests: Relational and contextual influences on adolescents' and young adults' positive and problem behaviors
Developmental Science Program

Divya Saxena, (M.S., North Dakota State University)
Extension, HDFS Family Science Associate

Office Phone: 701-231-5948
Core Area: Parent Education, School Readiness, Quality of relationships
Research Interests: Grandparenting, Intergenerational relationships; Family life education; Early intervention and early childhood education
Website: Gearing Up for Kindergarten

Meagan Scott (Ph.D., Oklahoma State University)
4-H Youth Development Specialist/Assistant Professor

Office Phone: 701-231-7964
Core Area: 4-H Youth Development
Area of Responsibility:
 Family and Consumer Science, Communication Arts, Afterschool Training, Adolescent Development, Children, Youth, and Families at Risk

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

Office Phone: 701-231-8279
Core Area: Couple and Family Therapy and Family Science 
Research Interests Include: Trainee experiences and effectiveness of narrative pedagogy, Client experiences and outcomes of relational accountability approach to couples therapy, Evaluation of LGBT affirmative therapy competence among therapists, and Influence of spirituality of clinical practice and training.

Jane Strommen, (Ph.D. North Dakota State University)
Extension Gerontology Specialist
Assistant Professor of Practice

Office Phone: 701-231-5948
Core Area:  Gerontology
Research Interests:  Family caregiving, rural elders, aging in place, healthy aging 
Website:  Aging & Wellness


Wendy Troop-Gordon (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Associate Professor in Psychology
Affiliated faculty in HDFS

Office Phone: 701-231-8738
Core Area: Child, Adolescent Development; Research Methods and Statistics
Research Interests: Peer victimization; social cognition; contextual factors that influence social interactions among children; forms of aggression and their relation to psychological and school adjustment; the impact of self- and peer-perceptions on well-being 

Ann Werlinger (M.S., North Dakota State University)
Senior Lecturer

Office: EML 277E 
Phone is 231-9790
Rebecca Woods (Ph.D., Texas A&M University)
Associate Professor

Office Phone: 701-231-9791
Core Area: Infant & toddler development
Research Interests: Perception and cognition in infancy; object processing; multimodal processing, adults' influence on infant learning
Research Lab: Infant Cognitive Development Lab
Developmental Science Program

Dena Wyum (M.S., North Dakota State University)
Senior Lecturer: Human Development and Family Science and Women and Gender Studies

Office Phone: 701-231-77553
Academic Adviser

Dani Kvanvig-Bohnsack, (M.A., North Dakota State University)
Academic Advisor

Office Phone: 701-231-9849
Dani advises freshman and sophomores in Human Development Family Science (HDFS), Elementary Education with HDFS and Social Work with HDFS.

Link to: Schedule an Appointment with Dani Kvanvig-Bohnsack

Academic Advising Frequently Asked Questions

Social Work Faculty

Amy Phillips (MSSW, Columbia University; PhD, University of North Dakota)
Associate Professor (Minot State University)
Site Coordinator, Minot State University Social Work Program
Office Phone: 701-231-9792
Office: EML Hall 277

Trude Hendrickson

Adjunct Faculty (Minot State University)
Field Coordinator, Minot State University Social Work Program
Office Phone: 701-231-5742
Office: EML Hall 283
HDFS Staff

Michelle Pearson
Coordinator Family Therapy Center

Theresa Anderson
HDFS Academic Assistant

Office Phone: 701-231-8268 

Jeanne Erickson
Extension-HDFS Administrative Secretary

Office Phone: 231-8652


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Last Updated: Monday, August 15, 2016 11:49:32 AM