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Extension Service

The Extension service is the land-grant university partner of the United States Department of Agriculture. Each state has a designated land-grant university. The mission of the Extension Service is to take research and fact-based information to the constituents of the state. Many of the child/family programs developed and conducted by the Extension Service focus on education, problem prevention and enhanced well-being.

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
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
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

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
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


Jeanne Erickson
HDFS Extension Administrative Secretary

Office Phone: 701-231-8652


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