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Research and Projects

Early Risers is a health promotion program that seeks to teach children important life skills within a consistent and supportive environment.

Joel Hektner (Ph.D., University of Chicago)
Professor and Head
Office Phone: 701-231-8269


Eating Disorders and Body Image research: The rates of eating disorders, disordered eating, and body image disturbances are increasing among male and female adolescents and young adults.  It is imperative to understand the nature of these disorders as well as the factors associated with their development.  Personal characteristics as well as family, peer, romantic partner, and other soiocultural influences play a significant role and are thoroughly investigated in the following three studies.

Elizabeth Blodgett Salafia (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame)
Associate Professor
Office Phone: 701- 231-7099

The Healthy Aging Lab is a new research laboratory dedicated to studying cognitive functioning and daily living activities among older adults.  

Melissa Lunsman O'Connor (Ph.D., University of South Florida)
Assistant Professor
Office Phone: 701-231-8268

The Infant Cognitive Development Lab is dedicated to understanding how infants learn and process information about toys and other objects. One of our primary goals is to investigate ways in which parents and caregivers can help their infants learn. 

Rebecca Woods (Ph.D., Texas A&M University)
Associate Professor
Office Phone: 701-231-9791

The Linked Lives Lab seeks to better understand how our interpersonal connections influence adult development and well-being.  

Heather Fuller-Iglesias (Ph.D., University of Michigan)
Assistant Professor
Office Phone: 701-231-5621

Rural Well-Being is an interdisciplinary group of faculty united with a common goal. Specifically, we utilize the expertise we derive from our distinct areas of specialization to understand issues germane to rural families and communities. 

Brandy A. Randall (Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
Associate Professor
Office Phone: 701-231-8742

The Equal Opportunity Therapy Project: Providing Affirmative Services to the LGBT Community is a grant funded project that is focused on evaluating the effectiveness of a training model that prepares mental health professionals to provide competent and affirmative services to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community. The project also involves increasing the capacity of the NDSU Family Therapy to provide affordable and competent therapy services to the LGBT community.  

Dr. Tom Stone Carlson, Principle Investigator
Drs. Christi McGeorge & Kristen Benson, Co- Principle Investigators

Kristen Benson (Ph.D., Virginia Tech)
Associate Professor
Office Phone: 701-231-5879
Tom Stone Carlson (Ph.D., Iowa State University)
Professor, CFT Program Coordinator
Office Phone: 701-231-8279
Christi McGeorge (Ph.D., University of Minnesota)
Office Phone: 701-231-7335

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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 1:13:16 PM