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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: 701-231-5665

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

Campus Location:
EML 383
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


Divya Saxena, (M.S., North Dakota State University)
Extension 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

Lori Scharmer (M.S.)
Extension Family Economic Specialist

Office Phone: Minot 701-857-7682  Fargo 701-231-8652
Core Area: Family Economics

 Website: Family Economics

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

Office Phone: 701-231-5948
Core Area: Aging and Wellnes
Research Interest:

Website:Aging and Wellness



Jeanne Erickson
HDFS Extension Administrative Secretary

Office Phone: 701-231-8652


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Last Updated: Thursday, May 26, 2016 9:03:41 AM