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Dr. Lori Skibbe and her daughter Elena

Through graduate and undergraduate instruction, faculty and student research, and local, state, and national outreach activities, the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (formerly Family and Child Ecology) seeks to have a positive impact on individuals and families in the contexts of lifespan development, community, and diversity. Learn more...

Child Development graduate program at Michigan State University

Child Development

Through innovative research programs and high quality education for students, child development faculty are creating new knowledge and training the next generation of scholars and practitioners.
Couple and Family Therapy graduate program at Michigan State University

Couple and Family Therapy

The PhD specialization in Couple and Family Therapy trains scientist-practitioners and is accredited by the Commission on Marriage and Family Therapy Education.
Lifespan Human Development and Family Diversity graduate program at MSU

Lifespan Human Development and Family Diversity

This emphasis provides an opportunity for students to integrate both lifespan development and family diversity by developing a focus on the balance of individual, family, and community.
Youth Development graduate programs at Michigan State University

Youth Development - Great Plains IDEA

Online Master of Arts Degree and Graduate Certificate Programs with a positive, strength-based curriculum for working with today's diverse youth in multiple contexts.
Online Master of Arts Degree in Family and Community Services from MSU

Family and Community Services - Great Plains IDEA

Online Master of Arts Degree prepares students to work with individuals and families in a community context.

Couple and Family Therapy Clinic

Couple and Family Therapy Clinic: family, couple, individual, & child services. Sliding fee scale. M-Th 8-8, F 8-5. (517) 432-2272.

Child Development Lab (CDL)

MSU's Child Development Laboratories provide exemplary half day and full day preschool for the Greater Lansing Area, quality teacher training experiences, and unique research opportunities. (517) 335-1900.

Family Impact Seminars

The Family Impact Seminars are a series of seminars and briefing reports for state policymakers on timely policy issues such as the economy, welfare reform, juvenile justice and healthcare.