Department of Human Development and Family Science
Ambika Krishnakumar, Chair, 315-443-1715
144 White Hall
Colleen Baish Cameron, D. Bruce Carter, Joseph P. Fanelli, Irene Kehres, Ambika Krishnakumar, Eunjoo Jung, Teresa MacDonald, Matthew Mulvaney, Kamala Ramadoss, Rachel Razza, Jaipaul L. Roopnarine, Merril Silverstein
Rachel Razza, Graduate Program Director; 315-443-7377
Students enrolled in the Department of Human Development and Family Science graduate programs (M.A., M.S., Ph.D.) receive interdisciplinary training in theory and practice that help facilitate student understanding of human development within and across diverse family and cultural settings. Faculty in the department hold advanced degrees in developmental psychology, sociology, education, and gerontology and are actively engaged in international and cross-cultural research and practice. In addition to learning about relevant theories and research, graduate students are expected to undertake national or international independent applied internships and/or research activities.
The Department of Human Development and Family Science is located on the first floor of the Falk Complex. The Complex includes both MacNaughton and White Halls, is located on the western portion of the Syracuse University campus. The renovated complex includes a centralized Falk Admissions center that offers prospective students the chance to see Falk College in action on a daily basis, and an expanded Student Services space conducive to providing programming that helps students be successful. In addition to administrative and academic program offices and classrooms, the Falk Complex also offers students dedicated study/collaborative space, computer labs and comforts like a café and student lounge.
The Bernice M. Wright (BMW) Child Development Laboratory School is located on Syracuse University’s South Campus, Falk College celebrated the grand reopening of the Bernice M. Wright Child Development Lab School on November 30, 2012, showcasing its recently renovated and expanded facilities. Bernice M. Wright embraces inclusion, celebrating cultural and developmental diversity and recognizing the similarities and differences that make the world an exciting place. Through collaboration with community-based service providers, the school enrolls children with varying developmental abilities, adding greatly to the overall classroom experience. The site serves as a teacher training facility and supports research in early childhood education.