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Department of

Human Development

Human development is the study of how children, young people, adults, and families develop, change, and face challenges throughout their life span.
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Exploring the dynamic journey of individuals and families across their lifespan—from childhood through adolescence to adulthood—is at the core of our multidisciplinary department’s mission.

We are dedicated to unraveling the intricacies of human development within the broader context of families, schools, and communities. Through our diverse range of programs in teaching, research, and outreach, we strive to foster the well-being and growth of children, adults, and families not only in the state of Washington but throughout the nation.




Degree Programs

PhD in Prevention Science

Discover Prevention Science, an interdisciplinary field applying research on individuals, families, and their communities to develop and disseminate evidence-based programs for individual, family, and community well-being.

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