Michigan State University

College of Social Science

Human Development Initiative

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The Human Development Initiative, begun in 2009, is a community of scholars throughout the university interested in development across the lifespan. The initiative creates venues where scholars involved in cutting-edge research in the social and health sciences (including genetics, neuroscience, and psychosocial development) can focus on the intersections between their own work and that of other researchers. We invite faculty and graduate students to join us at our bi-weekly brown bag speaker series and our fall and spring colloquia.


Fridays, 10-11:30, 552 W. Circle Drive, Human Ecology Conference Room (Room 9)

Oct. 9 Amy Nuttall, PhD
Human Development and Family Studies - Michigan State University
“Understanding Processes of Generational Boundary Dissolution Across Development”

Nov. 13 Sarah Douglas, PhD
Human Development and Family Studies - Michigan State University
“Teaching Communication Partners to Support Young Children with Complex Communication Needs”

Dec. 4 Alissa Huth-Bocks, PhD
Department of Psychology - Eastern Michigan University
“Prenatal Representations of Caregiving: Risk Factors and Associated Outcomes”

G. Anne Bogat, PhD

Antonia Garcia, MA
Graduate Assistant

Claire Vallotton, PhD
C. Emily Durbin, PhD
Advisory Board

If you would like to be added to the HDI mailing list, please email Antonia Garcia (garci227@msu.edu).