Thomas Fuller-Rowell, Ph.D.
Ph.D., Cornell University, 2010
(334) 844-3218 | 258 Spidle Hall
HDFS 5300/6300: Human Development and Social Policy
This course considers the impact of policy and related social contexts on human development across the life span. Topics covered will include health disparities, social stratification, social mobility, and racial discrimination. We will discuss policies that create, sustain, or seek to address each of the topics covered, and explore conceptual models of how policy and related social problems influence the developmental health of people and populations. A primary learning goal of this course will be to cultivate knowledge of how macro-level societal processes influence human development, and an ability to analyze and intelligently discuss related policy issues. Assignments and lesson plans emphasize development of analytic writing and critical thinking skills.
HDFS 7020: Adult Development and Aging in Context
The purpose of the course is to provide an overview of the research on adult development and aging. One key focus will be on empirical studies of aging and current knowledge regarding physiological changes, as well as changes in memory, intellectual functioning, well-being, and emotion. In addressing these topics, emphasis will be given to how aging is contoured, not only by biological processes within the person, but also by societal influences, defined by factors such as socioeconomic status, cultural context, and race/ethnicity.