About HDFS

In Human Development and Family Science, we explore the social complexities of human life from beginning to end to improve quality of life worldwide. Through the study of individuals, environments and relationships, we apply scientific methodologies to find solutions for everyday problems.

We are people helping people.


HDFS Mission

The mission of the Department of Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) at Auburn University is to generate, disseminate, and apply scientific knowledge of human, family, and community development. We focus on understanding and supporting optimal development across the lifespan using multidisciplinary approaches and cutting edge methodologies. Our core areas include the intersections of individuals, families, and communities, with a special focus on relationships and the biopsychosocial underpinnings of healthy development and well-being. We are committed to creating and applying knowledge to prevention and intervention efforts with the goal of assisting individuals, families, and communities in reaching their full potential.

HDFS Spotlight

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Gaston Gary
"What I am doing with Camp iCare is teaching kids from the ages of 6 years to 12 years old about why it’s important to manage money and help them understand what it means to be a philanthropist. Camp iCare reaches ..."