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 Internship information sessions

The department holds HDF 480 and HDF 481 information sessions each semester.  For students interested in Fall internships, sessions are held the first week in March.  For students interested in Spring or Summer internships, sessions are held the first week in November. Sessions are held on both Kingston and Providence campuses.

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Registration Form Deadlines

  • For Fall semester internships: April 25
  • For Spring semester internship: December 5
  • For Summer session internship: April 25


Playground at URI Child Development Center dedicated to former director, Sue Warford

KINGSTON, R.I., Oct. 30, 2015 – It all started with a leaf floating in a puddle. The boy was enchanted by it, and that joy enchanted Sue Warford. She tossed aside her ambition to become a child psychologist and settled instead on nurturing that wonder in a classroom. Read More


Professor Nilton Porto is featured in WalletHub’s study about Auto Financing.

On a scale of 1 (an emphatic no) to 10 (an emphatic yes), is this a good time of year to buy a car? I would give it an 8 for two reasons. First, this is the time that dealers are starting to receive next year’s inventory and want to sell the current year models. […]

Melanie Brasher

Professor Brasher has an op-ed for the Providence Journal on marriage changing with the times

  In his Aug. 8 Commentary piece (“Altering the marriage ‘ecosystem’), Mark Regnerus claims the legalization of same-sex marriage will “alter the marriage ecosystem.” The result? Children suffer, the birth rate falls, and government infiltrates family life. Regnerus makes several unfounded assumptions about the meaning and purpose of marriage and family. We want to offer […]


Dr. Hyunjin Kim’s paper selected as Best Paper for 2014 by ATEA

Taylor & Francis / ATEA Best Paper Award 2014 committee selected Dr. Hyunjin Kim’s paper published in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education (APJTE: SSCI journal) titled: Pre-service teachers’ motivation, sense of teaching efficacy, and expectation of reality shock as the best paper of 2014. The award was recognized during the ATEA Annual Conference in Darwin (July 7-10, 2015) in Australia.


Assistant Professor Skye Leedahl chosen as a Presidential Faculty Fellow by the Rhode Island Campus Compact

Assistant Professor Skye Leedahl was chosen as a Presidential Faculty Fellow by the Rhode Island Campus Compact.  Dr. Leedahl holds a joint appointment in Human Development & Family Studies and Political Science.  A consortium of all 11 institutes of Higher Education, The RI Campus Compact works to increase the engagement of students, faculty and staff […]


Tina Wambolt – Human Development & Family Studies

Not long ago, Tina Wambolt was drinking 24 beers a day and so depressed she could barely get off the sofa, much less leave her house. Next month, the 40-year-old West Warwick resident will graduate from the University of Rhode Island’s Providence campus with a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies, with a […]


Susan Warford, CDC Director is the 2015 APAW Woman of the Year

Sue Warford is the 2015 APAW Woman of the Year.  APAW is a professional association at the University of Rhode Island and each year selects an outstanding woman through a nomination process.  The award is given in recognition of a woman’s commitment to “effect and ensure that professional woman at URI are accorded, just and […]



HDF professor and expert in outcomes research, Dr. Jacqueline Sparks, was recently a keynote presenter at the conference of Psycho-Therapeutic Alternatives to Medication held in Baton Rouge, LA. Science writer and author, Robert Whitaker was the other keynote speaker at the conference.  He is author of Anatomy of an Epidemic:  Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and […]


CDC teacher Jessica MacLeod has been nominated for the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools Master’s Thesis Award

Jessica MacLeod, a graduate of the Masters program in Human Development & Family Studies and current teacher at the URI Child Development Center, has been nominated for the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools Master’s Thesis Award. Each year the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools recognizes an outstanding master’s thesis that has been produced by a […]

Annemarie Vaccaro

URI Big Thinker: Annemarie Vaccaro

By teaching graduate students and others how to facilitate conversations about diversity, and leading workshops to engage faculty and staff in diversity efforts, Dr. Vaccaro has become a national leader in providing clear, research-based steps to creating safe and welcoming environments for all.

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