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 Internship information sessions

The department holds HDF 480 and HDF 481 information sessions each semester.  For students interested in a Summer or Fall internship, sessions are held in mid March.  For students interested in Spring  internships, sessions are held the first week in November. Sessions are held on both Kingston and Providence campuses.  See below for specific locations and times.

Kingston Campus:

Tuesday, March 15, 2:00-3:OOPM, Transition Center, Lower Level, Phyllis Penhallow

Thursday, March 31, 2:30-3:30PM, Transition Center, Lower Level, Phyllis Penhallow

Providence Campus:

Wednesday, March 16, 6:00-7:00PM, Conference Room, 2nd floor, Phyllis Penhallow

Tuesday, March 29, 6:30-7:30PM, Conference Room, 2nd floor, Phyllis Penhallow

Registration Form(click link for PDF Form)

Registration Form Deadlines

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

Strong sales spur wider release of URI junior’s novel tackling sexual assault, drug use, mental health

Strong sales spur wider release of URI junior’s novel tackling sexual assault, drug use, mental health

Media Contact: Brian Pernicone, 401-874-7245 Publishing company releases paperback edition of Barren KINGSTON, R.I. – April 26, 2016 — University of Rhode Island junior Elizabeth Miceli wasn’t sure what to expect when her first novel, Barren, was released in October. She wondered if readers would connect with the book despite — or perhaps because of […]

Available HDF Scholarships

Available HDF Scholarships

HDF Scholarship Application_Spring 2016-a Scholarship funds are available for current HDF students who will be returning in the Fall 2016. The scholarships will be awarded based on financial need and academic achievements.  You can access the the application form by clicking on the link above. Applications are due April 15, 2016.

Professors Xiao and Porto’s paper has been selected to win the NEFE Award for 2016

Professors Xiao and Porto’s paper has been selected to win the NEFE Award for 2016

Congratulations!  HDF Professors, Jing Xiao and Nilton Porto’s paper “Consumer Financial Education and Financial Satisfaction: The Mediating Role of Financial Capability” has been selected to win the NEFE Award for the 2016 ACCI conference.  The award will be presented at the conference.

Child Development Center – Full RIDE CECE

Child Development Center – Full RIDE CECE

The Child Development Center  has received their official certificates of FULL RIDE CECE approval for both classrooms. With the necessary playground repairs completed and verified, and supporting documentation reviewed, they have now transitioned from our provisional/full approval designation to fully approved.

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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

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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