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Family Studies

Meeting in the research home annex of Doris Kelley Christopher Hall.

Students interested in the Child and Adolescent Development concentration can gain valuable experience by:

  • Working on campus in the Child Development Lab (a pre-school for children 0-5).
  • Assisting on a research project.  Some current projects include: studying the benefits of afterschool programs for teens, assessing school readiness for children, discovering the factors that contribute to childhood obesity.
  • Participating in an internship in the community through the course, HDFS 450: Practicum in HDFS.
  • Volunteering in local schools, after school programs, health settings, etc.

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Questions about this concentration can be directed to:

Barbara Anderson 

237 Bevier Hall
905 South Goodwin Avenue
Urbana, IL  61801

(217) 333-3790

Career Opportunity Spotlight

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Julie Drach Bartlow

Julie Drach Bartlow’s path to her career as a neonatal nurse practitioner was far from typical. As a human development and family studies major, she originally had planned to attend medical school. But after doing her child life specialist practicum, she realized she was passionate about working in neonatal intensive care.

“My background in human development helps me immensely, not only with raising my own family, but also with working with these babies and their families,” Julie says. “I’m better able to understand the process of what they’re going through, so I can explain what is going on and how to cope with their situation.”

Working in a high-stress, high-intensity environment, Julie learned the importance of organization, multitasking, and prioritizing. Despite the stress and emotions of her work, she finds it rewarding to have a lasting impact on babies and their families. A neonatal nurse plays a role in one of the scariest yet one of the most exciting times in a family’s life.

“In partnering with these families through these times, we have an amazing opportunity to make incredible, lasting impacts on them,” she says. “Working with families is what motivates us to come back to work every day.”

HDFS Opportunities

Imagine where ACES can take you!