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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

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Keri Powell Therapy Inc.

Kelly Fein 

General Job Description: Kelly provides individual, family, and couples therapy to children, adolescents, and adults in the Champaign-Urbana area and surrounding communities.

Kelly Fein, a licensed clinical social worker and mental health therapist for Keri Powell Therapy Inc., enjoys her profession because it allows her to truly help others.

“The best part of my job is getting to be a part of an individual’s story, and being invited to partner with them on their healing journey,” Kelly says. “ Every day I am amazed by human strength, perseverance, and capacity for change. Through the therapuetic relationship, I get to learn so much from my clients. It is truly a privilege.”

She says a large aspect of her job is having hope and faith in her clients throughout the healing process.

“I believe it’s important to have the ability not only to see long-term and have hope, but also to be in the present moment and know that there is so much potential in the ‘now’,” she says. “My commitment to continuing education, self-care, and loyalty to my profession helps me to have perspective and extend hope to my clients that change is possible.” 

Kelly says that her experience working in groups at U of I has really helped her in her profession.

“In my program, there was an emphasis on working in groups. This experience has helped me to be successful in many different work settings postgraduation,” she says. “Currently, I work in a group private practice. Collaboration, communication, and support of one another are critical to providing the best service to our clients.”

Entering U of I as an undecided major, Kelly quickly found her academic family and her passion in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), and she credits that with her success.

“I loved being a part of a large campus and having the closeness of studying in a smaller department. I was ‘undecided’ when I entered my undergraduate studies, but after taking an introductory HDFS class to fulfill a general education requirement, I was impressed with the instructor’s ability to reach a large group of students while connecting with each one individually,” she says. “I met with this instructor to talk about my interests and career goals, and this is what ultimately led to my decision to choose HDFS as my major. Throughout my involvement in the program, I continued to be impressed with the quality of teaching and availability my professors offered.”


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