Human Development and Family Sciences
The Catalyst
December 2018
Dear HDFS community,

This month we highlight the impact  of the work that is happening in HDFS. Our faculty and students have a wide array of interest areas and yet, we share in common a commitment to social justice and engaging in activities that make our world a better place. Our research, teaching, and outreach make a difference in the lives of individuals, families, communities, schools, institutions of higher learning and our various scholarly communities. Please join me in congratulating everyone in HDFS for all the wonderful work that they do!
Happy Holidays to all and all the best for 2019!

Bahira Sherif Trask, HDFS department chair
Faculty & Student Spotlights
The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities , led by Steve Eidelman, HDFS professor, was established in 2006 to support intellectual/developmental disability professionals to create, foster, and reinvent organizations to provide meaningful, positive supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.The Consortium runs week-long Leadership Institutes ten times a year, most recently in San Jose, California.The skills, knowledge and values developed through participation in the National Leadership Consortium’s Leadership Institutes are critical to making quality lives and meaningful community inclusion a reality for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Conducting highly impactful work is Ruth Fleury-Steiner, HDFS associate professor. Her research which is funded by the National Science Foundation, in collaboration with Dr. Susan Miller (Sociology and Criminal Justice) and the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence. This study draws on the perspectives of survivors of intimate partner abuse who use civil protection orders to understand how the experiences with the court itself affect safety and future decision making. Sixty-five undergraduate and graduate students have worked on the project, including observing in Delaware Family Court, recruiting and interviewing participants, and data analysis and dissemination. Research findings will contribute to a better understanding of the process from the perspectives of women seeking orders, contributing to improved effectiveness and safety.
HDFS undergraduate and graduate students,  pictured above,  along with professor Bahira Trask,were invited to present at the  Osher Lifelong Learning Institute  in November.They spoke on the impact of the global housing crisis and multi- generational family life.The presentation was well received with the audience asking many questions of the students about their views on the different generations in today’s world.
In October, Jennifer Gallo-Fox, HDFS assistant professor, pictured right, and Elizabeth Soslau, SOE associate professor, presented the keynote at the California State University System Co-teaching Symposium in Monterey, California.

Their talk, Promises and Realities of Coteaching: Unmasking Invisible Thinking , highlighted recent findings about the ways teacher candidate learning is supported in during collaborative student teaching experiences.
Heidi Beck, Don Peters, Martha Buell, and Rena Hallam at NDEHS
20th Anniversary Celebration
In DIEEC news: Rena Hallam, Martha Buell and Heidi Beck published a policy brief on “The importance of high quality early care and education for the future of Delaware’s children and families” through the Partnership for Public Education. In the brief they describe UD’s statewide efforts to improve access and quality of early care and education programs for all families. As policy recommendations they suggest that recent investments to expand effective quality improvement efforts need to be capitalized on; that an infrastructure to support cross-sector sustainable early childhood partnerships be created; and that the educational requirements and professional development of the early care and education workforce be improved.
Mellissa Gordon, HDFS assistant professor, is the 2018 CEHD Dean's Research Award recipient. Her program of research examines the ways in which at-risk families and their communities impact adolescent and young adult developmental outcomes. More specifically, she examines the mechanisms underlying such relations, and explores the complex ways that interactions between these systems (families, communities, and youth) inform youth and young adult outcomes.

Her ultimate goal is to identify protective factors that can mitigate the adverse circumstances that emerge in the lives of ethnoracial minority youth, and to promote meaningful, sustainable, life-long success. Read more.
HDFS assistant professor, Roderick Carey, has been chosen as a PPE (Partnership for Public Education) Fellow. As a fellow he receives grant support and will be conducting a new local project at Newark High School focused on black boys and young men “mattering”.

Roderick will also be a speaker in our Race and Culture Series on March 14th.
Upcoming Dates
  • University offices close December 24th-January 1st
  • January 2nd, offices re-open
  • January 7th, Winter Session begins
  • January 23rd, Graduate Program Open House, 5:00-6:30 p.m., room 007 Willard Hall
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