Research Units

Students must complete a research contract in order to obtain HDE 099/199 and 190C units. Contracts can be found here or in one of the wooden file holders outside our office. Please be aware that only HDE 199 will apply towards Restricted Elective units (Max of 5 units). 

All completed contracts (signed by Faculty Sponsor/Principal Investigator: PI) must be returned to Jana Krezo  via email or in 1302 Hart Hall during the following office hours: Monday-Friday 8:00-9:00A & 1:00-2:00P.

  • Department deadline for Fall, Winter, Spring: 10th day of instruction
  • Deadline for Summer Sessions I & II: Last day to add

Required Hours = Units
30 hours = 1 unit
60 hours = 2 units
90 hours = 3 units
120 hours = 4 units

HDE Faculty Research

Belsky, Jay - Professor. BA, Vassar College; MS, Cornell University; PhD, Cornell University.
Teaching: Early childhood development and family studies; Transition to parenthood; The etiology of child maltreatment and the evolutionary basis of parent and child functioning.
Research: focuses upon fathers as well as mothers, marriages as well as parent-child relations, and naturalistic home observations of family interaction patterns. Current research interests include Social-Emotional, Family, and Biological studies.

Chen, Zhe - Professor and Child Psychologist (E.S.). BA, South China University; MS, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Teaching: Early childhood development; Cognitive development; Culture and children's thinking.
Research: Focuses on children's thinking and learning processes. Current research interests include three interrelated lines of inquiry: analogical problem solving; scientific reasoning; and micro genetic analyses of strategy acquisition.

Choe, Daniel Assistant Professor. BA, San Diego State University; MS & PhD, University of Michigan.
Research: Development of self-regulation during childhood, its complex associations with parents' mental health and caregiving, and their contributions to the onset of psychopathology; the role of gene–environment interactions and transactional family processes in the development of antisocial behavior.

Falbe, Jennifer - Assistant Professor. BA, Public Health & MPH, Public Health Nutrition, University of California/Berkeley; ScD, Nutrition & ScD, Epidemiology (dual degree), Harvard University.
Research: focuses on studying programmatic, policy, and environmental interventions to prevent chronic disease and reduce health disparities. Current research interests include Culture/Neighborhood/Society, Healthy Retail, Intervention Research, Media, Nutrition, Obesity, Food Policy, Prevention Research, School, Sleep.

Guyer, Amanda - Professor. M.Phil., MA, & PhD, Yale University.
Teaching: Middle childhood and adolescence, Developmental neuroscience and adolescent Psychopathology.
Research: Behavioral and neural function in typical and atypical development, developmental psychopathology, mood and anxiety disorders, behavioral inhibition, social-emotional cue processing, interplay between fear and reward response systems.

Hibel, Leah - Associate Professor. BS, John Hopkins University; PhD, Penn State University.
Teaching: Early Childhood Development.
Research: mother-child relationships and physiological regulation; family stress/parenting stress and stress physiology; the transaction among family stress, family relationships, and stress physiology; lactation physiology.

Huo, Meng - Assistant Professor. BS, Beijing Normal University; PhD, The University of Texas, Austin.
Teaching: Adult Development and Aging; Social Aspects of Aging; Research Methods.

Research: Empathy and altruism in later life; effects of helping behaviors (e.g., informal helping, volunteering) on older adults’ social relationships and well-being; mutual support in caregiving dyads.

Liu, Siwei - Associate Professor. BS, Fudan University; MS, MAS, The Pennsylvania State University; PhD, The Pennsylvania State University.
Research: Longitudinal data analysis; family research methods; multilevel models; structural equation modeling; time series analysis; dynamic models.

Miller, Lisa S. - Professor, Director of Adult Development Lab, Vice Chair. BA, Clark University; PhD, University of New Hampshire.
Teaching: Adult Development and Aging; Cognitive Aspects of Aging; Midlife Development.
Research: Effects of age and knowledge on cognitive processes; changes in language processing in late life; effects of motivation on cognition; age-related changes in control beliefs.

Nishina, Adrienne - Associate Professor. BA, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles.
Teaching: Psychological Assessment, Research Methods.
Research: Adolescent mental health; peer relations and peer victimization; ethnicity/contextual moderators; school-based preventions and interventions; psychosocial adjustment and academic functioning; methodological issues.

Ober, Beth A. - Professor, and Developmental Psychologist (E.S.). PhD, University of California, Berkeley.
Teaching: Adulthood; Research issues in human development.
Research: Memory and language processes in normal and abnormal aging; brain-cognition relationships in normal and abnormal aging. Alzheimer's disease. Cognitive neuroscience.

Ontai, Lenna - Specialist in Cooperative Extension. PhD, University of Nebraska.
Research: Early socialization processes between parents and young children; factors that affect parents' socialization efforts, i.e., income and cultural background, parenting, early social development and child care.

Smith, Martin - Associate Specialist in Cooperative Extension.
Research: curriculum development, educator professional development, communities of practice, lesson study, non-formal science education, inquiry-based learning, experiential learning, bio-security education, environmental education.

Swartz, Johnna - Assistant Professor. PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Research: identifying genetic and brain markers that predict psychological functioning, including the development of mood and anxiety symptoms, in adolescents and young adults; environmental factors, such as stress, that moderate these associations to determine the environmental contexts that increase or mitigate risk.

Trzesniewski, Kali - Specialist in Cooperative Extension; Associate Director of Research for the Statewide 4-H Youth Development Program, Psychologist. Ph.D., University of California, Davis.
Research: personality and social factors and their affect on a person’s developmental course from conception to death, how to raise children to grow up to be healthy, productive members of society; including, finding supportive relationships and having a family, supporting themselves and their family, and not bringing harm to others; developmental origins, developmental course, and interrelations among self-esteem, achievement, and antisocial behavior.