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As a recent graduate, hear about Luis’ experience and opportunities within the HDGG program as well as the larger Davis community.
As a recent graduate, Lionor shares her path to pursuing her Master’s degree and experience within the HDGG program and community.

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What is unique about the study of Human Development?

The field of human development focuses on understanding how individuals grow, learn, and adapt throughout their lives, with an emphasis on developmental change in multiple domains (biological, cognitive, emotional, physical, social) and within different contexts (peers, family, school, community, health & nutrition, policies & programs).

Amanda Guyer
HDGG Chair - Amanda Guyer

It is a fascinating and thrilling time to work in human developmental science. Exciting new theories and perspectives are positioning the field to ask new questions about human development, and to return to perennial questions with fresh approaches. Innovative technologies and methodologies are now available for studying developmental processes and contexts at multiple levels of analysis, in real world or laboratory settings, and in micro or macro units of time. Our own faculty draw on these approaches to study brain function and structure; family, peer, and marriage processes; factors related to aging; diversity and cross-national issues; identity and belonging; mental health; nutrition; and many other topics; as well as to develop new methods for studying change over time.


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After years as a school administrator and teaching at the community college level, Elizabeth returned to further her education. Hear about her research and experience in the Ph.D. program


Listen to Elisa’s experience regarding academic and support services offered to international students, as well as the community within HDGG.

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