Human Development Center

The Human Development Center is located in the School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences (Room 111 Nixson Hall) and has the overall mission of fostering interdisciplinary research and education in the areas of lifespan human development and family studies, with a particular emphasis on adult development and aging. To achieve this mission, specific research and instructional activities include:

  • Rendering consultation and support for proposal development and grant writing.
  • Providing faculty and students with laboratory space and equipment to conduct research.
  • Assisting faculty and students with issues pertaining to research design, data collection and statistical analyses.
  • Establishing a collection of materials to facilitate research and instruction (e.g., journals, handbooks, test & measurement inventories).
  • Sponsoring workshops, conferences, and a distinguished lecture series in adult development and aging.

The Center currently houses research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, offices for Graduate Student Assistants in Human Development and Family Studies, and the Graduate Certificate Program in Gerontology (offered jointly with the University of Akron).

For additional information contact:

Dr. Greg Smith
Human Development and Family Science
Kent State University

International Institute for Human Service Workforce Research and Development (IIHSWRD)

The International Institute for Human Service Workforce Research and Development (IIHSWRD) strives to promote the development of competent and caring human service professionals through research, collaboration and knowledge sharing on human service workforce issues. IIHSWRD has an international advisory board to provide guidance to the Institute regarding critical human service workforce issues such as personnel recruitment, selection and retention, training, transfer of learning, and assessment of workforce interventions.