Human Development and Family Studies Faculty

Human Development and Family Studies Faculty

 Melissa Labuda

Melissa Labuda, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor in HDFS
Office: Dawson Bldg., Room 205
Phone: 570-963-2608
Email: mal151@psu.edu
Discipline Focus: Research in courtship, love and marriage; embitterment and locus of control and the role and faith as a protective factor in soldiers' wives; lived experience of students entering college with academic deficits.

 
 Janet Melnick

Janet Melnick, Ph.D.
Associate Teaching Professor in HDFS
Office: Dawson Bldg, Room 111B
Phone: 570-963-2674
Email: jam81@psu.edu
Discipline Focus: Research in geriatric issues, services and dementia care and caregiving issues; field (internship): the transmission of knowledge from experienced practitioner to novice and pedagogical development.

 
 Laura Nathans

Laura Nathans, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of HDFS
Office: Dawson Bldg, Room 201
Phone: 570-963-2547
Email: lln12@psu.edu
Discipline Focus: Research in the efficacy of home visiting interventions for young children and how home visitor characteristics affect program implementation; parent involvement in children's education.

 
 Parminder Parmar

Parminder Parmar, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of HDFS
Office: Dawson Bldg., Room 111
Phone: 570-963-2530
Email: prp104@psu.edu
Discipline Focus: Research in early childhood development, child rearing practices; importance of play and learning; parent's cultural beliefs relative to development; parenting  across cultures in the development across Lifespan.

 
  Raymond Petren

Raymond Petren, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of HDFS
Office: Dawson Bldg., Room 205
Phone: 570-963-2575
Email: rep17@psu.edu
Discipline Focus: Father involvement, parenting, co-parenting relationships across family structures and transitions, unmarried parents, divorce, stepfamilies, multiple partner families.