Faculty in HDFS do a wide range of research that addresses family policy, from analyzing the intended and unintended effects of state and federal policies on the lives of individuals, families, and communities to designing interventions that can be adopted by policy makers. Students interested in family policy have the opportunity to work with faculty who study issues such as food assistance programs, welfare reform, violence prevention, early childhood and after-school programs, incarcerated fathers, caregiving for the elderly, long term care policy, retirement policy, and systems to disseminate successful interventions. Many of these research projects are U.S. based, but several faculty are interested in comparative research as well. Several research centers, including the Prevention Research Center, the Population Research Institute, and the Center for Healthy Aging provide stimulating environments and opportunities for students with policy interests. Strong methodological training is essential for policy research. The dual-degree with Demography affords students interested in family policy with a range of methodological training opportunities.
HDFS faculty who study family policy include: