Department programs focus on the development and well-being
of families and their individual members, and the solution of
family problems, through education, research, and public service.
Social and human service jobs are projected to rank among the
most rapidly growing fields during the next decade. The national
focus on the welfare of families, children, and the elderly
have created many new job opportunities.
The Department has a Bachelor of Science program in Family
Science with almost 400 students; a Master of Science program in Couple
and Family Therapy with 20 students;a Ph.D. program in
Family Science with 25 students; and a Ph.D. Program in Maternal and Child Health with 8 students.
In the last year, our 13 tenured/tenure-track faculty members
published 54 journal articles, book chapters, and other written
works, and directed grants totaling $9.2 million.
Our Center for Healthy Families provides couple and family therapy
to more than 500 families every year.
Our Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) program is ranked among
the top 3 programs of its kind in the nation; it is accredited
by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Our faculty's research regularly appears in national publications
such as The Washington Post, TheNew York Times,
Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times,
Time, Newsday, Ladies Home Journal, and Redbook.
Family Science was named the Outstanding Academic
Unit by the University of Maryland President's Commission on
Ethnic Minority Issues in 2004, 1997, and 1992.
In recent years, Family Science doctoral students have received awards
for their research, teaching, and internship work from the National
Council on Family Relations.
The Department's 3 Cooperative Extension faculty members annually
provide education and consultation on childcare, financial planning,
and food/nutrition to more than 20,000 Maryland families.
The Department has 3 National Council on Family Relations Fellows:
Dr. Elaine Anderson, Dr. Leigh Leslie, and Dr. Roger Rubin.
Dr. Norman Epstein is a fellow of the American Psychological
Association, in the divisions of Family Psychology and Psychotherapy,
as well as a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.