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Dr. Alan Taylor
MS CDFR Program Director

Education:
Ph.D. Family and Child Development - Virginia Tech University
Graduate Certificate in Gerontology – Virginia Tech University
Certified Family Life Educator – National Council on Family Relations

Research Interests:
Grandparent-Grandchild Relationships, Grandfather Involvement, Family Life Education, Family Aging Issues/Intergenerational Relationship Issues

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Dr. Sharon Ballard
Department of Child Development and Family Relations Chair

Education:
PhD, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Certified Family and Consumer Sciences Educator Certified Family Life Educator

Research Interests:
Family life education for mid-life and older adults, HIV/AIDS and mid-life and older adults, sexuality education and parent-child communication

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  Elizabeth B. Carroll, JD

Education:

JD, Mississippi College School of Law
Certified Family Life Educator


Research Interests:
Family law, management practices of consumers
     
 

Dr. Sandra Lookabaugh

Education:

PhD, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
North Carolina Birth through Kindergarten Teacher Education License


Research Interests:
Children's use of transitional objects, human-animal interactions

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Dr. Natalia Sira

Education:

PhD, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
MD, Uzhhorod State University, Ukraine


Research Interests:
Bio-ecological systemic approach to human development, health and behavior; eating behavior; influence of family and social environment on health and behavior

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Dr. Priti P. Desai

Education:

PhD: Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
MPH, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
MSc, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India
Certified Child Life Specialist


Research Interests:
Psychological needs of hospitalized children, camps for children with heart defects, academic and clinical child life experiences, international perspectives in child development and early intervention services, diversity education.

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Dr. Bernice Dodor


Education:

PhD, Iowa State University, Ames


Research Interests:
Childhood obesity, spirituality, health behaviors, and obesity, parent-child education

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Dr. Bryce Jorgensen

Education:

M.S. Family Resource Management, Virginia Tech University
M.S. Human Development, Virginia Tech University
Ph.D. Human Development/Family Studies, Virginia Tech University


Research Interests:
Family strengths and resilience, family resource management, family finance, spirituality and family stability, and marriage education

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Dr. Eboni J. Baugh

Education:

B.S. Communication Sciences and Disorders
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy
- East Carolina University
Ph.D. Marriage and Family Therapy
- Florida State University


Research Interests:
Parenting and family development, body image issues, grandfamilies, premarital education and enrichment

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Dr. Linda Crane Mitchell

Education:

BSED, MED, Ohio University
PhD, Pennsylvania State University


Research Interests:
Personnel preparation, inclusion, families of children with disabilities, autism/behavior disorders

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Dr. Archana Hegde

Education:

BS, MS College of Homescience Nirmala Niketan, India
PhD, University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Research Interests:
International early childhood care and education, issues related to quality child care, inclusive practices in early childhood classrooms, teacher education and training.

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