Greetings! This is an exciting time to study families. Our discipline is receiving an extraordinary amount of attention as our nation strives to develop programs and policies that will help families improve their health, financial security, and quality of life.

Many wonderful opportunities are available to students in our dynamic department. Our faculty are superior teachers and mentors who conduct cutting-edge research on family issues. Our undergraduate program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum, excellent internships, and a chance to collaborate with faculty and students on applied research. The Department’s Couple and Family Therapy program is ranked among the very best in the nation, and our Ph.D. program is producing highly skilled scholars, teachers, and policy  analysts who are in great demand. Our new Ph.D. in Maternal and Child Health offers a unique focus on the whole family system and family health policy.

Our bright, imaginative, engaged students are busy creating change within our university, nearby communities, the state, and the nation. Many have won national research fellowships, scholarly awards, and campus recognition. Our graduates are experts and innovators  who are solving family problems through their work in government, non-profit agencies, and the private sector.

Our Department has two unique advantages: its diversity and its location. We are proud of the rich ethnic and gender diversity of our faculty, staff, and students. The Department is a leader of campus diversity initiatives. Our close proximity to Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and the state capital of Annapolis offers unparalleled opportunities for internships in government agencies, research laboratories, think tanks, corporate offices, the military services, and leading national child/family organizations.

Our website provides a window to our programs, faculty, students, research, outreach, events, and news. We hope you will find the information you need and join our efforts to advance family science and family well-being.

Elaine A. Anderson
Chair, Family Science
eanders@umd.edu