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2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Family Studies and Human Services

303 Justin Hall
Fax: 785-532-5505


Sonya Lutter

Graduate Faculty:

*Jared R. Anderson, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
*Joyce Baptist, Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
*Sonya Britt-Lutter, Ph.D., Texas Tech University
Debra Burnett, Ph.D., Syracuse University
L. Ann Coulson, Ph.D., University of Missouri - Columbia
*Duane Crawford, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
*Mary F. DeLuccie, Ph.D., Kansas State University
*Gayle Doll, Ph.D., Kansas State University
*Jared A. Durtschi, Ph.D., Florida State University
*Bronwyn S. Fees, Ph.D., Iowa State University
Anthony Ferraro, Ph.D., Florida State University
Jennifer Francois, Ph.D., Wichita State University
Jane Garcia, Ph.D., University of South Alabama
Robert G. Garcia, AUD, A.T. Still University
*Briana Goff, Ph.D., Texas Tech University
Charles L. Griffin, MS, Kansas State University
*Stuart Heckman, Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Linda A. Hoag, Ph.D., University of Illinois
*Elaine M. Johannes, Ph.D., Kansas State University
So-Hyun Joo (Adjunct), Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
*D. Elizabeth Kiss, Ph.D., University of Illinois
Brad Klontz (Adjunct), Ph.D., Wright State University
HanNa Lim, Ohio State University
*Maurice MacDonald, Ph.D., University of Michigan
*Melinda Markham, Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia
Kari Morgan, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
*Deborah Norris, Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles
Charlotte Shoup Olsen, Ph.D., Kansas State University
*Kristy L. Pederson-Archuleta, Ph.D., Kansas State University
*Kristin Pelczarski, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Ron Sages, Ph.D., Kansas State University
*Rick J. Scheidt, Ph.D., University of Nebraska
*Walter R. Schumm, Ph.D., Purdue University
*Martin C. Seay, Ph.D., University of Georgia
*Sandra M. Stith, Ph.D., Kansas State University
Maggie Syme, Ph.D., Univeristy of Kansas
David Thompson, Ph.D., Kansas State University
*Michelle Toews, Ph.D., The Ohio State University
*Glade Topham, Ph.D., Texas Tech University
*Amber Vennum, Ph.D., Florida State University
Bradford Wiles, Ph.D., Virginia Tech
Erin Yelland, Ph.D., University of Kentucky

*Denotes graduate faculty that are certified to serve as the major professor for doctoral students.

Graduate Faculty Associates:

Kathleen Behan, Ph.D., Oregon State University
Paul Busk, MS, Kansas State University
Janet Crow, Ph.D., Kansas State University
Marcie Lechtenberg, Ph.D., Kansas State University

Inter-Institutional Faculty:

In conjunction with the Great Plains IDEA, the School of Family Studies and Human Services offers a master’s degree in Family and Community Services. The inter-inter institutional faculty are from Kansas State University, Michigan State University, University of Missouri, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


The School of Family Studies and Human Services is a multidisciplinary unit that provides graduate training for M.S. and Ph.D. students. The professional specializations are addressed to broad issues concerning individuals and families, and the courses are taught by a faculty of educators and economists, health specialists and gerontologists, marriage and family therapists, psychologist, speech language pathologists and audiologists.

Extensive research and professional practice opportunities are provided through multiple centers. The Family Center, Stone House Early Childhood Education Center; Speech and Hearing Center and Riley-Geary Counties Domestic Mediation Services. Opportunities are also available through the university-wide Center on Aging.

The school offers graduate work toward M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in a broad range of the human sciences and human services. The M.S. degree in family studies and human services includes specializations in applied family science, communication sciences and disorders, couples and family therapy, early childhood education, life span human development, and youth development. M.S. degrees in family and community services and personal financial planning are offered. The school offers the following specializations leading to the Ph.D. degree in human ecology: applied family science, couples and family therapy and life span human development, and the school offers a Ph.D degree in personal financial planning.

Distance education and certificate programs

The school collaborates with the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA) to offer the M.S. degree in family studies and human services in the following specializations: family and community services, and youth development. The inter-institutional M.S. programs draw upon the expertise of graduate faculty from seven universities. The programs are taught fully on-line. Students enrolled in the program through Kansas State University will receive their degrees from Kansas State University. Also available through the GPIDEA is a certificate in youth development.

Students completing the personal financial planning M.S. are eligible to sit for the Certified Financial Planner certification examination.


Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy Emphasis Area(s)

Master of Science

Master of Science Emphasis Area(s)

Dual Degree

Graduate Certificate


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