May 24, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Applied Human Sciences

301 Justin Hall
Fax: 785-532-5505

Department Head:

Sonya Lutter

Graduate Faculty:

Kristin Anders, Ph.D., University of Tennessee
*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
*Mary F. DeLuccie, 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
Carrie Fratacelli, M.S., Kansas 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
Melanie Hilgers, M.S, Fort Hays State University
*Elaine M. Johannes, Ph.D., Kansas State University
Emily Johnson, M.A., University of Kansas
Marcie Lechtenberg, Ph.D., Kansas State University
Brett Mallon, Ph.D., University of Manitoba, Canada
*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
Jeridy Oetken, SLP.D., Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
*Kristin Pelczarski, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
*Rick J. Scheidt, Ph.D., University of Nebraska
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 Polytechnic Institute and State University
*Erin Yelland, Ph.D., University of Kentucky

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

Graduate Faculty Associates:

Paul Busk, M.S., Kansas State University
Janet Crow, Ph.D., Kansas State University
Marcia Dvorak, Ph.D., University of Kansas
Terrie McCants, M.S., Southeastern University
Chelsea Spencer, Ph.D., Kansas State University


The department of Applied Human Sciences 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, health specialists and gerontologists, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, speech language pathologists, and audiologists.

Extensive research and professional practice opportunities are provided through multiple centers. The Family Center, Center for Child Development, Speech and Hearing Center, and Riley-Geary Counties Domestic Mediation Services. Opportunities are also available through the university-wide Center on Aging.

The department 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, couple and family therapy, early childhood education, family and community services, life span human development, and youth development. The department offers the following specializations leading to the Ph.D. degree in human ecology: applied family science, couple and family therapy and life span human development. Also available in the department are certificates in conflict resolution and human services administration.

Distance education and certificate programs

The department 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 nine 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.


    ConcurrentDoctor of Philosophy Emphasis Area(s)Master of ScienceMaster of Science Emphasis Area(s)Graduate Certificate