Family, Consumer, and Human Development
Caine College of the Arts and the Leverhulme Trust…
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Meet behind the Courthouse in Loa, Ut. We will be…
New Student Orientation for new incoming students and…
Susan Robinson, masters student of Jon Takemoto, will…
Ph.D., Associate Professor, Extension Specialist
Location: FCHD West 104
Office Phone: 797-8183
PhD - University of Minnesota, Education (Emphasis on Family Education)
MS - University of Nebraska, Human Development and the Family
BS - University of Minnesota, Social Work
My professional experience includes social work and education in inner-city communities and college and university teaching and research. Although I grew up on a farm in rural Minnesota, most of my work experiences have been with diverse populations including people in prison, gang members, street kids, people from diverse cultures, and low-income populations. I have been at Utah State University for eight years and am most interested in providing academic research and knowledge to the population throughout the state of Utah.
Courses taught include: adult education; balancing work and family; HIV/AIDS education; adolescent development; child development; marriage and family; human sexuality; family resource management; cultural diversity; and family life education. Most recently I have been teaching a graduate level course about culturally diverse families.
Research Interests and Publications
I am a qualitative researcher who tends to focus on the strengths of individuals and families and my past research interests and publication areas include transcending traumatic childhoods; family crises resulting from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome; grief and loss; diversity; and values in family education.
Current and future research and publication interests include understanding components of strong marriages and families in diverse communities including Latino, Navajo, and African American cultures. I have recently chaired graduate student projects focusing on African American couples with great marriages.