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Family, Consumer, and Human Development


Susan D. Talley

Ph.D., Associate Professor

Email: susan.talley@usu.edu
Location: Snow College
Office Phone: (435) 283.7419

Snow College, West Campus
325 West 100 North
Ephraim UT 84627

Director, Family Impact Seminars for the State of Utah

Courses Taught:

Human Development through the Lifespan
Infancy and Early Childhood
Children in the Middle Years
Adult Development and Aging
Families and Social Policy
Families and Cultural Diversity
Theories of Human Development
Research Methods
Parenting and Child Guidance


B.S., Brigham Young Unviersity; Provo, Utah
M.S., Utah State University; Logan, Utah
Ph.D. The University of Toledo; Toledo, Ohio

Past and Present Research Projects:

Family Impact Seminars (FIS): In December, 2008, Utah was accepted to join the Policy Institute for Family Impact Seminars (PINFIS). The purpose of these seminars is to highlight the need for a family perspective when making legislation that impacts families. The first seminar will be held in January of 2011 during the next legislative session in SLC.

Circles of Care: The Northern Ute Tribe investigates the quality of mental health care for Tribal Children, specifically children who are at risk or who are diagnosed with Severe Emotional Disturbance (SED). We evaluated the family needs of the Northern Ute Tribe and developed a system of care that is culturally appropriate for tribal members.

The Great Self-Mystery: An intervention program for Adolescents that focuses on the child’s strengths. We conducted a pilot study at Vernal Middle School and conducted the actual study at West, Jr. High. Students chose to do something to give back to their School and developed a garden area to beautify their school. They wrote for grant money to pay for new trees to be planted, and worked with the community to build a new basketball court.

Quality of Center-Based Child Care in the Uintah Basin: We developed a training program for rural educators and established a baseline of child care. Within five years when our graduates will begin working in the community, we will replicate the initial study and see if there is any change in the quality of child care in our rural area.

Research Interests

Families and Social Policy, Prosocial Behavior, Attachment, Science of Teaching and Learnng, Early Adolescents, School Age children, school configuration, Cross-Cultural Research (specifically African American and Native American).