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Prospective Graduate Students

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Colorado State University provides an excellent environment in which to pursue graduate work. Students can earn a PhD in Applied Developmental Science, and focus their studies in family relationships and/or adolescent development. Note that students can enter this program with either a completed Master’s degree or a completed Bachelor’s degree. Students entering with their Bachelor’s will be required to first complete a Master’s in Human Development and Family Studies before moving on to the requirement for the PhD in Applied Developmental Science.

Students can also pursue a Master's in Prevention Science or in Marriage and Family Therapy.

If you are interested in applying to work with Dr. Lucas-Thompson as a graduate student, please contact her directly at

Undergraduate Research Assistants

We are always looking for motivated and interested research assistants! If you are interested in joining the lab, learning the procedures, working with families from the community, and/or gaining experience with graduate school, email Dr. Lucas-Thompson ( with information about your interests and experience.