Human Development and Family Sciences
Graduate Student Life
Take a peek into what life as a Texas Tech Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) Graduate Student.
HDFS students share their thoughts on the graduate program, housing, cost-of-living, and their favorite Lubbock Hot Spots.
"The dedication of the HDFS faculty to innovative, interdisciplinary research."
"There is a strong focus on quantitative research as well as qualitative."
"The faculty and graduate students share common goals of promoting future scholars in HDFS, contributing to the body of research, and providing beneficial teaching experiences."
"The emphasis on mentorship and personal growth in a wide variety of domains."
Texas Tech graduate students discuss the Human Development and Family Sciences program.
"The personal support that is provided by the faculty and graduate students."
"The opportunities for research in our department."
"Texas Tech takes care of students, especially international students."
"The graduate school offers a supportive network."
"I decided to attend because of the generous financial support I was awarded."
Texas Tech graduate student Rebecca Oldham shares her experience.
Texas Tech graduate student Phuong Le shares the aspects of his research.
Graduate Student Testimonial
Kareem Al-Khalil (Human Development and Family Sciences Ph.D., 2019; currently postdoctoral research fellow, Mind Research Network, Albuquerque, NM)
"My current work investigates the cognitive, behavioral, and neurobiological effects of alcohol use disorder and hazardous drinking. I have also extensively studied differences in brain structure and functioning between individuals with superior cognitive abilities and those with cognitive difficulties. At TTU, I worked primarily under the mentorship of Dr. O'Boyle, who was my dissertation chair and with Drs. Niehuis, Reifman, and Trejos-Castillo in various interdisciplinary fMRI projects. The HDFS program helped me obtain my current position by providing the opportunities and resources needed to develop my proficiency in neuroimaging analysis, research design, and manuscript writing. It also provided valuable teaching opportunities pivotal to my goal of seeking a tenure-track position."
"I love that Lubbock has a small town feel with amenities of a much larger city."
"I appreciate the community and culture here in Lubbock. The people are friendly and kind."