Department of Child and Family Development

The SDSU Child and Family Development (CFD) Department’s mission is to prepare anti-racist, anti-bias professionals to address contemporary issues that affect the development, health, and well-being of children, youth, adults, families, and communities. This mission is accomplished through a culturally responsive curriculum with a strong emphasis on social emotional development, social justice, and equity-minded education. The program represents an interdisciplinary field of study with the basic assumption that development takes place across the lifespan in the context of the family, community, and public policy. The Department's emphasis on reducing structural inequities through community-based outreach, prevention, advocacy, innovative research, theory application, and inclusive practices provides CFD students with a strong foundation for training and careers in education, health-related professions, human services, law, academia, and other meaningful fields of work.

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Interim Department Chair: Sascha Longstreth
Department Coordinator: KJ Bobczynski
Front Office Student Assistant: Sequoia Kriss

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Fall 2024 Admissions Now Open

SDSU is now accepting applications for fall 2024. Deadlines differ by program. Please see individual academic program information for details.

New CFD Faculty Publication

Dr. Wendy Ochoa Assistant Professor for the Department of Child and Family Development has a new publication, "Parenting While Latine: Bicultural Socialization Values and Practices in Support of Preschool Children’s Well-being" was published in the Journal of Child and Family Studies.

Findings from this study showed that Latine Spanish and English-speaking parents of preschool-age children viewed their children’s bicultural socialization as critical to supporting their development and wellbeing. Parents aimed to raise bicultural children by fostering their children's bilingualism and transmitting heritage and US values. Importantly, these findings highlight that low-income, Latine parents have clear developmental goals for their children and take an active role in meeting these goals, even when they are discriminated against for holding on to their heritage culture and language.

The Department Chair position is open and accepting applications

Our Child and Family Development Department is currently seeking to fill a department chair position. San Diego State University is seeking excellent scholars and teachers who will transform their fields and who share our campus commitment to diversity and inclusion. Must be associate or full professors and who:

  • Possess effective leadership skills to foster a positive climate with an emphasis on shared governance within a culturally diverse department, college, university, and community.
  • Have a record of commitment and action to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.
  • Dedication to and experience with developing and supporting an anti-bias and anti-racist environment.
  • Research, teaching, and scholarly experience working with communities from various cultural and linguistic lived experiences.

Please see attached document for more information about this position.

Application deadline is February 2, 2024.

CFD Faculty Member Will Serve on Editorial Board

Dr. Jianmin Shao is invited to serve on the editorial board of Psychology of Women Quarterly (PWQ), a highly regarded feminist psychology journal. Based on 5-year Impact Factor (IF = 5.1), PWQ is ranked #1 out of 44 journals in the Women’s Studies category and 23 out of 147 (16th percentile) journals in the Psychology, Multidisciplinary category (Journal Citation Reports®, Web of Science Data, 2022)

Jianmin Shao

Jianmin Shao, M.A.
Pronouns: they/them/theirs
Ph.D. Candidate, Psychological Science
Graduate Feminist Emphasis, Gender & Sexuality Studies
University of California, Irvine


"I Love My Hair," by Dr. Idara Essien and Dr. Luke Wood

We are celebrating this work in light of the recent passing in Congress of The Crown Act. 

CFD Students and Faculty Mentors Shine at the 2022 Student Research Symposium

Two San Diego State University CFD-affiliated students won awards for outstanding scholarly accomplishment at the university’s 15th annual Student Research Symposium (SRS).

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