Department of Child and Family Development

The Department of Child and Family Development (CFD) is a highly integrated academic unit within the College of Education. The Department offers a B.S. in Child Development in Applied Arts and Sciences, a Master of Science degree in Child Development, and a graduate certificate (EC-TEaMH) in early childhood mental health. In addition, the department offers a Master of Science in Child Development with a specialization in Early Childhood Mental Health that meets licensure requirements for students wishing to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).

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

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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

New CFD Faculty Member Jianmin Shao Studies LGBTQ+ Youth and Mental Health

Jianmin Shao is a developmental psychologist and feminist ethnographer who studies identity development and mental health among LGBTQ+ youth and young adults, with critical attention to culture and intersectionality. Bringing together psychology, anthropology, and queer and feminist studies, their research aims to advance our fundamental understandings of gendered and sexed inequities in an era of neoliberal globalization and their consequences for vulnerability, resilience, and politics of belonging. Their work has appeared in the Journal of Counseling Psychology, Psychology & Sexuality, and the Journal of GLBT Family Studies.


Fall 2024 Admissions

SDSU will begin accepting applications for fall 2024 on October 1, 2023. Deadlines differ by program. Please see individual academic program information for details.

"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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