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College of Health and Human Sciences names new associate dean for Research and Graduate Programs

July 12, 2013

Lise Youngblade will direct and facilitate research and graduate education while retaining her position as professor and head of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.

Lise YoungbladeA respected researcher and administrator in CSU's Department of Human Development and Family Studies is taking on a new leadership role. Lise Youngblade will be using her expertise as an applied developmental scientist to direct and facilitate research and graduate education in the College of Health and Human Sciences.

On July 1, Youngblade assumed the role of associate dean for research and graduate programs while retaining her position as professor and head of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. Youngblade will split her time between the department and the college.

In her new role, she will draw on an outstanding research and publication record, with more than 50 peer-reviewed publications, more than 100 conference presentations, and involvement in $19 million of grant funding.

Youngblade takes over from Pat Kendall, who retired after 39 years as a professor of nutrition at CSU, including four years as associate dean for research in the college.

Building research a priority

Youngblade joined CSU as head of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in 2006. Her top priority has been building the department's research infrastructure, visibility, and reputation. Under her leadership, the department created a new Ph.D. program in Applied Developmental Science in 2009 that now has 13 doctoral students, with the first three students having graduated in the spring of 2013. During her tenure, the department has increased annual research expenditures from $100,000 to over $1 million, and has hired seven new tenure-track faculty members, increasing faculty from 13 to 17.

"Lise Youngblade is highly committed to supporting faculty to reach goals of research excellence, and she spends a great deal of time and energy on faculty mentorship," said Jeff McCubbin, dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences. "I look forward to having her experience and expertise to lead our research efforts at the College level." 

In addition to hiring new outstanding faculty and the creation of a departmental infrastructure that focuses on and promotes research, Youngblade has facilitated upgrades in multiple facilities. Under her leadership, the department moved into the newly constructed Behavioral Sciences Building in a unique arrangement with the Department of Psychology meant to facilitate collaborations between these two related disciplines.

Commitment to excellence

Youngblade's leadership also led to the expansion of the Early Childhood Center, which involved moving into the renovated Washington School Building, which CSU purchased from the Poudre School District. The move resulted in a beautiful center housing children ages six months to six years that provides a teaching, research and service hub benefitting students, faculty and the Fort Collins community.

"I am committed to excellence and providing the support and inspiration to achieve it," Youngblade said. "I look forward to the opportunity to work together with the faculty and the College leadership to build from strength and move upward."

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies is part of the College of Health and Human Sciences at Colorado State University.


Contact: Gretchen Gerding
E-mail: Gretchen.Gerding@Colostate.edu
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