Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) - George Mason University
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Human Development and Family Science Faculty

The Human Development and Family Science program has a strong faculty who conduct cutting-edge research in areas that further our understanding of individual, family, interpersonal, and cultural processes.

HDFS students: all faculty members are interested in mentoring you. Please contact them.


Affiliated Faculty

Established Adjunct Faculty

Jamie Gentille, MPH, CCLS

Jamie Gentille received her BS in Biobehavioral Health from Penn State University and her Masters in Public Health from Walden University. She also completed a Child Life internship at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth and became a Certified Child Life Specialist in 2002. She is currently Director of Child Life Services at Inova Children’s Hospital, where she has worked since 2002. Jamie is also an adjunct professor at George Mason University. Jamie also serves as an Ambassador for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. She has published a memoir, Surviving HIV: Growing Up a Secret and Being Positive, and is an accomplished speaker on the topic. Jamie lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and beloved dog, Lucy.

Diana Yacob, MS

Diana Yacob teaches the Family Financial Literacy and Resource Management course within the department of Human Development and Family studies at George Mason University. Her research interests are in behavioral finances. Diana holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science in Family Studies and Human services with a concentration in Personal Financial Planning from Kansas State University.

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