College of Education and Human Development

Family Social Science


Welcome to the Family Social Science News page. Here, you will discover articles, press releases, and announcements highlighting the significant strides made by our faculty, students, and staff. From cutting-edge research findings that shed light on critical societal issues to exciting events and community engagements, we celebrate the continuous growth and accomplishments of our dedicated and vibrant academic community.

FSOS associate professor’s paper wins multiple awards


Virginia Solis Zuiker, associate professor and AFC supervising faculty in Family Social Science, is a co-author of a paper that has been named” Best Paper in Personal Finance and Consumer Economics” for the Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal (FCSRJ) for 2022. It was also selected as the FCSRJ Outstanding Paper for 2022.

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Alumni appointed to state board

dr damir utrzan

Damir Utržan has been appointed to a four-year term on the State Advisory Council on Mental Health (MH) by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz. He is a 2017 alumni of the Family Social Science PhD specialization in Couple and Family Therapy and is currently Chief Compliance and Strategic Development Officer at Horowitz Health (HH).

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Family Social Science professors awarded grants

sun & weiler

Xiaoran Sun, assistant professor, and Lindsey Weiler, associate professor and Family Social Science Department honors faculty representative, have been awarded grants for research projects. Xiaoran Sun’s research project, “Using Machine Learning and Large-Scale Longitudinal Data to Identify Key Adolescent Social Determinants of Educational Attainment in White, Black, and Latinx Adults,” has been awarded a $50,000...

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