College of Education and Human Development

Family Social Science


Understanding the differences between one's own culture and the cultures of others to effectively connect, teach, and help.

Ronald Asiimwe Ronald Asiimwe

Dr. A has research and clinical experience practicing in the U.S. and in his home country of Uganda.


Sara Axtell Sara Axtell

  • Lecturer and Faculty-at-Large, Cultural Wellness Center
  • she, her, hers
  • 612-625-0252

Axtell is the recipient of a 2023 University of Minnesota Outstanding Community Service Award .

sara axtell

Chalandra Bryant Chalandra Bryant

  • Professor and Pauline Boss Faculty Fellow in Ambiguous Loss
  • 612-625-1900

Bryant joined the UMN faculty in 2020 and currently serves as the FSoS Director of Research.


Chansophal Mak Chansophal Mak

Chansophal Mak (Sophal) is originally from Cambodia. She received her PhD in Human Development and Family Science with emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Georgia in Spring 2023.


Michelle Pasco Michelle Pasco

Michelle Pasco received a PhD in Family and Human Development at Arizona State University and before joining the University of Minnesota was a Postdoctoral Research Scholar working on the Arizona Youth Identity Project.

Michelle Pasco

Kay Simon Kay Simon

Kay A. Simon joins the University of Minnesota following a postdoctoral research fellow appointment at the University of Connecticut (UCONN) working with Drs. Ryan Watson and Lisa Eaton.

Kay Simon

Catherine Solheim Catherine Solheim

Advising statement Dr. Solheim and Dr. Liz Wieling are leading a project that seeks to understand the process of resettlement of newly arriving Karen refugees in Minnesota.

Catherine Solheim

Zha Blong Xiong Zha Blong Xiong

My primary research interests focus on the social and cultural capital that promotes (or hinders) healthy development in children, especially with children of immigrant and refugee families.

Zha Blong Xiong

Virginia Solis Zuiker Virginia Solis Zuiker

  • Associate Professor and AFC Supervising Faculty
  • she/her/ella
  • 612-625-4225

Economic Well-Being of Diverse Families in the United States : This research agenda is designed to understand the economic well-being of diverse families residing in the U.S.

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