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Applied Human Sciences
Kansas State University
301 Justin Hall
1324 Lovers Lane
Manhattan, KS 66506-1403


Current Students

Doctoral Students

Shelby AstleShelby Astle

B.S. Family Life, Brigham Young University

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Professional Interests: Human sexuality, parenting, family life education, emerging adulthood

Temporary Advisors: Dr. Michelle Toews and Dr. Kristin Anders

Personal Interests: Corgis, minimalism, intentional living, swimming, travel

"K-State is one of those amazing places where research comes to life to make a real difference in real families."


Danxun Li:

M.A. Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University

Hometown: Shantou, Guangdong Province, China

Professional Interests: Early learning and development under the diverse family context

Temporary Advisors: Dr. Elaine Johannes and Dr. Bradford Wiles

Personal Interests: Cooking, reading, hiking with my family, and Zumba

"I have a deep personal affection for KSU because here is the place where my abroad learning set said.  I enjoy the carefully designed and guided curriculum here.  The faculty are very professional and care and support the development of students.  Here provides me with new horizons and many opportunities for my professional growth.  I love the learning and research community here.  I am looking forward to my future study."

 Morgan RakestrawMorgan Rakestraw

M.S. Sport and Leisure Management, University of Nevada - Las Vegas
B.S., Athletic Training, Kansas State University

Hometown: Bakersfield, California

Professional Interests: Family dynamics in youth sport, empathy in athletic training, parent and family communication in athletic training

Major Professor: Dr. Mindy Markham

Personal Interests: hanging out with my two daughters, Ellis (3) and Beckett (16 months), and wife, Jess; being at home in the country near Rossville, KS with our numerous pets; and traveling

"Don't let anything stop you from pursuing your goals; I am a mother of three girls under 4 and work full-time out of town. My process may not look like everyone else's, but it works for my family and me." 

Renee Wilkins-ClarkRenee Wilkins-Clark

M.S. Family Studies and Human Services with Specialization in Applied Family Science, Kansas State University
B.S. Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University

Hometown: Brownsville, Tennessee

Professional Interests: sibling relationships in the context of adverse childhood experiences and periods of transition, relationships and communication, and sibling relationships during adolescence and young adulthood

Major Professor: Dr. Anthony Ferraro

Personal Interests: creative planning, playing board games, reading, and learning random facts

"The experience that you gain at Kansas State University is like no other. The concept of family is not something that is simply stated, but actively demonstrated." 

Corrie WrightCorrie Wright

M.S. Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University
B.S. Human Services, Washburn University

Hometown: Topeka, Kansas

Professional Interests: Homelessness, Effects of Poverty on Families, Mental Illness in Adults, Housing First

Temporary Advisor: Dr. Elaine Johannes

Personal Interests: Hunting, fishing, camping, playing with my dogs (and kids!)

"I have found the students and staff at K-State to be extremely friendly and helpful.  I get great support from faculty and love K-State Football."


Master's Students

Rebecca BlodgettRebecca Blodgett

B.S. Child Development and Family Relations, University of Maine

Hometown: Parkman, ME

Professional Interests: Universal social welfare, food security, wellbeing across cultures, social policies for livable communities

Temporary Advisor: Dr. Bradford Wiles

"I love the applied nature and flexibility of the program, and I wanted to live somewhere I'd never been before."

Alexis BurnsAlexis Burns

B.S. Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University

Minor: Conflict Analysis and Trauma Studies

Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas

Professional Interests: program and curriculum development, family life education, family policy & advocacy, adolescent development, emerging adulthood, early childhood, and parent education

Personal Interests: Traveling/exploring, crafting, decorating, astrology, being active, being outdoors, and spending time with friends and family

Major Professor: Dr. Elaine Johannes

"The transition from undergrad to a graduate program can be difficult at times with time management and trying to focus on deeper subject matter while juggling other responsibilities and tasks.  However, the AFS faculty and department are extremely dedicated to making sure all of its students are supported and equipped with the right tools to not only succeed in the moment, but to grow and succeed throughout our professional and personal lives.  The faculty make themselves readily available to all students who need help no matter the reason, so I really appreciate their accessibility."

Logan Hayes

Logan Hayes

B.S. Psychology, University of Illinois Springfield

Minor: Sociology

Hometown: Brighton, England

Professional Interests: Family upbringing and trauma of serial offenders in the criminal system

Temporary Advisor: Dr. Elaine Johannes




Adelaide KlutseAdelaide Klutse

B.S.C. Family and Child Studies, University of Ghana, Legon

Hometown: Dzelukope, Volta Region, Ghana

Professional Interests: early childhood development, special education parenting, vulnerable family outcomes, and inclusion education and Extension

Major Professor: Dr. Bradford Wiles





Lati YearginLati Yeargin

B.S. Crime and Delinquency Studies, Emporia State University

Hometown: Topeka, Kansas

Professional Interests: military families and First Generation college students

Temporary Advisors: Dr. Anthony Ferraro and Dr. Elaine Johannes

"I chose K-State to be closer to home again.  I was losing hope in finding the right Master's Program for me, so when I found Applied Family Science it sounded perfect and something I was highly interested in."



Zijun Wu Picture

Zijun Wu

B.S. Atmospheric Sciences, Lanzhou University

M.S., Meterology, Lanzhou University

Hometown: Lanzhou, China

Professional Interests: development and changes in sibling relationships across the lifespan, gender differences in sibling relationships, and family/child screen time

Major Professor: Dr. Mindy Markham

Personal Interests: Reading, watching movies, playing piano, and being together with family, friends, and pets.

"It is a pleasure to study with the wonderful faculty in the Applied Family Science program at Kansas State University. Although I am far from home, I truly believe the time I spend at K-State will be meaningful to my life and future goals."

McKenzie ZimmermannMcKenzie Zimmermann

B.S. Family Studies & Human Services, Kansas State University

Minor: Conflict Analysis and Trauma Studies

Certificate in Conflict Resolution

Hometown: Junction City, Kansas

Professional Interests: Co-parenting, program development, father identity and roles, and father engagement

Major Professor: Dr. Anthony Ferraro