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Erin Yelland

Erin Yelland

Assistant Professor/Extension Specialist

Contact Information

317 Justin Hall


  • Ph.D. in Family Sciences, University of Kentucky (2015)
  • Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, University of Kentucky (2012)
  • B.S. in Youth, Adult and Family Services, Purdue University (2010)

Credentials and/or Certifications

  • Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE)

Areas of Specialization

  • Health and wellness across the lifespan
  • Advance healthcare planning
  • Alzheimer's disease and dementia
  • Elder abuse
  • Adult sexual development

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavors

As an Extension specialist, much of Erin's research, scholarship, and creative endeavors focuses on the development, implementation, and evaluation of Extension programming. Additionally, she collaborates with gerontologists in Kansas State University's Center on Aging to further understand sexual expression among older adults with dementia.  

Professional Biography

Dr. Yelland is an assistant professor and Extension specialist in adult development and aging in the School of Family Studies and Human Services in the College of Human Ecology at Kansas State University. Yelland has a bachelor's degree in youth, adult and family services from Purdue University and a doctorate in family science from the University of Kentucky. She is a Certified Family Life Educator and holds a graduate certificate in gerontology, also from the University of Kentucky. Throughout her academic career, Erin has focused on various social aspects of aging, including health and wellness across the lifespan, brain health, sexual health, embracing aging, and advance healthcare planning. Working with K-State Research and Extension provides Erin the exciting opportunity to translate cutting edge research into helpful community programming and change-oriented initiatives aimed at enriching the lives of older Kansans.

Personal Information

Dr. Yelland is proud to be a part of a forward-moving institution and enjoys living in the beautiful state of Kansas. When not on campus, she and her husband, Jerad, are busy raising their three terrific children, Bentley, Harper, and Clara in "The Little Apple."

Vita (pdf)