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Extension

The University of Wisconsin–Madison Division of Extension and the School of Human Ecology have a long history of collaboration. Our shared work centers on a mission both to extend the benefits of the university’s research and activities throughout the state and also to honor the community knowledge from across Wisconsin to inform the research undertaken at the university.

Specifically, the Extension–Human Ecology partnership manifests in two main ways: first, through the work of several “integrated specialists”—tenure-track faculty and academic staff with expertise in family health, food security, financial well-being, and caregiving; and second, through projects hosted through the School of Human Ecology’s Center for Financial Security.

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Dr. Judi Bartfeld

Extension Specialist,
Health and Well-Being Institute

Meta Schroeder Beckner Outreach Professor, Consumer Science

Areas of expertise: food security research and policy

Integrated specialists

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Dr. J. Michael Collins

Extension Specialist, Human Development and Relationships Institute and Health and Well-Being Institute
Fetzer Family Chair in Consumer and Personal Finance; Professor, Consumer Science and Public Affairs
Areas of expertise: financial security research and policy

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Dr. Larissa Duncan

Dr. Larissa Duncan

Extension Specialist, Health and Well-Being Institute and Human Development and Relationships Institute
Elizabeth C. Davies Chair in Child and Family Well-Being; Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
Areas of expertise: healthy minds, children and families; health equity; mindfulness, stress and coping; mindful parenting

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Margaret Burkhart Kerr

Dr. Margaret Kerr

Extension Specialist, Human Development and Relationships Institute
Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
Areas of expertise: Parenting and parents’ well-being

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Dr. Kristin Litzelman

Extension Specialist, Human Development and Relationships Institute and Health and Well-Being Institute

Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
Areas of expertise: Family caregiver and families across the life course

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Dr. Robert Nix

Extension Specialist, Human Development and Relationships Institute
Audrey Rothermel-Bascom Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
Areas of expertise: Parenting and children’s social-emotional development

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Peggy Olive, MSW

Extension Specialist, Human Development and Relationships Institute
Areas of expertise: Financial capability and financial coaching

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