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, maternal child health, and caregiving; and second, through projects hosted through the School of Human Ecology’s Center for Financial Security.
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
Dr. Zoua M. Vang
Extension Specialist, Health and Well-Being Institute
Meta Schroeder Beckner Outreach Professor; Professor, Civil Society and Community Studies
Areas of expertise: maternal child health, immigrant health; Indigenous perinatal heath & wellness; cultural safety; community-based participatory research