Brenda Lohman, professor and director of graduate education while in the Iowa State University Department of Human Development and Family Studies, will serve when the associate dean for research and graduate education in Iowa State’s College of Human Sciences, effective Oct. 1.
“Dr. Lohman brings strong leadership as director of graduate studies and rich experience on multidisciplinary research teams,” said Laura Jolly, dean and Dean’s Chair of the College of Human Sciences. “She provides a adoration for graduate education and research we enjoy working together with her to increase research and graduate education from the college.”
Lohman ‘s best noted for research from the regions of adolescent health and family policy, especially underrepresented youth and families who?are economically disadvantaged. She studies the predictors and consequences of adolescent obesity, explores adolescent romantic relationships and sexuality, and identifies predictors of academic or educational outcomes.
Her studies have been funded by way of the National Institute of Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in addition to by private foundations. In 2004, the Society for Research on Adolescence recognized Lohman with a Social Policy Publication Award for the best journal article in the field. She received the Outstanding Professional Paper Award from the National Council on Family Relationship’s Families and Health Section, last year.? In 2014, she accepted the Mid-Career Achievement in Research Award in the Iowa State University College of Human Sciences.
As public policy chair within the National Council to see relatives Relations, Lohman works to improve people’s lives by informing public policy for the national level. She also co-chairs the International Young Scholars Program with the Society for Research on Adolescence, which attracts together emerging scholars to have interaction with senior research leaders from across the globe.
Her teaching specializes in helping the academic, physical, and sexual health of America’s youth.
She joined the Iowa State University faculty in August 2003 and was promoted to professor in July 2016. She has served as director of graduate education in human development and family studies since January 2011. She also directs six graduate certificate programs, which she helped develop to improve comprehension of infant and youth development, research methods, and various families.
Lohman spent some time working using the students, faculty, and administrators in her own home department to raise enrollment within the doctoral program and draw higher caliber students. Over the past six years, our development and family studies department has recruited its?largest cohort of Ph.D. students, increased enrollment of underrepresented graduate students, and reduced any time to degree completion for doctoral students.
While growing the doctoral program on campus, Lohman and her colleagues in human development and family studies also established an on-line master’s degree put in youth development, to raise the means to access graduate programs for Iowans who cannot get to campus. The fresh program complements the department’s previously-established programs that are included with the net family financial planning degree program along with the interdisciplinary master’s and Ph.D. programs in gerontology.
Lohman holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois; a master’s degree in developmental psychology from Illinois State University; along with a Ph.D. in human development and family science through the Ohio State University.
As associate dean for research and graduate education, Lohman succeeds Carla Peterson, who led from July 1, 2008 through July 30, 2017 before time for the faculty when the Nancy Rygg Armbrust Professor in Early Childhood Development and Education.?
When?Lohman assumes leadership, she could provide oversight for research conducted by College of Human Sciences students, faculty, and staff, backed annually by more than $21 million in external funding. Looking to improve lives, human scientists target their study to transfer health and wellness, education and human development, science and technology, and community and entrepreneurship.
Lohman said she could make an effort to inspire continued academic excellence through recruitment, mentoring, and encouragement of most students, faculty, and all of the employees – and pledged to develop and retain the college’s persistence for inclusion and diversity.
“I am honored to serve as the associate dean for research and graduate education,” Lohman said. “I enjoy working together with students, faculty, staff, and alumni to stay to create upon the college’s preeminent reputation in research and graduate education.”