Human Development and Family Studies Faculty

Jacinta Brennan
Jacinta Brennan

Ms. Jacinta Brennan

206 Human Ecology
(607) 436-2389

Educational Background:

MSW Columbia University New York, NY

B.S. Oberlin College Oberlin, Ohio

Courses Taught:

  • FAMS 205 3 credits Marriage and Family Relationship
  • FAMS 266 3 credits Adulthood in Families
  • FAMS 363 3 credits Professional Practice in Child and Family Studies
  • HUEC 397 3-15 credits Internships for Child and Family Studies


I am a licensed clinical social worker with 30 years experience working with children, adolescents and adults in foster care, a group home, outpatient clinics, schools and private practice.

Hobbies and other interests:

Hiking, biking, swimming, sailing, gardening, reading, cooking, art and traveling to name a few.

Jack Day
Jack Day

Dr. Jack Day

Assistant Professor
205E Human Ecology
(607) 436-2076

Human Ecology
205E Human Ecology Building
(607) 436-2076

Educational Background

  • B.S., Psychology, University of California Santa Cruz
  • M.S., Human Development and Family Studies, Oregon State University
  • Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, Oregon State University


  • LGBTQ-focused school policies and programs
  • School discipline
  • School climate
  • Social-ecological factors related to healthy youth development

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for Research on Adolescence
  • Society for Research on Child Development
  • National Council of Family Relations

Research Interests

My area of research focuses on how structural factors, including LGBTQ-focused policies and programs in schools, relates to the health and well being of youth, especially in consideration of intersecting sexual, gender, and racial/ethnic identities.

Hobbies and other interests

I enjoy traveling and exploring new areas, and spending time outdoors hiking, skiing, and kayaking. Most often, I am spending time with my family, and watching a wide range of movies (I have an enduring appreciation of film, as I was once a film major early in my college years).

Karen Joest
Karen Joest

Dr. Karen Joest

118B Human Ecology
(607) 436-2063

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Blacksburg, VA
  • M.S. Chaminade University, Honolulu, HI
  • B.S. Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN
Courses Taught
Course# Credits Title
FAMS 160 3 The Family In Perspective
FAMS 360 3 Family in Home and Community
FAMS 361 3 American Families in Poverty
CHLD 277 3 Children in Crisis
CHLD 373 3 Seminar in Child Development


  • Working with at-risk youth
  • Sexual abuse and trauma
  • Family studies
  • Feminism and family studies

Honors and Awards

  • Member: National Council on Family Relations
  • Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program, “Student Achievement and Workforce Development in Disadvantaged Populations, South Africa.”

Research Interests

  • Impact of domestic violence on youth
  • Use of Poetry in qualitative research
  • Diversity in higher education

Hobbies and Other Interests

  • Golfing
  • Traveling
Patricia Levis
Patricia Levis

Ms. Patricia Levis

Adjunct Instructor
206 Human Ecology
(607) 436-2033

Educational Background

  • M.S., Education, State University of New York College at Oneonta
  • B.S., Elementary Education, State University of New York College at Oneonta
Course Taught
Course# Credits Title
CHLD376 3 Infant/Toddler Education


  • Children/families living in poverty
  • Disabilities services for young children
  • Managing challenging behavior in young children

Honors and Awards

  • Phi Upsilon Omicron Nu National Honor Society in Home Economics
  • Member: National Council on Family Relations
  • Member: National Association for Education of Young Children


  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • National Head Start Association
  • New York State Teacher Certification, N, K, grades 1-6.
  • Certified Professional Development Specialist for the Council for Professional Development, Washington, DC

Hobbies and Other Interests

  • Gardening
  • Cooking
  • Travel
  • Fitness
Dorothy Rombo
Dorothy Rombo

Dr. Dorothy Rombo

Associate Professor
118A Human Ecology
(607) 436-2824

Educational background:

  • Ph.D Family Social Science, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • M.Ed. Educational technology and communication, Kenyatta University, Nairobi
  • B.Ed Home Economics, Kenyatta University Nairobi

Research interests
Research interest is on the well being of vulnerable populations especially women, children and recent immigrants especially from Africa. With roots in Kenya international families have also remained central area of study. I prefer to use the two theories in research: Human Ecological model and family strength perspective. I have participated in a series of global family strength research on various topics such as marriage, domestic violence, sexual violence, death and bereavement.


  • FAMS 160 Family Perspective
  • CHLD 274 Adolescents in Families
  • FAMS 340 Family Policy
  • HUEC 294 Special Topic Understanding Ethnic Minority Families and Working with Refugees

Hobbies and Other Interests

  • Inclusivity in a multicultural World
  • Travelling
  • Reading
  • Spending time with family and friends
  • Zumba
  • Listening to Music
Theresa Russo
Theresa Russo

Dr. Theresa Russo

118D Human Ecology
(607) 436-2450

Educational Background

  • B.S., Psychology, St. Vincent College, Latrobe, Pa.
  • M.A., Human Development, and Child Studies, University of Maryland
  • Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, Kansas State University


  • Certified Family Life Educator
  • Parent Education
  • Military Family Life

Honors and Awards

  • Phi Upsilon Omicron Nu National Honor Society in Home Economics
  • Member: National Council on Family Relations
  • Member: National Association for Education of Young Children

Research Interests

  • Childhood Obesity
  • Impact of Media on Development
  • Parent-Child relationships across the lifecycle
  • Military family life

Hobbies and Other Interests

  • Spending time with my family
  • Antique collecting
  • Quilting and cross-stitch
Brenda Seery
Brenda Seery

Dr. Brenda Seery

Assistant Professor
118C Human Ecology
(607) 436-2072

Ms. Connie Jones

Ms. Connie Jones

Secretary I
100 Human Ecology
(607) 436-2705

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