Declared HD Majors

Faculty in the Human Development Program encourage our students to seek academic advising early, often, and regularly throughout their tenure as an HD major to ensure they stay on track to graduate. We are committed to providing an exceptional advising experience for all of our majors, but this requires students to come to their advising appointment prepared (i.e., with forms completed and supporting documents in hand). On the Advising Forms & Videos page you will find useful advising material, including links to common forms and video guides to filling them out. Emails sent to HD advisors or the coordinator should include your full name and SSU ID number.

Need help reading your ARR, finding a GE course, or have other general advising questions? Vanessa Bascherini is the Academic Advisor for the School of Social Science. Scroll to the bottom of this page to learn more about how she can help you!

Pre-HD Students

Pre-HD students will receive academic advising through group advising sessions led by the HD Program Coordinator several times each semester, including before registration for fall and spring semesters. Pre-HD students will be notified of upcoming group advising sessions and are expected to attend at least one session each semester while enrolled in the program. 

How do I Sign Up for Office Hours?

Please see the table below for faculty office hours. To view and sign up for a meeting, please see the instructions below for individual faculty:


Office Hours
Name Email Phone Office Office Hours
Johanna Filp-Hanke
Stevenson 2010A
4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Karin Enstam Jaffe
Stevenson 2054A
10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Richard J. Senghas
Stevenson 2054C
Mon - Wed:
2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Benjamin Smith
Stevenson 2054H
3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.