Department of Human & Community Development | Illinois


Robert Hughes, Jr

Bob Hughes

Professor of Human Development and Family Studies

Phone: (217) 333-3790 | Fax: (217) 244-7877

274 Bevier Hall, MC-180
905 South Goodwin Avenue
Urbana, Illinois 61801

Research Interests

Divorce, single parenting, family life program development and evaluation, information technology and families, online family life education.

My primary interests have been to develop and conduct educational programs for parents and families with an emphasis on families-at-risk, family stress, divorce and single parenting.

I have designed prevention programs for families who live in poverty and face many challenges in everyday living. Along with my colleague, Christine M. Todd, we developed parenting programs for families and worked with child care providers. One of the results of this work was an award-winning video, Parenting: Paving a Safe and Healthy Road. My primary activity related to single-parent families was the creation of a series of 14 newsletters and a program handbook, Parenting On Your Own. Additionally, I have authored a comic-book series for children in single-parent families called, Special Friends. This summary of the effects of divorce on children has been very popular on the web.

In recent years I have created a variety of online educational programs for families including the development of Missouri Families at:

Academic Training

Ph.D. 1980, The University of Texas at Austin, Educational/ Developmental Psychology
M.A. 1977, The University of Texas at Austin, Educational/ Developmental Psychology
B.A. 1974, Texas Tech University, Psychology