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Frederick, Helyne

Director and Clinical Associate Professor

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“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

– Helen Keller


Dr. Helyne Frederick is currently a faculty member in the UNC Chapel Hill School of Education, and directs the undergraduate program in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS). She is passionate about helping students and professionals maximize their skills in providing services for children and families. She previously served as an Associate Professor and Program Director for the Family and Consumer Sciences Program at Winthrop University in South Carolina. She developed an HDFS program for Winthrop and led the program to obtain the Certified Family Life Educator credential from the National Council on Family Relations. She also served as Assistant Professor in the Child and Family Studies Program at Eastern Kentucky University.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. 2011 - Texas Tech University, Human Development and Family Studies
  • M.P.H. 2015 - Eastern Kentucky University
  • M.S. 2008 - Texas Tech University, Human Development and Family Studies
  • B.A. 2006 - Psychology

Research Interests

  • Family Life Education
  • Adolescent sexual health
  • Health Education

Teaching Areas

  • Family Life Education
  • Human Development
  • Adolescent development
  • Family Resiliency


  • EDUC 181 - Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies

Selected Professional Affiliations

  • National Council on Family Relations

Selected Publications

Frederick, H. (2016, Fall/Winter). Teaching about identity and sexuality in a technological era: Promising practices for family and consumer sciences educators. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences Education 33(2), 37-47. PDF available here.

Frederick, H., & Polydore, C. (2016). Teaching Family Diversity: Working with Foreign-Born Instructors. National Council on Family Relations Report, 61, 9-11.

Jensen, J. & Frederick, H. (2016). Using Constructivism to Critique FCS Teachers’ Lessons; In Ed. Alexander, K. “Teaching Family and Consumer Sciences in the 21st Century.” Texas Tech University Press.

Fischer, J., Zvonkovic, A., Juergens, C., Engler, R., & Frederick, H. (2015). Work and family at midlife: A person centered approach. Journal of Family Issues, 36 (1), 56-86. doi:10.1177/0192513X13488370

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