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Faculty Name

Sarah Tulane, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor and Coordinator/Advisor of the Family Life Studies online Bachelor's degree


  FL 215

  By Appointment Only


Dr. Sarah Tulane is a clinical assistant professor in the department of Family, Consumer, and Human Development. She loves teaching a variety of classes, such as Research Methods, Infant and Childhood Development, and Family Life Education Methods. She runs the Senior Capstone Project for the online Family Life Studies degree, a program for which she also coordinates and advises. Her research interests include adolescent psychosocial development, interactive technology and relationships, and family life education. Play is her favorite concept in Human Development, and her favorite hobby is playing with her children.

Research Projects

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Interactive Technology and Development

  • Students
  • Myles Maxey (current)
  • Liam Fishback (current)
  • Mark Ferguson (current)
  • Tessa Cutler (current)


PhD, Utah State University (Family and Human Development), 2012

MS, Utah State University (Family, Consumer, and Human Development; Youth and Adolescence Emphasi), 2009

BS, Utah State University (Family, Consumer, and Human Development; Community Service Emphasis), 2008

Research Interests

Dr. Tulane’s research interests are primarily with interactive technology use in relationships and human development. She is particularly interested in adolescent psychosocial development in the context of interactive technology use. She works with the Applied Research Lab in Lifespan Development. Dr. Tulane is also interested in Family Life Education methodologies, and improving practices with adult education through research. She enjoys using quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methodologies in her research.

USU Course Teachings

  • FCHD 1010: Balancing Work and Family
  • FCHD 1500: Human Development Across the Lifespan
  • FCHD 3530: Adolescence
  • FCHD 5540: Family Life Education Methods
  • FCHD 1010: Balancing Work and Family
  • FCHD 3130: Research Methods
  • FCHD 3500: Infancy and Childhood
  • FCHD 3520: Children in the Middle Years
  • FCHD 4830: Senior Capstone Project