About the Contributors

This open textbook is a work in progress and will be improved and expanded over time. Version 1.0 has been compiled and written by the following contributors:


Diana L. Lang

Dr. Lang is an Associate Teaching Professor at Iowa State University who teaches a variety of courses within the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. She is also a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) which is recognized in the U.S. and Canada for Family Life Education professions. Her areas of interest include adoption, parenting, parent-child communications, topic avoidance, individual and family development across the life span, policy, professional orientation and service learning, and human sexuality education. She is the proud parent of two adult children and is the volunteer executive director and founder of a non-profit organization that promotes adoption as a positive parenting option.

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Assistants & Support

Alyssa L. Hanson

Alyssa, a graduate student and teaching assistant in the Human Development and Family Studies Department at Iowa State University (2018-2021) provided assistance in the editing of this book.

Abbey K. Elder

Abbey Elder is the Open Access & Scholarly Communication Librarian at Iowa State University who provided outstanding copyediting and production support during the development of this book.


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