Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, Family Life State Extension Specialist
56 Lebaron 626 Morrill Rd.,
Ames, IA 50011


  • Ph.D., Iowa State University, 2000
  • M.S., Iowa State University, 1991
  • B.S., Iowa State University, 1986

Kimberly Greder

Kimberly Greder is a professor and Human Sciences Extension and Outreach Specialist in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Iowa State University. Over the past twenty years she has conducted community-based research focused on the health and well-being of families who have low incomes to inform the development of educational materials and programs delivered by extension educators and other family serving professionals. She is particularly interested in the health and well-being of Latino immigrant families living in rural America. She leads a longitudinal study focused on Latino immigrant family health in Iowa, as well as serves the PI for the Abriendo Caminos project in Iowa. Additionally, she leads the development of a new curriculum, ¡Salir Adelante! Caminos a Nuestro Futuro, that aims to assist Latino youth and their families reach their dreams and goals related to career and college readiness.

Research Interests

  •  Family health and well-being, with specific focus on low-income rural and Latino immigrant families.
  • Family support and parenting.

Professional Organizations

  • American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
  • National Council on Family Relations
  • National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

Special Interests

Strengthening family engagement for Latino youth educational attainment:
Juntos: Together for a Better Education, an Extension research project focused on helping Latino youth academically succeed in high school and gain access to higher education.

Promoting Latino Family Health:
Abriendo Caminos– Clearing the Path for Hispanic health, an integrated Extension research project focused on preventing obesity among Mexican youth.
Iowa Rural Latino Family Project. Associated with the larger multi-state project, Interactions of individual, family, community, and policy contexts on the mental and physical health of diverse rural low-income families (NC1171) (

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