Meet our Human Development & Family Science Specialist

John Fuller comes to the University of Missouri Extension with 20 years of experience in working with non-profits, community improvement, economic development and military experience.  John holds a MS in Social Work from the University of Missouri and a BA in Psychology.

To contact John call 573-686-8064 or email:

Programs offered by HES

Grand Families

Description: The program will provide families and professionals with information and skills to strengthen families' relationships, interactions and communications. Topics included may range from parenting and relationship building to financial and legal issues. The goals of this program include: increased awareness of where to find specialized resources for relative caregivers, increased understanding of the legal aspects regarding caregiving for relatives, and improved caregiver-child relationships.  In addition to direct education for relative caregivers and professionals, MU Extension continues its efforts through a local support group.  Cost: free

Mental Health First Aid

Description: This program looks at the challenges of Behavioral Health issue(s) for ourselves, children, family members, co-workers or friends. Gaining understanding about autism, substance abuse, bi-polar, depression, ADHD, developmental disabilities and other behavioral health issues can be a beginning to leading a more balanced life. Cost $20 1 day 8 hour course

Child Care Training Workshops

Description: Missouri's "Building Better Child Care" program helps to improve childcare quality via research-based educational workshops that focus on developmentally appropriate strategies for getting along with children and arranging learning environments. The programs are funded by a Team Nutrition grant from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and are offered at no charge. Participants can earn 2 clock hours of training credit for each session attended.

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy

Description: This program is designed to increase aging adults’ access to a safe, structured and effective strength training program. Over 8 weeks, participants learn exercises to improve their strength, flexibility and balance. During each session, a prescribed set of 8 upper and lower body strengthening exercises are done along with warm-up and cool-down stretches. Participants are made to feel comfortable regardless of their current fitness level so they can safely participate and gradually build the strength beneficial to health.

Boost Your Brain

Description: The class uses a whole-person approach that helps you form new habits to live a healthier lifestyle, remember things better, be more organized, pay closer attention and regulate your emotions. Each participant will receive a workbook including memory exercises, tips on nutrition and exercise, and summaries of evidence-based research on brain health. 

Briefings on Family Matters

Briefings on Family Matters is a quarterly newsletter published by University of Missouri Extension specialists for individuals and families in southeast Missouri.

Summer 2017 (PDF)

  • Lookout for Diseases on Roses this Year!
  • The Pros and Cons of Using Credit
  • Heat Related Illnesses