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Applied Human Sciences Faculty and Staff - Darbi Haynes-Lawrence

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1906 College Heights Blvd #11037

Bowling Green, KY  42101-1037

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Dr. Darbi Haynes-Lawrence

Dr. Darbi Haynes-Lawrence

Associate Professor, Child Studies

Office:  Academic Complex 308D
Phone:  270-745-2525


FACS-180 Foundations in Family and Consumer Sciences

FACS-292 Diversity in Early Childhood Programs

FACS-395 Child and Family Stress

FACS-494 Parenting Strategies

FACS-496 Addressing Challenging Behavior in Young Children

FACS-497 Family Home Visiting


Dr. Darbi's research interests are varied, in order to keep the fun in research!

She is passionate about studying the impact of Multiple Sclerosis on families and designing materials to help better the lives of these families.

She also enjoys working with her husband, Dr. Greg Lawrence, a Chiropractic Sports Physician, to study concussion in sport, specifically focusing on children and families.

Together they design concussion education materials for children and parents.

When she is taking a break from these two topics, Dr. Darbi enjoys studying and writing about Eastern Black Swallowtail butterflies, butterfly gardens and outdoor spaces for the enjoyment of preschoolers and preschool teachers.

Joined WKU

Joined AHS in 2004

Received Ph. D. from Indiana University

Teaches Child Studies


Darbi Haynes-Lawrence, Ph. D. is an Associate Professor at Western Kentucky University in the Child and Family Studies unit.  Dr. Darbi, as she is known to her students, peers, and community members, has Multiple Sclerosis (MS).  She uses her experiences as a researcher and a person living with MS to educate as many people as possible about the disease. Her primary research interests center on families who have MS and how we can support them and their children best.  Volunteering to educate children in elementary schools about her service dog, Jaeger, is a driving force in Dr. Darbi's community work.  She and her family developed a service dog program in order to best edeucate the public on safety and interactions with service dogs.   She also teams with her husband, Greg Lawrence, a Chiropractic Sports Physician, to study concussions and write concussion education articles and materials for families.  As well as conducting, publishing, and presenting research, Dr. Darbi is passionate about teaching. Her favorite course topics are parenting strategies, child and family stress, and behavior management.  Dr. Darbi and her husband have one child, Samantha Jo.

In Spring of 2015, Dr. Darbi and student, Niah Soult, secured a FUSE Grant to write and illustrate a children's book.  This interactive book was designed to assist parents who have MS explain the disease to their children while removing the fear that often surrounds the disease.  Dr. Adam West contributed to the parent education/resource section included in the book.  The concept for the book was a result of findings from a study conducted by Dr. Darbi and Dr. West.  The book is available for free through the MS Foundation.  Scroll to the bottom of their educational materials page in order to find the children's book.

Link to the book:

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation - Booklets

MS Focus booklets provide in-depth education on the many aspects of multiple sclerosis.

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