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CRF supports interdisciplinary, scientific collaborations aimed at understanding the diversity, health and well-being of families while discovering solutions to the challenges family face.

Is Cognitive Therapy Enduring or are Antidepressants Iatrogenic?

December 11, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:15pm

Does the addition of antidepressant medications to cognitive therapy (CT) have an iatrogenic effect that interferes with CT's known enduring effect on depression? Might the combination possibly prolong the length of the underlying episode?  In his talk, Dr. Hollon will present his research findings, which raise concerns that cognitive therapy provided in combination with medication does little to prevent recurrence of depression.

Reducing Chemical Risks to Families: Linking the External Chemical Exposure to Biological Effects and Reduction in Adverse Health Outcomes

December 5, 2017 -
3:00pm to 4:30pm

Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series — The Center for Research on Families welcomes Damian Shea who will present "Reducing Chemical Risks to Families: Linking the External Chemical Exposure to Biological Effects and Reduction in Adverse Health Outcomes" 

We are exposed to thousands of chemicals every day through the water we drink, the air we breathe, the food we eat and our contact with other contaminated substances. 

Developmental Science Initiative Graduate Fellowship Awards: Apply Now!

A minimum of two full-year 2018 calendar year fellowship awards from the UMass Developmental Science Initiative will be made to PhD students enrolled at UMass Amherst who have demonstrated superior potential in any area of developmental science research*. Applicants will be rated based on the quality and broader significance of their research, relevance to issues affecting development, and overall intellectual merit. Preference will be given to first time applicants and individuals who have not previously won a CRF graduate student fellowship. 

Pre-dissertation/Masters thesis fellowship will be awarded in the amount of $5,000 and is intended for individuals who are currently enrolled in a PhD program at UMass Amherst. The 2018 competition is open to individuals who have completed some of their graduate coursework but have not yet advanced to PhD candidacy. The individual will use this fellowship award to either support his/her independent developmental science research or to assist a faculty member with his/her developmental science research for the 2018 calendar year of the award.