Mary Paterno's research will address the high rates of neonatal opiate exposure and maternal opioid use in rural communities in Massachusetts. She will develop and test a sustainable, community-based peer mentoring program for pregnant and postpartum women who are at high risk of relapse.Read more
Our affiliates enthusiastically participate in the ongoing life and mission of the Center for Research on Families. Current affiliates include the 70+ faculty alumni of our innovative Family Research Scholars program, more than one hundred student recipients of our awards and grants program for graduates and undergraduates, and dozens of other UMass, Five Colleges, regional and national faculty from across a variety of disciplines. All affiliates share a common link—research interests and specializations that focus on the myriad disciplines relevant to family life, and a willingness to contribute their energy and vitality to the Center's overarching mission.
Affiliates actively engage with the life of CRF through our many sponsored activities each academic year. These include research programs, peer-to-peer working groups, opportunities to work with mentors who help faculty expand their grant-writing and grant-funding expertise, the Tay Gavin Erickson endowed lecture series, various conferences, methodology consulting services and additional training available through workshops and seminars. The Center adds value to the research life of the University of Massachusetts Amherst by creating and sustaining discourse and by fostering avenues for our affiliates to disseminate their cutting-edge global research about the issues facing modern families.