The University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Mission

CRF's mission is to:

  • Use proven and innovative methods to promote, conduct and translate high-quality, substantive research.
  • Teach, mentor and support family researchers throughout their careers—students to professors.
  • Engage with the community to improve family functioning and inform social policy.


At CRF, we believe that innovative solutions to the central challenges facing families will come from advances in both the social and natural sciences. CRF is among only a handful of family research centers in the country aimed at bridging the social, behavioral and natural sciences; thus, we are uniquely poised to initiate and support interdisciplinary collaborations aimed at addressing societal and family challenges.

The vision for CRF is to be a nationally-renowned research center addressing the challenges and resilience of families.