The Center for Research on Families


Dr. Maureen Perry-Jenkins—professor of psychology and director of UMass Amherst’s Center for Research on Families—recently served as an invited panel member on a national webinar with experts and policy leaders discussing low-income families and work place policies. During her appearance, she described the findings of her latest research study and lent her support to the Schedules That Work Act, a new piece of legislation proposed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

Chantal Newkirk, a 2014 UMass Amherst sociology graduate, used her 2013-2014 Undergraduate Research Assistantship from CRF to work with sociology professor Michelle Budig on a project examining how specific work-family policies and gendered cultural differences shape women's employment decisions.

As a Family Research Scholar, Heather Richardson gave adolescent rats the opportunity to get drunk in order to learn what they could tell us about alcohol abuse in human teenagers. Heather Richardson participated in the CRF Family Research Scholars program during 2010-11.

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