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CRF Announces 2012-2013 Family Research Scholars

The UMass Amherst Center for Research on Families (CRF) is pleased to announce the 2012-2013 Family Research Scholars.  Six faculty members from across campus were selected to participate in the ninth cohort of the Family Research Scholars Program on the basis of their promising work in family-related research.

The Family Research Scholars Program provides selected faculty with the time, technical expertise, peer mentorship, and national expert consultation to prepare a large grant proposal for their research support.  A goal of the program is to bring together a diverse, multi-disciplinary group of faculty from the UMass community to foster innovation and collaboration across research areas related to the family. 

The selected faculty for the 2012-2013 Family Research Scholars Program represent an array of disciplines and research interests and draw from four Colleges (SBS, CNS, Public Health & Health Sciences, and Nursing) and five departments.   The new Scholars are: KATHLEEN ARCARO (Associate Professor of Environmental Toxicology) whose project considers  “Dietary Intervention to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk”, NILANJANA DASGUPTA (Associate Professor of Psychology,) is researching “Adolescent girls’ and women’s choices about academic and professional life, specifically considering engagement in STEM careers ”, HAROLD GROTEVANT (Professor of Psychology and Rudd Family Foundation Chair in Psychology) will be looking at “Adjustment and Relationships: Young Adult Outcomes of Adoption”, KAREN KALMAKIS (Assistant Professor of Nursing) is “Exploring the Role of Socio-environmental and Demographic Influences on the Stress Process”, FAREEN PARVEZ (Assistant Professor of Sociology) considers “Debt, Dowry, and Labor Migration: Reconfiguring Family Life Among the Indian Muslim Urban Poor”, and JERUSHA NELSON PETERMAN (Assistant Professor of Nutrition­­­­) will be researching the “Predictors and Dietary and Health Consequences of Food Insecurity in Immigrant Families in the U.S.  More information on the selected Family Research Scholars can be found here.

Over the year, the Scholars participate in an interdisciplinary faculty seminar that includes concrete instruction on the details of successful proposal submission and the resources of the university, individualized methodology consultation, and information about relevant funding agencies, which culminates with the submission of a research proposal to a major funding agency.    For Scholars, the program offers extra time (through a course release), support and expertise.  One current Scholar lauds the program for giving him “the time, space, structure, and guidance to understand and get started in the world of large grants in a way that would not have been possible otherwise as an assistant professor.” Since the program first began in 2003, 50 Family Research Scholars have submitted over 136 proposals.

The Center for Research on Families’ mission is to increase research on family issues, to build a multidisciplinary community of researchers who are studying issues of relevance to families, to connect national and internationally prominent family researchers with UMass faculty and students, to provide advanced data analytic methods training and consultation, and to disseminate family research findings to scholars, families, practitioners, and policy-makers.    Research at CRF encompasses disciplines as diverse as the life sciences, social sciences, public health and nursing, education, and natural resources.  

CRF is a research center of the College of Natural Sciences and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and has affiliated faculty from departments across campus.  For more information on the Family Research Scholars Program or the Center for Research on Families, please contact: or (413) 545-3593.