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CRF Announces 2017-2018 Student Awardees

The Center for Research on Families (CRF) is pleased to announce the recipients of this year's Student Research Grants and Awards. CRF is committed to supporting students engaged in family research—our student researchers are addressing family challenges such as childhood obesity, family violence, school readiness and immigration policies. CRF received an unprecedented number of applications for this year's competition. Ten talented students received awards in six categories for a total of over $26,000 awarded.

CRF and HDI Award Pilot Grants to Two Researcher/Community Partner Teams

The Center for Research on Families (CRF) and the Healthy Development Initiative (HDI) are pleased to announce the recipients of two $15,000 pilot grants as part of a new Community Partnership Research Grant Initiative. The funded projects will address pressing concerns identified by Springfield families, agencies and community leaders with the goal of increasing the health and wellbeing of Springfield residents.

Annual CRF Research & Awards Forum Celebrates a Vibrant Year

The Center for Research on Families’ (CRF) seventh-annual Family Research Forum and Awards Dinner, held on March 7th, was a wonderful celebration of a year of exciting new research and community initiatives. The program showcased the research of CRF scholars on topics such as immigration, the impact of environmental chemicals on maternal health, the neurobiology of epilepsy, and the importance of naps for young children.

Scholar Feature: Complex relationships at the center of Louis Graham's (FRS '16-17) latest research on stress

Louis Graham

Family, friends, and romantic and sexual partners can be a source of both support and stress, often simultaneously. Louis Graham, Assistant Professor of Health Promotion and Policy, seeks to detail the complexities of these relationships for people at the intersections of marginalized identities.

Student Research Spotlight: Rodrigo Dominguez-Villegas

Rodrigo Dominguez-Villegas

Contrary to popular assumptions, migration flow between the United States and Mexico has reversed in recent years. Currently, the number of individuals returning to Mexico surpasses the number of individuals entering the United States. CRF Pre-dissertation Fellow Rodrigo Dominguez-Villegas will explore the socio-economic outcomes of these return migrant families in Mexico.

Student Research Spotlight: Genna Santorelli

Genna Santorelli

Ten to 20 percent of Americans age 65 or older experience mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a decline in their memory or other cognitive functioning that is not serious enough to significantly interfere with daily life. CRF Dissertation Fellow Genna Santorelli is investigating the link between mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and higher rates of depression, anxiety, and irritability among seniors.