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New Worlds of Adoption: Launching into Adulthood
Presenters:
Event Date(s):
April 17, 2015 8:00 am- 5:00 pm
| 8:00am to 5:00pm
Location:
Campus Center Auditorium
Description:

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Ann Masten, Ph.D., Regents Professor and Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development at the University of Minnesota, will highlight research on resilience in development with a focus on transitions to adulthood. In her keynote address, “Ordinary Magic on the Developmental Road to Resilience,” adoption will be discussed in terms of strengths that promote resilience. Joining Dr. Masten will be three adult adoptees who are now in significant professional positions serving the adoption community:  

Couple-Focused Prevention at the Transition to Parenthood
Presenters:

Mark Feinberg, Ph.D., Research Professor, Prevention Research Center,  Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University

Mark Feinberg, Ph.D., conducts basic and applied research on youth, families, and communities, with a particular focus on family dynamics and family-focused prevention.  He has developed and tested several prevention programs, including Family Foundations (FF), a transition-to-parenthood program designed to enhance coparenting among first-time parents.  FF has been shown to reduce adverse birth outcomes, postpartum depression, couple and parent-child physical aggression, and child internalizing and externalizing problems. Dr. Feinberg has also co-developed prevention programs addressing sibling relationship conflict, adverse birth outcomes, and childhood obesity, and has been involved in the long-term evaluation of large-scale community prevention systems, including Communities That Care, PROSPER, and Evidence2Success.  He has also written about and examined the community epidemiology of adolescent problem behaviors, i.e., the ways in which risk factors are linked to behavior problems within and between communities

 

Event Date(s):
January 29, 2015 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm
| 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Location:
Campus Center, Room 163C, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Description:
Biomonitoring, Chemical Exposures and Human Health
Presenters:

Antonia Calafat, Ph.D., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA

 

Event Date(s):
February 5, 2015 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm
| 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Location:
Campus Center, Room 162-75
Description:

In modern societies, humans may be exposed to a wide spectrum of environmental chemicals. Although for many chemicals the health significance of this exposure is unknown, studies to investigate the prevalence of exposure are warranted because of some chemicals’ potential harmful health effects, as often indicated in animal studies.

Public Engagement: "How to Get Your Research Out There"
Presenters:
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  • - John Kennedy, Vice Chancellor for University Relations
  • - Katherine S. Newman, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
  • - Amy Schalet, Director, Public Engagement Project; Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology
  • - Linda R. Tropp, Professor, Dept. of Psychology; Director, Psychology of Peace and Violence Program

Opening remarks will be delivered by:

  • - John Hird, Interim Dean, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • - Steven Goodwin, Dean, College of Natural Sciences
Event Date(s):
January 27, 2015 11:30 am- 1:00 pm
| 11:30am to 1:00pm
Location:
Campus Center, Room 804-08, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Description:

Scholars are increasingly interested in influencing policy and public debates. But how can they be most effective at engaging diverse audiences?

Analyzing Developmental Trajectories
Presenters:

Dr. Daniel Nagin, Carnegie-Mellon University

Event Date(s):
June 1 - June 3, 2015 | 9:00 am- 5:00 pm
| 9:00am to 5:00pm
Location:
TBA
Description:

A developmental trajectory describes the course of a behavior over age or time. This three day workshop aims to provide participants with the training to apply a group-based method for analyzing developmental trajectories. This methodology has four significant capabilities:
(1) the capability to identify rather than assume distinctive groups of trajectories
(2) the capability to estimate the proportion of the population following each such trajectory group

Recent News

One of the biggest challenges facing American parents and families today is striking a balance between the demands of work and the responsibilities and joys of raising a family. Samantha Schenck, a 2014 CRF Student Researcher, attempts to analyze the economic impacts of a California policy that partially alleviates the stressful issue of attempting to balance the demands of work and the needs of the family

Drs. Nilanjana Dasgupta (FRS 2006-07, 2012-13) and Rebecca Spencer (FRS 2010-11) are among nine faculty members selected as recipients of the Public Engagement Faculty Fellows program for 2015.

Every year the Center for Research on Families provides research support to students through scholarships and fellowships to graduate and undergraduate students. CRF is currently gearing up to accept applications for next year’s competition. CRF’s current 2014 student researchers are conducting research on a variety of topics ranging from economics to Neuroscience.  Their projects are described here.

The Center for Research on Families is accepting applications for its next cohort of Family Research Scholars!  Each year, six esteemed faculty receive intensive support to prepare a major grant proposal to fund their research.