Overview

The Center for Research on Families (CRF) is an endowed interdisciplinary research center in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

CRF contributes to the University’s mission by increasing research on family issues, building a multidisciplinary community of researchers who are studying issues of relevance to families, connecting national and internationally prominent family researchers with UMass faculty and students, providing mentoring to increase successful funding and management of external grant awards, providing advanced data analytic methods for training and consultation, and disseminating family research findings to scholars, families, practitioners, and policy-makers.

CRF’s activities have produced: multimillion dollar increases in federal research funding for family research over the past few years; forged new connections among faculty and students conducting family research within all colleges on campus as well as the Five Colleges and other UMass campuses; and dramatically increased national and international collaborations and recognition for UMass Amherst family research.

Families are a basic unit of human and animal life and research must cross academic disciplines and engage many perspectives to fully understand family functioning and its effects on individuals and societies. Thus, research at CRF encompasses disciplines as diverse as the life sciences, social sciences, public health and nursing, education, and natural resources.

CRF’s programs provide lectures and consultation from national experts, methodological expertise, grant-writing support, and research funding to faculty and students from these diverse backgrounds at all stages of their academic careers. We are committed to investing in each faculty member and student’s research career for the long-term.