Family Research Scholars

Family research is broadly defined as research on issues affecting families and thus encompasses all disciplines.

Since 2003, CRF has offered The Family Research Scholars Program, which provides selected UMass faculty with the time, technical expertise, peer mentorship, and national expert consultation to prepare a large grant proposal for their research support.

Family Research Scholars participate in a year-long interdisciplinary faculty seminar that includes presentations and discussions of the Scholars’ developing proposals, concrete instruction on the details of successful proposal submission and the resources of the university, individualized methodology consultation, and information about relevant funding agencies. National experts are also chosen and invited to campus to provide individual consul­tation to each of the scholars on their specific projects and present a public research lecture. 

What are recent CRF Scholars researching?

* How does binge drinking affect the developing teenage brain?
* How can robotic technology improve the lives of stroke survivors?
* How does sleep enhance memory? 
* Is a father’s political viewpoint impacted by the gender of their child?
* What are the stressors for young dual-job low-income families?
* How does TV affect young children?
* How do unpredictable work schedules impact families?
* How can we build resiliency in teens at risk of suicide?
* What can zebra fish tell us about treating epilepsy?

and much more…