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How Genes Contribute to Type 2 Diabetes

Current Family Research Scholar Cassandra Spracklen, assistant professor of biostatistics and epidemiology in the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences discusses the findings of her research on how genes contribute to type 2 diabetes. Read the fiull article here

Does School Starting Later Improve Student Learning?

Rebecca Spencer is an assistant professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, and a former CRF Family Research Scholar 2010-2011. Her work focuses on the influences of sleep on cognitive function and development. In a recent story from ABC News, she addresses the impact of schools having a later start time on students learning. To read the article, click here

Lack Of Consideration Regarding Asian American Mothers

Miliann Kang is associate professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and a former CRF Family Research Scholar 2009-2010. Recently, she discussed ways to address the lack of consideration of Asian American issues regarding women’s well-being if they remain in the workforce post-children in an article she wrote for Japan Today. To read the article, click here

Can Breast Milk Give Insight to Causes of Breast Cancer?

Kathleen Arcaro is a professor of Environmental Toxicology and a former CRF Family Research Scholar 2012-2013. Arcaro studies breast milk to gain insight into the causes and development of breast cancer. She recently discussed the positive affects the COVID-19 vaccine had on pregnant mothers and their babies. To learn more click here

Dr. Amanda Woerman Discusses Research on Parkinson's Disease With Mass Appeal

Amanda Woerman is a family research scholar and assistant professor of Biology. Her research focuses on Multiple System Atrophy, a neurodegenerative disease, specifically developing diagnostic tools for this disease. She recently went on Mass Appeal to discuss her research on Parkinson’s disease. To watch the video, click here.  

Introducing the 2022-2023 Family Research Scholars

The Center for Research on Families at the UMass Amherst is pleased to announce our class of 2022-22 Family Research Scholars.

Six faculty members in various stages in their research were chosen to participate in this highly selective, year-long interdisciplinary research support program. The program serves to build lasting and productive connections among researchers of varying disciplines by providing concrete skills for successful grant submission, peer and faculty feedback on their developing proposals, individualized methodology consultation with CRF faculty and renown experts, and guidance on funding sources. 

UMass Changemaker: Tatishe Nteta Discusses Racism and Its Impact Today

Tatishe Nteta is an associate professor in political science and a former CRF Family Research Scholar 2014-2015. His research explores race and its impact on people in today’s society. Listen to him discusses this and learn more about his research in this video shot by UMass Amherst. To watch the video, click here.

Low-Income Families Struggle With Unreliable Daycare During the Pandemic

Nancy Folbre, professor emeritus of Economics and former CRF Family Research Scholar 2007-2008, research has focused on the interface between feminist theory and political economy. A recent article from The Washington Post discusses the financial struggles that low-income families went through during the pandemic when childcare became unreliable. To read the article click here

Amanda Woerman Awarded Five-Year, $2.8 Million NIH Grant

Dr. Amanda Woerman, current Family Research Scholar and assistant professor of biology, has been awarded a five-year, $2.8 million National Institutes of Health grant to study the molecular mechanisms underlying multiple system atrophy. Dr. Woerman. along with  Dr. Jason Bartz, professor and chair of medical microbiology and immunology at Creighton University, seek to advance understanding of the biochemical roots of Parkinson’s disease and other synucleinopathies, which affect more than 6.8 million Americans.

Romantic Relationship "spilling over” into Other Relationships

Paula Pietromonaco, professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and former CRF Family Research Scholar 2003-2004 and 2015-2016, work focuses on how people think, feel and behave in the context of their closest relationships. In a recent study published in Nature Reviews Psychology, it was found that people with relationship insecurities in their romantic relationship can end up "spilling over” into other relationships. To learn more about Dr. Pietromonaco’s research findings here