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Introducing the 2022-2023 Family Research Scholars

The Center for Research on Families at the UMass Amherst is pleased to announce our class of 2022-23 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. 

The nineteenth cohort of the Family Research Scholars was selected based on their promising work in family-related research. The 2022-23 cohort represents a wide range of disciplines and research interests, including scholars from the departments of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Food Science, Nursing, Nutrition, and Sociology.


Eleni Christofa 

Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering




Sarah Gonzalez-Nahm

Assistant Professor, Nutrition, School of Public Health and Health Sciences



Lili He

Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director, Department of Food Science, College of Natural Sciences




Favorite Iradukunda

Assistant Professor, Nursing, Elaine Marieb College of Nursing




Cassandra Spracklen

Assistant Professor, Biostatistics and Epidemiology, School of Public Health and Health Sciences




Aida Villanueva Montalvo

Assistant Professor, Sociology, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences





CRF is an endowed interdisciplinary research center of the UMass Amherst College of Natural Sciences and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. CRF’s programs provide lectures and consultation from national experts, methodological training and expertise, grant-writing support and research funding to faculty and students from these diverse backgrounds at all stages of their academic careers. CRF is committed to investing in each faculty member and student’s research career for the long term.

For more information on the Family Research Scholars Program or the Center for Research on Families, please contact Associate Director Gisele Litalien at or (413) 545-2335.