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Introducing the 2023-2024 Family Research Scholars

The Center for Research on Families at 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 twentieth cohort of the Family Research Scholars was selected based on their promising work in family-related research. The 2023-24 cohort is extremely diverse, representing a wide range of disciplines and research interests, including scholars from the departments of Anthropology, Biology, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Nutrition and Physical Activity Epidemiology and Kinesiology.

Yuriy Brun

Professor, Computer Science 





Soonkyu Chung

Associate Professor, Nutrition





Achsah Dorsey

Assistant Professor, Anthropology





Karine Fénelon

Assistant Professor, Neurophysiology, Department of Biology





Jungwoo Lee

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering





Amanda Paluch

Assistant Professor, Physical Activity Epidemiology and Kinesiology Institute for Applied Life 





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.