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Introducing our 2021-2022 Family Research Scholars

Since 2003, The Center for Research on Families has hosted the Family Research Scholars Program. This year-long interdisciplinary seminar designed to assist faculty in various stages of research provides the opportunity for faculty and peer mentorship and national expert consultation with the goal of preparing a successful grant proposal. 

The eighteenth cohort of the Family Research Scholars was selected based on their promising work in family-related research. The 2021-2022 cohort represents a wide range of disciplines and research interests, including scholars from the departments of Biology, Health Policy and Management, Institute for Global Health, Psychological and Brain Sciences, and Sociology.

Learn more about this year's cohort and the exciting research they are conducting here.


Amanda Woerman
Assistant Professor, Biology, College of Natural Sciences
Research Concentration: Neurodegeneration and Protein Misfolding

Evelyn Mercado
Assistant Professor, Psychological & Brain Sciences, College of Natural Sciences
Research Concentration: 
Exposure to stress and how it may impact the parent-adolescent relationship and youth adjustment

Joshua Kaiser
Assistant Professor, Sociology, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Research Concentration: 
Reciprocal relationship between state power and intersectional inequalities across time and place

Laura Attanasio
Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health & Health Sciences
Research Concentration:
Quality and equity in women’s reproductive healthcare

Maria Galano
Assistant Professor, Psychological & Brain Sciences, College of Natural Sciences
Research Concentration:
Effects of early-life exposure to interpersonal violence in diverse populations

Raphael Arku
Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
Research Concentration: 
How features of the social and physical environment influence environmental exposures and health in resource-poor settings