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A Message from our Director

The Center for Research on Families recognizes how challenging this time is for families, students, faculty and researchers alike, and we would like to share with you what we are doing to support our community. We don't need to tell you that all of our worlds have been heavily impacted by the pandemic affecting our global community. With so many unknowns, and the uncertainty this can bring, we remain focused on what we do know. We know we have to quickly adapt to a life more isolated than we are used; we know we need good science to address COVID19; and we know we need to support for families, now more than ever, in order for all of us to emerge from this crisis in a better place. 

Our Center would like you to know that much of our important work will continue and that we will stand by to support our community in every way that we are able to.


At this time we continue to:

·        Support our Family Research Scholars who are actively working on grants

·        Support our Graduate Student Grant Writing students who are resubmitting their proposals

·        Evaluate and select the new cohort of Graduate Student Grant Writers

·        Review and select awardees for our Graduate Student Travel and Dissertation Awards

·        Support faculty, students and external partners through Methodology consultation and assistance

·        Teach our Springfield based course for UMass students and community members on Risk and Resilience with Young Families

·        Offer Summer Methodology Workshops virtually 

·        Stay connected to our collaborators in Springfield to help in whatever way we can through this crisis

Be sure to check our website for updates. Changes in our offerings will continue to develop and we will keep this information as current as possible.

This is a time of great courage, hope, creativity and resilience. Our hope is that we emerge from this unprecedented challenge stronger with new ways of thinking and collaborating that will advance the health and well being of all families. May you and yours be healthy, and let us know if there are ways we can be a resource to you. 


Maureen Perry-Jenkins, PhD