Dr. Perry-Jenkins, the director of CRF, regularly travels to events and conferences around the nation. The growing reliance on robust public engagement strategies to disseminate findings and frame policy narratives through applied research represents a paradigm shift in academic circles.

This article was written by Erica Weiss, a UMass Amherst undergraduate student in Prof. Mary Carey's Journalism 300 course. In an effort to promote interdisciplinary collaboration with the variety of academic departments at the University, the Center for Research on Families frequently invites students to campus lectures and other eventsto participate, reflect and write about their experience.