FRC News

Family Resiliency Center Seeks Proposals For Grant Funding

Published Date:October 6, 2017

The Family Resiliency Center (FRC) announces a faculty seed grant funding opportunity through the Christopher Family Foundation Food Program. Read More

Published Date: October 6, 2017


A happier emotional climate at mealtimes may mean healthier food choices by children

Published Date:October 5, 2017

A new study from Family Resiliency Center researchers explores the relationship between emotional climate at mealtimes and children's food choices Read More

Published Date: October 5, 2017


Researchers investigate the impact family dynamics and relationships have on children's appetite self-regulation and how interventions offer hope for health and well-being

Author: Ryann Monahan

Published Date:September 27, 2017

Family dynamics and parental relationships can play a role in children's appetite self-regulation. This new research is important because a healthy appetite self-regulation as a child, can reduce risks for obesity and other health-risks over a lifetime. Read More

Published Date: September 27, 2017


The important role 'nature and nurture' may be playing in children's picky eating behavior

Published Date:September 15, 2017

Published Date: September 15, 2017


Researchers explore breastfeeding barriers and African American mothers

Published Date:September 14, 2017

Social norms, lack of support may keep many African American moms from breastfeeding.

Published Date: September 14, 2017


Job Opening - Visiting Project Coordinator

JOB OPENING - Visiting Project Coordinator

Published Date:September 12, 2017

The Family Resiliency Center is now accepting applications for a Visiting Project Coordinator.

Published Date: September 12, 2017


STRONG Kids/HDFS 494 undergraduate research program now accepting applications

Author: Tyler Wolpert

Published Date:March 31, 2017

The Family Resiliency Center is now accepting applications for STRONG Kids/HDFS 494, an undergraduate research program designed to provide students with first-hand experience working as part of a research team as well as to help them develop a working knowledge of the theory and applications of transdisciplinary research.

Published Date: March 31, 2017


The Autism Program and the School of Music sponsoring the Thriving With Autism piano recital

Author: Tyler Wolpert

Published Date:March 16, 2017

As a part of Autism Awareness Month this April, TAP and the School of Music are sponsoring Thriving With Autism, a piano recital featuring Illinois graduate Dr. Charles Joseph Smith. An accomplished pianist who has autism, Dr. Smith earned his bachelor’s degree at Roosevelt University in Chicago and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Published Date: March 16, 2017


Is it JUS Media? Creating a new global health intervention to combat U.S. media influences on eating habits in the Caribbean

Published Date:March 7, 2017

The small island nation of Jamaica generally conjures up images of beaches, reggae, Usain Bolt. Also Pepsi and KFC? The spread of global media and brands, particularly those from the U.S., and their influence on the lifestyles and food choices of families in Jamaica, led us to create the J(amaican) US (U.S.) Media? Programme in collaboration with Julie Meeks, Professor of Child Development and Nutrition at the University of West Indies (UWI) Open Campus. The JUS Media Programme is a new food-focused media literacy intervention for Jamaican families, designed to teach youth and parents how to question the food messages in media and advertising, especially U.S. cable, to be smarter and healthier.

Published Date: March 7, 2017


HDFS student exploring highly sweetened beverage consumption in developing regions

Author: Tyler Wolpert

Published Date:February 27, 2017

HDFS student and Abriendo Caminios research assistant Ryan Walton is combining his work with the Global Brigades, an organization that helps provide comprehensive health services in developing regions, with his research into highly sweetened beverage consumption and health outcomes.

Published Date: February 27, 2017


STRONG Kids program receives additional support from the National Dairy Council

Author: Tyler Wolpert

Published Date:February 21, 2017

URBANA, Ill. – Exploring how multiple factors contribute to the development of childhood obesity, the Family Resiliency Center’s STRONG Kids Program recently received an additional $548,275 of funding from the National Dairy Council (NDC) to extend its current research project, STRONG Kids 2, through 2019.

Published Date: February 21, 2017


Dr. Brian Ogolsky discusses why romantic relationships improve or deteriorate on the latest #askACES

Published Date:February 17, 2017

Dr. Brian Ogolsky from the Department of Human Development and Family Studies discusses the science behind why romantic relationships improve or deteriorate during a one-hour chat on Twitter.

Published Date: February 17, 2017


Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon registration promotion announced

Published Date:February 10, 2017

Champaign, Illinois—February 9, 2017: Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon has announced a registration promotion for Valentine’s Day called “Heal a Heart Registration Day.” Marathon officials announced today that for every person who registers on Tuesday, February 14, the race will donate $5.00 of the entry fee to charity. The money collected from this promotion will be evenly divided and donated to two LOCAL charities: Project Athletes and The Autism Program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Published Date: February 10, 2017


Study shows that Americanization may be fueling unhealthy eating in Jamaica

Author: Tyler Wolpert

Published Date:February 8, 2017

Urbana, Ill. – Previous research has shown that viewing high amounts of media can negatively impact dietary habits, and these unhealthy habits are a driving force behind obesity and its associated health complications. Even though previous research has linked increased TV consumption with unhealthy eating habits, not much research has focused on the impact that media consumption may have on individuals from different cultures.

Published Date: February 8, 2017


Cultural, linguistic gaps may deter Latinos from joining health programs

Author: Sharita Forrest

Published Date:February 6, 2017

A new study explored Latinas’ attitudes toward lay community health researchers called “promotoras.” Co-authors on the paper were, from left front, Jennifer McCaffrey, assistant dean of family and consumer sciences; kinesiology and community health professor Andiara Schwingel; applied family studies professor Angela R. Wiley, and nutritional sciences professor Dr. Margarita Teran-Garcia.

Published Date: February 6, 2017


The Autism Program introduces a new certification preparation for interns

Author: Tyler Wolpert and Megan Mayer

Published Date:January 26, 2017

URBANA, Ill. – The Autism Program (TAP) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a community-focused program that aids families and professionals by providing support to individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), their families, and other professionals in the community. Each semester, TAP welcomes a team of 10 to 12 diligent and hardworking interns who come from a variety of University of Illinois departments such as Human Development and Family Studies, Special Education, Speech and Hearing Science, Psychology, and the School of Social Work.

Published Date: January 26, 2017


Postdoctoral research associate positions open at the Family Resiliency Center

Author: Tyler Wolpert

Published Date:December 13, 2016

The Family Resiliency Center (FRC) is seeking to fill up to two post-doctoral associate positions to commence as early as August 2017. Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in the following areas: (1) early childhood nutrition, (2) prevention of childhood obesity, (3) family factors that contribute to healthy eating habits in the first five years of life, (4) household food insecurity, and (5) longitudinal data analysis.

Published Date: December 13, 2016


Call for proposals—Christopher Family Foundation Food and Family Program

Author: Tyler Wolpert

Published Date:December 9, 2016

The Family Resiliency Center (FRC) is pleased to announce faculty seed grant funding through the Christopher Family Foundation Food and Family Program. The Food and Family Program is designed to support innovative interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research that can unravel the complex connections between the family environment and healthy active lifestyles for all. We expect to fund up to three proposals for $50,000 each. The grant period will begin May 1, 2017 and will be for 18 months.

Published Date: December 9, 2016


Family Resiliency Center affiliates receive National Institutes of Health research grant

Author: Tyler Wolpert

Published Date:September 14, 2016

Working in collaboration with Professor Julie Meeks at the University of the West Indies Open Campus in Jamaica, Illinois researchers Drs. Gail Ferguson (Principal Investigator), an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, and Michelle Nelson (Co-Investigator), an Associate Professor in the Department of Advertising, were recently awarded funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to help fill this void. The $250,000 research grant will support Promoting Healthy Eating Habits in Jamaican Schools through Food-Focused U.S. Media Literacy, a transdiciplinary project which will combat the negative impact of increased U.S. media consumption on eating habits in Jamaica.

Published Date: September 14, 2016


Parents’ binge eating and emotional responsiveness may be intertwined with feeding practices

Author: Tyler Wolpert

Published Date:August 15, 2016

During the last 30 years, childhood obesity has become an increasingly significant challenge for many families in the U.S. In a study recently published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, researchers at the University of Illinois have been looking at how emotional responsiveness can affect the feeding practices that parents use and how they relate to parents’ emotions.

Published Date: August 15, 2016