Family Resiliency Center | Illinois


FRC researchers contribute to nationwide study revealing families' struggle to afford household goods

Published Date:September 23, 2013

FRC researchers helped shape the Feeding America survey that studied how low-income families cope with not only trying to afford food but also basic personal care and household items like shampoo, toothpaste, detergent, etc Read the full article.

Published Date: September 23, 2013

U of I faculty Jodi Flaws and Susan Schantz

FRC to disseminate research results from center investigating chemical exposure and high-fat diet risks for young children

Published Date:September 23, 2013

University of Illinois Family Resiliency Center faculty are part of a new $8 million research center investigating how certain plastics found in common household items may affect the development and functioning of the endocrine system in infants and young children. The Illinois Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Center also explores how the chemical compounds interact with diets high in saturated fat. Read full article.

Published Date: September 23, 2013

ITOPP Lecture Series Presents Dr. Daniel Stokols

Published Date:June 27, 2013

Please join us for an I-TOPP Lecture "Social Ecology - A Framework for Transdisciplinary Action Research" on Thursday, June 27th at 4:00 pm at the Beckman Institute, room 5602, featuring Dr. Daniel Stokols from the University of California at Irvine.  For more information click here.

Published Date: June 27, 2013

New Partnership with Dairy Research Institute to Launch STRONG Kids 2

Author: Brenda Koester

Published Date:June 10, 2013

­The Family Resiliency Center and the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Dairy Research Institute®, a non-profit research organization established by America’s dairy farmers, today will announce a new partnership that will help fill critical research gaps in how healthy eating habits are formed from the earliest ages. The “STRONG Kids 2:  A cells-to-society approach to nutrition” project, for which Dairy Research Institute is providing $1 million of support over five years, will provide unique insights into how individual biology interacts with the family environment to promote healthy eating habits, including milk and dairy consumption, in young children.  It is one of the first longitudinal studies to take a look at the interaction between biological and environmental factors in predicting eating habits, starting at birth.  Read more here.

Published Date: June 10, 2013

I-CAP New Technologies Workshop Registration Now Open

Published Date:May 29, 2013

Registration is now open for the Illinois Early Childhood Activity Program (I-CAP) New Technologies Workshop that will be held on Thursday, June 6 and 7th at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.  For more information click here.

Published Date: May 29, 2013

Be a TV Star! Families Needed for Mealtime Minutes PSA Filming

Published Date:May 17, 2013

We are looking for two families to star in one of our next Mealtime Minutes PSAs.  We're looking for families with children between the ages of 5 and 10.  You don't need to have any acting skills and you'll receive a basket of amazing Pampered Chef products as a thank-you.  To find out more read here.

Published Date: May 17, 2013

Bridging the Domestic and International: Food Security Research Areas Workshop

Published Date:April 24, 2013

The National Soybean Research Laboratory and the Family Resiliency Center are sponsoring an all-day workshop "Bridging the Domestic and International: Food Security Research Areas" on Monday, April 29, 2013 from 9:30-4:15 in Christopher Hall, 904 W Nevada, Urbana.  The event is free but RSVP's are requested.  For RSVP and speaker information click here.

Published Date: April 24, 2013

Mealtimes in Child Care: A Potential Avenue for Obesity Prevention in Young Children Presented by Dr. Madeleine Sigman-Grant from the University of Nevada

Published Date:April 3, 2013

Dr. Madeleine Sigman-Grant, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, will be giving a lecture titled "Mealtimes in Child Care:  A Potential Avenue for Obesity Prevention in Young Children" on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at Noon in the Studio in Christopher Hall.  Food will be provided.   Read More

Published Date: April 3, 2013

Now Recruiting Students for Fall 2013/Spring 2014 HDFS 494 Undergraduate Research Course

Published Date:March 12, 2013

The Family Resiliency Center is offering two Undergraduate Research Courses next year, one for the STRONG Kids Program and one for our Food and Family Program.  We are currently recruiting students who will have Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing in the Fall '13 to enroll in these courses.  Students may enroll in 2-3 hours of credit for these courses.   For more information visit  Read more

Published Date: March 12, 2013

Food for Thought Series Featuring Dr. Sara Gable- Februrary 15, Noon-1

Published Date:February 15, 2013

The Family Resiliency Center is pleased to host Dr. Sara Gable for the upcoming Food for Thought lecture on Friday February 15, from Noon - 1 in the Studio (Room 1009) at Doris Kelley Christopher Hall.  Read more...

Published Date: February 15, 2013

Child Nutrition and Health Expert Dr. Maureen Black Visiting Next Week

Published Date:November 6, 2012

Dr. Maureen Black, a pediatric psychologist specializing in intervention research related to children's nutrition, health, and development, will be the next I-TOPP lecturer speaker.  I-TOPP, is an innovative research-based PhD/MPH degree program with a focus on obesity prevention and child health and wellbeing.  For more information on her visit Nov 12-13 click here.

Published Date: November 6, 2012

FRC Director Barbara Fiese Keynote Speaker at NCFR 2012 Annual Convention

Published Date:October 31, 2012

Dr. Barbara Fiese presenting "Childhood Obesity:  From the Family Dinner Table to Public Policy" at the National Council on Family Relations 2012 Annual Conference.  The talk, scheduled for 1:15 MDT on Nov 1, 2012 will be streamed live and can be viewed at the following site: more


Published Date: October 31, 2012

EIF Hunger Symposium to Feature Dr. Barbara Fiese

Published Date:September 18, 2012

On Tuesday, September 18, 2012, Dr. Barbara Fiese will serve on a panel of Experts for the 2012 Hunger Symposium sponosored by the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.  The symposium will be held at the Provena Covenant Medical Center Auditoriums at 7:00 p.m.  more

Published Date: September 18, 2012

Pathway Project Holds Successful Summit

Published Date:August 29, 2012

Eighteen members of the Pathways Project from Minnesota, New York, and Chicago gathered for a Summit on Aug 13-14, 2012 to celebrate the success of the first year of the study and to prepare for the next wave of data collection.  more

Published Date: August 29, 2012

FRC Director Dr. Barbara Fiese Presenting at APA 120th Annual Convention

Published Date:July 30, 2012

Dr. Barbara Fiese will be presenting "Genes, Gossip,and Groceries:  A contextual risk approach to childhood obesity" at an expert panel at the 120th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association.  Her talk will report on findings from the STRONG Kids program, a panel study of 497 families with preschool age children that takes a socio-ecological approach to predicting unhealthy weight gain.  read more

Published Date: July 30, 2012

Now Hiring - FRC Postdoctoral Fellow

Published Date:July 27, 2012

The Family Resiliency Center is seeking to fill a full-time post-doctoral position to commence as early as September 2012.  Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in the following areas:  1) quantitative and mixed method approaches in measuring family resiliency, 2) prevention of childhood obesity, 3) reduction of childhood hunger, and 4) program development and evaluation with vulnerable families.  read more here

Published Date: July 27, 2012

I-CAP Kickoff Workshop Registration Now Open

Published Date:June 8, 2012

Registration is now open for the Illinois Early Childhood Activity Program (I-CAP) Kickoff Workshop that will be held on Wednesday, June 27 at the Salt Fork Center at the Homer Lake Forest Preserve.  For more information click here.

Published Date: June 8, 2012

Brownbag - Autism and Family Routines Expert Dr. Beth DeGrace - Thursday June 7, Noon - Studio

Published Date:June 4, 2012

 Join us for a autism and family health expert Dr. Beth DeGrace for a Brownbag this Thursday, June 7, 2012 from Noon-1:00 p.m. in the Studio, Christopher Hall.   More

Published Date: June 4, 2012

Autism-Friendly Interactive Concert Featuring U of I Wind Orchestra

Published Date:April 10, 2012

This free concert is being held Sunday, April 29, 2012 from 3-4 pm in the Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center.  The concert, sponsored in cooperation with The Autism Program, is specifically targeted for families, children, and adults who experience Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Audience members will be able to move around during the concert. Read more.

Published Date: April 10, 2012

New Expanded Website Information on the Autism Program

Published Date:April 10, 2012

The Autism Program has expanded their information on our website.  Check out the new information available for families, professionals, students, and on the Resource Center.  Also available is a link to sign up for their email Newsletter as well as a link to their page on Facebook.

Published Date: April 10, 2012