2018 CFF research funding recipients announced

Since 1994, the Center for Families has supported family research at Purdue University. This funding is possible due to the generosity of CFF advocates and donors. CFF held its annual award breakfast in April, where recipients were announced. Take a look at photos from the breakfast here. Learn more about the CFF funding program and read about past funding recipients.

CFF is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 recipients.


Early School Success
Irem Korucu, a doctoral student in Human Development and Family Studies, has been awarded the Family Research Grant to support the completion of her dissertation project titled “Pathways to Early School Success: Exploring the Individual and Collective Contributions of Contextual Factors and School Readiness Skills,” which actually consists of two studies: 1) Explores early home and school environmental contexts for children at age three in order to predict school readiness at age five, and academic and social outcomes at age nine. 2) Explores school readiness skills and underlying mechanisms that connect the early home and school environmental contexts and the predictions of development of school readiness skills at age five. The $1000 award is made possible by the Virginia Gould Butterfield Endowment Fund.

Parent-Child Math Engagement
Amy Napoli, a doctoral student in the Human Development and Family Studies, has been awarded the Family Research Grant to support her dissertation project, “Does Parent-Child Math Engagement Add Up? A Home Numeracy Environment Intervention for Parents of Preschool Children.” Her project will target parents of preschool-aged children to help them improve their children’s early math development while at home. She plans to use the grant to recruit approximately 50 families for participation in the study. The $1000 award is made possible by the Virginia Gould Butterfield Endowment Fund.

Value of service dogs for to Veterans and their families  
Kerri Rodriguez, a doctoral student in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology, in the College of Veterinary Medicine, has been awarded the Interdisciplinary Research Grant to support her work that quantifies the value of service dogs for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and their spouses, by measuring psychosocial and physiological indicators of well-being. Kerri’s research is a collaboration across three universities and six departments to quantify both human and animal outcomes. The $500 award is possible due to the generosity of Dr. Travis Dorsch and Dr. Breanna Studenka.

Improving outcomes of dietary intake and household food security in the long term
Breanne Wright, a doctoral student in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, was awarded the Justice Family Nutrition Grant to disseminate the outcomes of her project, “Evaluating the effect of a community targeted intervention on the nutritional quality of the food pantry environment, and the diet quality and food security of food pantry clients, in a multistate sample of 24 rural, Midwestern food pantries.”, to audiences spanning from academics, to community advocates, and policymakers.

Communicating research to policymakers
Elizabeth Coppola and Brittany Mihalec-Adkins, both doctoral students in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, have accepted the Levien Family Policy Scholarship. Both students will receive credit in supporting the annual Indiana Family Impact Seminar, which serves to educate legislators on how policy issues being considered affects families. This $1000 scholarship is possible by the Leo and Elva Levien Family Fund for the Center for Families.


Stepping Out: A pilot study of older couples’ paired walking
Dr. Elizabeth Richards, assistant professor in the School of Nursing, has been awarded the Hancook Faculty Fellowship to support a pilot study to identify how paired walking among older spouses impact balance affects the quality of their balance and gait. The goal of this study is to examine how married partners walk differently when they are together vs. separately. Her project “Stepping Out: A Pilot Study of Older Couples’ Paired Walking” is an interdisciplinary study at Purdue, with Shirley Rietdyk, Professor of Health and Kinesiology, and Associate Professors Melissa Franks and Sharon Christ from the department of Human Development and Family Studies. The Hancook Faculty Fellowship serves to support research that maximizes the health, well-being, and development of adults as individuals, parents, and partners. This $10,000 fellowship is made possible by support from the Robert O. and Zelma C. Swaim Memorial Fund.

Undergraduate support: 25 years of puberty research: a bibliometrics analysis
Dr. Kristine Marceau, an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, has been awarded the Research Enhancement Grant to extend to Savannah Hottle, a sophomore majoring in Health and Disease in the College of Biological Sciences, to attend the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence meeting. Along with Purdue Libraries, Savanah conducted a bibliometric analysis on the field of puberty to understand the landscape of publications on puberty, and where improvements can be made. This has great potential for a large impact on the field. This $500 award is possible due to the generosity of Bob and Joyce Beery Miles.

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