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CFF Director recognized for positive impact of work

April 2019

Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, PhD, CFF director, received Purdue College of Health and Human Sciences Engagement Award on April 26. The College recognizes faculty and staff who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in engagement activities that have positively impacted the stakeholders of

Time doesn’t erase grief, strong emotions connected to the victims of mass shootings

April 2019

“In terms of mass shootings, grief doesn’t just end,” said Heather Servaty-Seib, a Purdue professor who researches grief and loss. “You don’t have to know someone directly involved to still be seriously affected by it.”

The science of puberty, understanding a critical period of biological and social development

April 2019

Today’s puberty research is not just about endocrinology and metabolism, pediatrics and reproductive biology. According to a new study, the topics most written about include age, gender issues and obesity and diabetes. Combining those traditional foundations with new topics, researchers

Children Are Using Text Crisis Lines To Report Abuse

March 2019

Children are reaching out to text-based crisis communication hotlines to seek help for mental illness. Laura Schwab-Reese, PhD, finds they’re also using them as a method to report abuse.

Invisible families, invisible conflicts: Work-family conflict for LGB families

February 2019

Watch Dr. Katina Sawyer present at the Kanter Lecture.

Family members can share grief during the holidays, but how each person grieves is different

December 2018

Heather Servaty-Seib, a professor of counseling psychology in the College of Education, said people are creatures of habit and traditions around the holidays can highlight the loss of a loved one for a person and for a family, whether in the

Servaty-Seib publishes, “We Get It,” a book of testimonials from grieving students

December 2018

Heather Servaty-Seib, a professor of counseling psychology in the College of Education, leads a grief-and-loss research team. On Wednesday evening, they gave a presentation on living with loss in a conference room on the third floor of Beering Hall, which

How Addiction Crisis Impacts Indiana Families

November 2018

Indiana has one of highest rates of children in foster care and much of the blame is placed on neglect related to substance use. The Center for Families at Purdue University hosted a meeting to frame what is working in other states

CFF director recognized with mentoring award

November 2018

The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) awarded Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, Ph.D., a national award to recognize her career of outstanding mentorship to junior colleagues, graduate students and undergraduates. MadDermid Wadsworth, who directs Purdue University’s Center for Families and Military Family Research Institute, received the

MFRI helps organizations advance change for military and veteran families

November 2018

The Military Family Research Institute at Purdue, in partnership with the Association of the United States Army, will host “Building Your Battle Plan to Support Military and Veteran Families” on Nov. 13 in Arlington, Virginia. Led by experts and authors of MFRI’s initiative