Principal Investigator: Melissa Franks, PhD, Human Development and Family Studies
Organizing Committee: Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, PhD, Human Development and Family Studies, Purdue University; Carol Boushey, PhD, Foods and Nutrition, University of Hawaii; Connie Weaver, PhD, Foods and Nutrition, Purdue University; Steve Wilson, PhD, Brian Lamb School of Communication, Purdue University; Kenneth Ferrero, Sociology, Purdue University.
Funding: NIH/HICHD and Center for Families
Term of Project: May 2010 – September 2013
The Center for Families’ Emerging Research in Families and Health was designed to advance recognition and understanding of family processes in the promotion of individual health and well-being.
The initiative of the Center featured a myriad family influences on individual health in such contexts as diet and nutrition choices throughout life, communication about adopting healthy habits throughout life, and managing the stress of separation and reunion that accompanies military deployments. Although, many health, medical, and social science disciplines address health promotion and disease prevention, the critical role of family is critical across the lifespan.
The lead conference, Research with Dyads and Families prepared family and health researchers with state-of-the-art methods for planning projects involving multiple family members and for appropriately analyzing the resulting interdependent data.