Emerging Research on Families and Health Symposium Series

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

About the Project

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.

  • May 18-19, 2010 – Research with Dyads and Families: Challenges and Solutions in Working with Interdependent Data
  • May 2011 – Parent and Household Influences on Dietary Intakes Among Children and Adolescents: Research to Enhance Program and Practice
  • September 2011 – Support for Military Families: design and Delivery of Interventions Targeting Risk and Resilience Factors Among Wounded Veterans and Their Families
  • April 29, 2013 – Health Communication and Family Dynamics: beyond the patient-Provider Relationship
  • September 20, 2013 – Aging Families and Health: Social Influences on Health Lifestyles Choices in Later Life