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Celebrating 10 Years of Christopher Hall

The FRC is celebrating 10 years of Doris Kelley Christopher Hall next month! Since its construction, Christopher Hall has been the focal point of research, education, and community outreach to help families thrive when facing common challenges. The unique facilities have attracted internationally recognized scholars, served as an inviting space for community members, and encouraged collaborations across campus. Make sure to check out the FRC's Facebook and Twitter feeds regularly as we'll be sharing memories and the broad impact that the building has had over the past decade.

Food & Family Program Brown Bag
 Dr. Sharon Donovan, PhD, RD

Join us at noon on Thursday, September 21 in the Christopher Hall Studio as Dr. Sharon Donovan discusses her new Food & Family Program supported project: Gene–Microbiome–Environment Interactionsa collaborative project between Dr. Donovan and Dr. Kelly Bost. Dr. Donovan's presentation, titled “Multi-Level Effects on Children's Self-Regulation, Parental Responsive Feeding, and Family Relationships Around Mealtimes: What Is the Potential Role of the Microbiome?”, will be followed by a short Q & A session.

FRC Affiliates Receive National Institutes of Health Research Grant

Working in collaboration with researchers at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, Illinois researchers Drs. Gail Ferguson (Principal Investigator), an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, and Michelle Nelson (Co-Investigator), an Associate Professor in the Department of Advertising, were recently awarded funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for their new research project: Promoting Healthy Eating Habits in Jamaican Schools Through Food-Focused U.S. Media LiteracyThe $250,000 research grant will support the transdiciplinary project which seeks to combat the negative impact of increased U.S. media consumption on unhealthy eating habits in Jamaica. Additionally, this intervention project may also benefit future Jamaican migrants to the U.S. Click here to read more about the new project.

A Host of Common Chemicals May Endanger Child Brain Development
 Dr. Susan Schantz, PhD

In a new report featuring FRC Affiliate Dr. Susan Schantz, dozens of scientists, health practitioners, and children’s health advocates are calling for renewed attention to the growing evidence that many common and widely available chemicals endanger neurodevelopment in fetuses and children of all ages. The new report, “Project TENDR: Targeting Environmental NeuroDevelopment Risks,” appears in the journal Environmental Health PerspectivesClick here to read more.

Barbara Fiese Receives Distinguished Contribution to Family Psychology Award
 Dr. Barbara Fiese, PhD

The American Psychological Association’s (APA) Society for Couple and Family Psychology awarded Dr. Barbara Fiese with the Distinguished Contribution to Family Psychology Award. Dr. Fiese's inventive research on the importance of family dinners and on the negative familial impact of food insecurity shows how family psychology is central to public health issues. In her tenure as the Pampered Chef Endowed Chair in Family Resiliency and Director of the Family Resiliency Center, she has overseen numerous projects targeted toward families struggling to achieve better health and well-being. She has also mentored numerous students in developing systemic views on societal problems, thus ensuring a long-lasting impact in the field. Dr. Fiese is currently the editor of the field’s flagship journal, the Journal of Family Psychology and has served on numerous APA committees.

Dr. Gail Ferguson Receives the Early Career Psychologist Award
 Dr. Gail Ferguson, PhD

The FRC is pleased to annouce that FRC Affiliate Dr. Gail Ferguson recently received the Early Career Psychologist award from American Psychological Association's Division 52—International Psychology. An Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Dr. Ferguson's research focuses on 21st-century globalization and its impact on the cultural identity and well-being of adolescents and emerging adults. She also explores modern acculturation among immigrant (tridimensional acculturation) and non-immigrant (remote acculturation) youth and families, Caribbean adolescents and families on the islands and in North America, and positive adaptation of immigrant youth and families (psychological, physical, and academic adjustment).


New Website Launched

Don't forget, the FRC launched its new website in July! In case you haven't had a chance to check it out yet, we've overhauled everything. So head on over and check out some of our fantastic research projects or resources, and let us know what you think.


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