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Call for Proposals

The Family Resiliency Center will be awarding seed grant funding through the Christopher Family Foundation Food and Family Program. The Food and Family Program is designed to support innovative interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research that can unravel the complex connections between the family environment and healthy active lifestyles for all. We expect to fund up to three proposals for $50,000 each. The grant period will begin June 15, 2016 and will be for 18 months. Proposals are due on March 31st and more information on the funding and how to apply can be found here.

Postdoctoral Research Positions Available

The FRC is seeking to fill up to two postdoctoral positions to commence as early as August 2016. Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in the following areas: 

  • Early childhood nutrition
  • Prevention of childhood obesity
  • Family factors that contribute to healthy eating habits in the first three years of life
  • Longitudinal data analysis

The fellowship provides opportunities for early career development, publication, and supervision by national leaders in human development and family studies, nutritional sciences, and experience working on interdisciplinary teams. Candidates should have completed a doctoral degree in human development/family studies, nutritional sciences, psychology, education, economics, or a related field. Those interested can find more information here.

The Autism Program Hosts Webinar for Illinois 4-H and Youth Development Staff

TAP Director Linda Torterelli and Graduate Student Sarah Curtiss conducted a webinar Friday, March 4th on understanding children with autism spectrum disorders for the Illinois 4-H and Youth Development staff. Participants had an engaging discussion with great questions and ideas about strategies for helping youth practice skills that they need today and will continue to need the rest of their lives. For more information on TAP and the critical services they provide our community, please visit their website.

Linda Torterelli and Sarah Curtiss leading the webinar
Transition to Child Care Easier When Parents and Providers Form Partnerships

The transition from parental care to a childcare provider can be emotional and difficult for both parents and children. A recent study supported by the Family Resiliency Center shows that a partnership between parent and child care providers makes transition to child care easier and helps in the child’s development. Research also suggests that the transition can be smoother if providers and programs think of the whole family’s experience to best help children make a peaceful transition to non-parental care. More information on the study and its findings can be found here.

Implementing Health Promotion Programs in Alternative Schools
HDFS Graduate Student Jaclyn Saltzman 

Recently published in the School of Social Work Journal, HDFS Graduate Student Jaclyn Saltzman (lead author), Associate Professor Janet Liechty, and Undergraduate Researcher Elizabeth Badskey explored using community partnerships in implementing health behavior promotion in alternative schools. Click here to read more about the study's findings.