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  • 5/14/2018

    September 4-5, 2018 at the I-Hotel and Conference Center.

    The first 1,000 days of life - the time spanning roughly between conception and a child’s second birthday - is a unique period of opportunity when the foundations of optimum health, growth, and neurodevelopment across the lifespan are established. Environmental exposures, including nutrition, stress, and environmental toxins, can interact with the child’s genetics during the first 1,000 days of a child’s life to have lifelong implications on their physical, mental and emotional health. Learn more about basic and applied transdisciplinary research being conducted at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign that is addressing this critical window of development using a cells-to society framework.

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  • 5/11/2018

    Register here!

    Join NITR for a webinar on Jun 06, 2018 at 12:00PM CST.

    This webinar will be conducted by Family Resiliency Center affiliate Dr. Brent McBride, director of the Child Development Laboratory and professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. McBride studies the role of child care contexts in influencing children’s obesity and inappropriate weight gain during the early childhood years. This webinar will address critical issues related to healthful nutrition and feeding practices in early care and education settings. Dr. McBride will provide an introduction to the concept of healthful nutrition and feeding practices in early care and education settings and summarize research related to teacher/caregiver use of controlling and restrictive feeding practices, the role of teacher/caregiver verbal comments during mealtimes and their impact on nutritional intake, and the role of parent-teacher/caregiver partnerships regarding children’s nutritional intake and self-regulation. This webinar will be structured to allow for dialogue with virtual participants.

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

  • 4/27/2018
    Culinary programs in schools are improving eating habits, food preferences, and cooking skills among children. Culinary programing in schools are limited and often delivered inconsistently, but a new review of culinary interventions with children in schools shows they bring a variety of benefits to the children who receive them, according to research authored by Henna Muzaffar, RD, PhD, with the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
  • 4/25/2018
    From award winners to newly published FRC research that shows a relationship between family food involvement and children’s eating behaviors, this newsletter showcases FRC highlights from April 2018.
  • 4/24/2018
    The Family Resiliency Center is seeking a student intern to work 10 hours per week on a variety of communication projects. The intern will be responsible for graphic design work creating promotional materials for FRC using Adobe Creative Cloud software, with an emphasis on InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop. The intern will also help develop, execute a multi-platform social media communication plan. Experience with photography and video production is appreciated. Previous academic studies and coursework in graphic design is required. Previous academic studies and coursework in social media is preferred. Intern will start as soon as possible, with the potential for summer work.
  • 4/11/2018
    FRC team members Dr. Brent McBride, Dr. Soo-Yeun Lee, Dr. Gail Ferguson, and Cathy Cherry were among those recognized at ACES 2018 Funk Award Banquet.
  • 4/11/2018
    FRC team members Dr. Brent McBride, Dr. Soo-Yeun Lee, Dr. Gail M. Ferguson, and Cathy Cherry are honored with University of Illinois College of ACES and Paul A. Funk Recognition Awards.
  • 4/9/2018
    Margarita Teran-Garcia, MD, PhD, in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate for the Abriendo Caminos Program starting summer or fall 2018. Please send a cover letter with research interests, current CV, and two recommendation letters from former supervisors (within last 3 years of employment) to Dr. Margarita Teran-Garcia at
  • 3/28/2018
    Check out the new Christopher Family Foundation Food and Family Program Project: Fathers' Roles at Family Mealtimes. The project will investigate the relationship between father-child interactions at mealtimes and children’s healthy eating habits. Plus, our FRC Student Spotlight has shared an incredible recipe.
  • 3/23/2018
    This year-long supervised research course provides students with first-hand experience working as part of a research team and develops a working knowledge of the theory and applications of transdisciplinary research. Students are provided with an overview of research program issues; develop oral and written communication skills, data management skills, team building skills, critical thinking skills, and professional work environment skills; trained in mixed methods relevant to factors that contribute to child and family health; identify opportunities and barriers in transdisciplinary team work; and prepare a scientific presentation that reflects the knowledge of transdisciplinary science gained through working on actual research projects.
  • 2/28/2018

    London School of Economics and Political Science blog (LSE Impact Blog) features two recent research articles about the evaluation of the I-TOPP program. Anna- Sigrid Keck, Stephanie Sloane, Janet M. Liechty, Barbara H. Fiese, and Sharon M. Donovan designed a structured doctoral programme focused on transdisciplinary research and compared students’ publication patterns to students in traditional programmes.



  • 2/26/2018

    A new course is giving students unique access to experts in the global food regulation find out what's new with the Children's Environmental Health Center (CEHC) at Illinois. Also, don't miss out on this month's featured recipes from the National Dairy Council. All that and more, in the February 2018 newsletter.

  • 2/22/2018

    The 2017 FRC Annual Report is now available online. Click here to read about the exciting research and outreach programs at FRC.

  • 2/21/2018

    The University-Based Child & Family Policy Consortium webinar "Environmental Influences on Children's Health and Development" is now available.  Family Resiliency Center Director Dr. Barbara Fiese, Assistant Director Brenda Koester, and University of Illinois at Chicago's Dr. Susan Buchanan presented the webinar Wednesday, February 14, 2018. To watch a recording of the webinar, please click here to view it on SRCD’s YouTube channel. The Impact Report referenced during the presentation is available here.

  • 1/25/2018

    Sprouts is currently looking for teachers and center-based child care providers who work with children ages 4-6 years and have at least 3 years of experience to review the Sprouts curriculum online and complete a 1-1.5 hour phone interview with us to provide feedback. Contact: Ashley Neef | Email: | Phone: 217-300-6636 More information can be found here

  • 1/9/2018
    Happy meal times may equal healthy choices for kids. Family Resiliency Center research lead by Jaclyn Saltzman is featured on West Virginia’s WDTV5Q News.
  • 1/3/2018
    Champaign-Urbana's Online Magazine, C-U Politely features an inside look at Family Resiliency Center researcher Dr. Naiman Khan. Dr. Khan's research through the Body Composition and Nutritional Neuroscience laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is will contribute to the FRC's STRONG Kids project, a longitudinal research project studying the relationship between biology and environment in an effort to prevent and combat childhood obesity.
  • 1/3/2018
    How Your Mood Can Effect Your Kid's Eating: Parents Magazine features Family Resiliency Center published work on the topic. Check it out and learn more!
  • 1/3/2018
    Family Resiliency Center researcher Jaclyn Saltzman featured on WFMX-TV news report discussing new research suggesting if parents can create a positive environment at mealtime, children reap the health benefits. Jaclyn Saltzman, MPH University of Illinois Family Resiliency Center, and her colleagues studied the habits of 75 families with 3 year olds. "Families that had a more positive mealtime emotional climate also had children who ate about one more serving of healthy food," Saltzman said.
  • 11/21/2017Dr. Barbara Fiese writer Dr. Barbara Fiese by Dr. Barbara Fiese published by Dr. Barbara Fiese
    Dr. Barabara Fiese, FRC Director, explains how expressing gratitude can improve your health in a new op-ed.