FRC News

Applications for Fall 2018 STRONG Kids (HDFS 494) Research Course are being accepted now!

Published Date:March 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.

Published Date: March 23, 2018

The London School of Economics and Political Science - LSE features Family Resiliency Center research investigating the benefits and barriers to transdisciplinary graduate education.

Published Date:February 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.



Published Date: February 28, 2018

FRC February 2018 Newsletter Available!

Published Date:February 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.

Published Date: February 26, 2018

2017 FRC Annual Report Released

Published Date:February 22, 2018

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

Published Date: February 22, 2018

Environmental Influences on Children's Health and Development Webinar Available

Published Date:February 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.

Published Date: February 21, 2018

Sprouts Seeks Teachers and Childcare Providers

Published Date:January 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

Published Date: January 25, 2018

FRC Researcher Featured on West Virginia's WDTV5Q News

Published Date:January 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.

Published Date: January 9, 2018

Food for Thought: FRC Investigator Naiman Khan featured in C-U's Online Magazine Smile Politely

Published Date:January 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.

Published Date: January 3, 2018

Parents Magazine features FRC Research

Published Date:January 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!

Published Date: January 3, 2018

Positive Parenting: Happy mealtime, healthy kids

Published Date:January 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.

Published Date: January 3, 2018

How Expressing Gratitude This Thanksgiving Can Better Your Health

Author: Dr. Barbara Fiese

Published Date:November 21, 2017

Dr. Barabara Fiese, FRC Director, explains how expressing gratitude can improve your health in a new op-ed.

Published Date: November 21, 2017

A happier emotional climate at mealtimes may mean healthier food choices by children

Published Date:October 5, 2017

A new study from Family Resiliency Center researchers explores the relationship between emotional climate at mealtimes and children's food choices Read More

Published Date: October 5, 2017

Researchers investigate the impact family dynamics and relationships have on children's appetite self-regulation and how interventions offer hope for health and well-being

Author: Ryann Monahan

Published Date:September 27, 2017

Family dynamics and parental relationships can play a role in children's appetite self-regulation. This new research is important because a healthy appetite self-regulation as a child, can reduce risks for obesity and other health-risks over a lifetime. Read More

Published Date: September 27, 2017

The important role 'nature and nurture' may be playing in children's picky eating behavior

Published Date:September 15, 2017

Published Date: September 15, 2017

Researchers explore breastfeeding barriers and African American mothers

Published Date:September 14, 2017

Social norms, lack of support may keep many African American moms from breastfeeding.

Published Date: September 14, 2017

Job Opening - Visiting Project Coordinator

JOB OPENING - Visiting Project Coordinator

Published Date:September 12, 2017

The Family Resiliency Center is now accepting applications for a Visiting Project Coordinator.

Published Date: September 12, 2017

STRONG Kids/HDFS 494 undergraduate research program now accepting applications

Author: Tyler Wolpert

Published Date:March 31, 2017

The Family Resiliency Center is now accepting applications for STRONG Kids/HDFS 494, an undergraduate research program designed to provide students with first-hand experience working as part of a research team as well as to help them develop a working knowledge of the theory and applications of transdisciplinary research.

Published Date: March 31, 2017

The Autism Program and the School of Music sponsoring the Thriving With Autism piano recital

Author: Tyler Wolpert

Published Date:March 16, 2017

As a part of Autism Awareness Month this April, TAP and the School of Music are sponsoring Thriving With Autism, a piano recital featuring Illinois graduate Dr. Charles Joseph Smith. An accomplished pianist who has autism, Dr. Smith earned his bachelor’s degree at Roosevelt University in Chicago and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Published Date: March 16, 2017

Is it JUS Media? Creating a new global health intervention to combat U.S. media influences on eating habits in the Caribbean

Published Date:March 7, 2017

The small island nation of Jamaica generally conjures up images of beaches, reggae, Usain Bolt. Also Pepsi and KFC? The spread of global media and brands, particularly those from the U.S., and their influence on the lifestyles and food choices of families in Jamaica, led us to create the J(amaican) US (U.S.) Media? Programme in collaboration with Julie Meeks, Professor of Child Development and Nutrition at the University of West Indies (UWI) Open Campus. The JUS Media Programme is a new food-focused media literacy intervention for Jamaican families, designed to teach youth and parents how to question the food messages in media and advertising, especially U.S. cable, to be smarter and healthier.

Published Date: March 7, 2017

HDFS student exploring highly sweetened beverage consumption in developing regions

Author: Tyler Wolpert

Published Date:February 27, 2017

HDFS student and Abriendo Caminios research assistant Ryan Walton is combining his work with the Global Brigades, an organization that helps provide comprehensive health services in developing regions, with his research into highly sweetened beverage consumption and health outcomes.

Published Date: February 27, 2017