Child & Family Research Center

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The primary focus of the Child & Family Research Center is on the promotion of social-emotional competence and the prevention of school failure and psychopathology in children and adolescents. These goals are addressed from the perspectives of socialization in family, peer and school environments. Our research primarily uses two approaches. The first is longitudinal research to identify risk and protective factors related to a range of adjustment problems during child and adolescent development, particularly in the context of socioeconomic disadvantage. The second entails the utilization of risk analyses to inform the development and evaluation of preventive and clinical interventions targeting family, peer and school processes.


Previous and ongoing projects include three longitudinal grants and one fellowship all funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, and implemented with the collaboration with the Oregon Social Learning Center, the Child and Family Center at the University of Oregon, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Projects in the lab also apply knowledge derived from the longitudinal risk and protective factor research to local community agencies serving children and families. One aspect of this applied focus entails consultation on program development and evaluation of the Wichita Early Head Start Program for the last 10 years. This project not only promotes child development (0-3), but also provides educational and other services needed to promote school readiness, and increase the self sufficiency and cohesion of at-risk families. A second recent, applied project involved the delivery and evaluation of a teacher training intervention for Head Start to enhance teachers classroom behavior management skills in order to promote school readiness in 3-5 year old children.


Useful Links:

The Child and Family Center at the University of Oregon


The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


The Oregon Social Learning Center


The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


Wichita Child Start