Family Resiliency Center | Illinois


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The Family Resiliency Center is dedicated to advancing knowledge and practices that strengthen families’ abilities to meet life’s challenges and thrive. The Center accomplishes this through research, outreach, and education centered around four themes: 

  • Child and Family Health and Wellbeing
  • Child Care as a Resource
  • Immigrant Families and Their Children
  • Positive Child and Youth Development

The Family Resiliency Center was established in 2006. It is an academic unit of the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences within the Department of Human and Community Development. 


Family Resiliency Center
Doris Kelley Christopher Hall
904 W. Nevada St. MC-081
Urbana, IL 61801
P: 217-333-7772 | F: 217-333-9061

Family Resiliency Center Staff

Barbara H. Fiese, Professor and Director; The Pampered Chef, Ltd. Endowed Chair in Family Resiliency
Barbara Fiese was named Director of the Family Resiliency Center in August 2008. She is Professor of Human Development and Family Studies in the Department of Human and Community Development and holds affiliated appointments in the Departments of Psychology and Pediatrics
Telephone: 217-333-7772



Brenda Davis Koester, Assistant Director
Brenda Koester holds a BS in Speech Communication and an M.S. in Labor and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Telephone: 217-244-6486




Tyler WolpertTyler Wolpert, Visiting Communications Specialist
Telephone: 217-300-1234





Jen Themanson, STRONG Kids Program Coordinator
Telephone: 217-244-5119





Kate Speirs, Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Telephone: 217-300-4487





Salma Musaad, Research Biostatistician
Telephone: 217-244-0179




Meghan Fisher, STRONG Kids 2 Recruiter





Terry Patterson, STRONG Kids 2 Recruiter
Telephone: 217-244-5119





Hannah Habeeb, Project Coordinator
Telephone: 217-244-8509




Linda Tortorelli, The Autism Program Coordinator
Telephone: 217-244-0928





Anne HallAnne Hall, The Autism Program Resource Center Coordinator
Telephone: 217-244-1395




External Advisory Board

Gary Evans, PhD
Elizabeth Lee Vincent Professor, College of Human Ecology
Cornell University

Andrew Fuligni, PhD
Professor in Residence, Developmental Psychology
Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Professor in Residence, Semel Institute
University of California Los Angeles

Marlene Schwartz, PhD
Deputy Director
Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity
Yale University

Thomas S. Weisner, PhD
Professor and Director, UCLA Center for Culture and Health
University of California Los Angeles

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Technical Support

James Kim, Manager of Systems Services