Family Resiliency Center | Illinois

About

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Who We Are and What We Do

Mission | Contact | Staff |External Advisory Board | Technical Support

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. 

 

Contact

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

Email: bkoester@illinois.edu

Family Resiliency Center Staff

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Barbara FieseBarbara 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
Email: bhfiese@illinois.edu
Telephone: 217-333-7772

 

Brenda KoesterBrenda 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.
Email: bkoester@illinois.edu
Telephone: 217-244-6486

 

 

Elizabeth MosleyElizabeth Mosley, Office Manager
Email: emosley@illinois.edu
Telephone: 217-333-7772


 

 

Tyler WolpertTyler Wolpert, Visiting Communications Specialist
Email: wolpert1@illinois.edu
Telephone: 217-300-1234

 

 

 

Jen Themanson, STRONG Kids Program Coordinator
Email: jthemans@illinois.edu
Telephone: 217-244-5119

 

 

 

Kate Speirs, Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Email: kspeirs@illinois.edu
Telephone: 217-300-4487

 

 

 

Salma Musaad, Research Biostatistician
Email: smusaad@illinois.edu
Telephone: 217-244-0179

 

 

 

Meghan Fisher, STRONG Kids 2 Recruiter
Email: mfisher2@illinois.edu

 

 

 

Terry Patterson, STRONG Kids 2 Recruiter
Email: tlpatt@illinois.edu
Telephone: 217-244-5119

 

 

 

Jill Bowers, TOPRS Coordinator
Email: bowers5@illinois.edu
Telephone: 217-244-0455

 

 

Vanessa Gutierrez, Pathways Project Coordinator
Email: vgutier2@illinois.edu

 

 

 

 

Hannah Habeeb, Project Coordinator
Email: habeeb2@illinois.edu
Telephone: 217-244-8509

 

 

 

Linda Tortorelli, The Autism Program Coordinator
Email: ltortore@illinois.edu
Telephone: 217-244-0928

 

 

 

Anne HallAnne Hall, The Autism Program Resource Center Coordinator
Email: annehall@illinois.edu
Telephone: 217-244-1395

 

 

 

Anne Hall

Elizabeth Villegas, Sprouts Project Coordinator
Email: eville3@illinois.edu
Telephone: 217-265-0625

 

 

 

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
Email: jhkim21@illinois.edu