Family Resiliency Center | Illinois

About

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Who We Are and What We Do

Mission | Contact | Staff |External Advisory Board

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


 

 

Laura Schmitt, Communications manager
Email:  lschmitt@illinois.edu
Telephone:  217-244-6292

 

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

 

Henna MuzaffarHenna Muzaffar, Post-doctoral research associate
Email:  muzaffa1@illinois.edu

 

 

 

 

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

 

Julia ValliantJulia DeBruicker Valliant, COTC I-Kids Children's Environmental Health Research Center project coordinator
Email:  jdv@illinois.edu
Telephone:  217-300-3485

 

 

Meghan Fisher, STRONG Kids2 recruiter
Email:  mfisher2@illinois.edu

 

Terry Patterson, STRONG Kids2 recruiter
Email:  tlpatt@illinois.edu
Telephone:  217-244-5119

 

Gayatri Satam, SPROUTS: Growing Healthy Habits Curriculum project coordinator
Email:  satam1@illinois.edu

 

Vanessa Gutierrez, Pathways project coordinator
Email:  vgutier2@illinois.edu

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

 

 

Linda TortorelliLinda 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

 



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

Robert BJ Moore, Manager of Systems Services
Email:  ds-ccsg@illinois.edu
Telephone:  217-244-2883