Family Resiliency Center | Illinois


Family Resiliency Center Food for Thought

The mission of the series is to have attendees think outside their comfort zone by learning about techniques, methods, or problems they would not normally encounter in their daily research activities. Speakers are purposely drawn from nationally recognized scholars and practitioners who work on collaborative teams. Speakers are instructed to prepare fewer than 9 power point slides, can speak for no more than 20 minutes, and must address challenges working on interdisciplinary teams.

2012-2013 Schedule

December 6, 2013

Speaker: Dr. Rachel Gordon, Professor, Sociology & Institute of Government & Public Affairs, University of Illinois-Chicago

Topic: "From Research Lab to Public Policy: What's the Validity Evidence for Measures of Child Care and Preschool Quality?"

February 15, 2013

Speaker: Dr. Sara Gable, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, University of Missouri

Topic: "Family Style Meal Service: Still Best Practice in Child Care Settings"

November 16, 2012

Speaker: Dr. Donna Cox, Professor and Director of the eDREAM Institute and Advanced Visualization Laboratory

Topic: "The Art of Scientific Visualization"

2011-2012 Schedule

December 2, 2011

Speaker: Dr. Monika Stodolska, Associate Professor, Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism in the College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Topic: "Staying Active, Staying Healthy: Challenges and Opportunities for Minority Residents of Urban Communities


September 9, 2011

Speaker: Dr. Robert Stawski, Faculty Research Fellow in the Survey Research Center and Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan

Topic: "The Multiple Roles of Cognition in Stress and Health Research: Opportunities for Human Development and Family Studies"


2010-2011 Schedule

October 22, 2010

Speaker: Dr. Brittany Duff, PhD, Assistant Professor & Dr. Michelle R. Nelson, PhD, Associate Professor, Charles H. Sandage, Department of Advertising, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Topic: "Advertising: Friend or Foe of Healthy Eating"

2009-2010 Schedule

October 2, 2009

Speaker: Dr. Karrie Karahalios, PhD, Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Topic: "Use of Technology in Social Science Research"

November 6, 2009

Speaker: Dr. Joshua Smyth, PhD, Professor, Social and Clinical Health, Department of Psychology and Senior Scientist, Center for Health and Behavior, Syracuse University

Topic: "Taking it to the Streets: Multidisciplinary Apprach to Ecologically Valid Health Research"

 February 12, 2010

Speaker: Dr. Craig Gundersen, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Topic: "Food Insecurity and Food Assistance Programs: Research Directions"




Faculty and graduate students affiliated with the Family Resiliency Center will have opportunities to learn about new research approaches and insights needed to conduct interdisciplinary work.