Protective Parents Project


This subproject is a transdisciplinary effort lead by Dr. Kelly Bost in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and is designed to learn about the environmental, relational, biological, and behavioral characteristics related to child and family health in the first two years of life. The project aims to learn about 18- to 24-month-old children's' temperament and self-regulation, parent-child relationships, and routines around family mealtimes.

Downloadable Overview

Protective Parents Overview PDF

Research Team

  • Kelly Bost, PhD, Principal Investigator, Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
  • Barbara Fiese, PhD, Family Resiliency Center Director, Human Development and Family Studies
  • Jaclyn Saltzman, MPH, Project Coordinator, I-TOPP Scholar, Human Development and Family Studies
  • Alyssa Parsons, Graduate Student, Research Assistant, Human Development and Family Studies


  • National Dairy Council
  • I-TOPP Seed Grant
  • Food and Family Program
  • Family Resiliency Center


Kelly Bost
Principal Investigator
Phone: 217-244-6673