Doris Kelley Christopher Hall

The Family Resiliency Center is housed in Doris Kelley Christopher Hall, which opened in 2006 on the east edge of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus. Classrooms, project rooms, and a studio offer researchers and students innovative spaces to collaborate and learn.

As part of FRC’s community outreach endeavors, Christopher Hall is also home to The Autism Program (TAP), which serves as a gateway between the University of Illinois and the local community in the realm of autism spectrum disorders for families and professionals. In this welcoming space, visitors have access to free educational and training materials as well as staff consultations.

Discover our building spaces


An instructor at the front of the classroom, teaching and smiling

Christopher Hall has three classrooms for researchers that are equipped with full audiovisual capabilities and wireless internet access. Additionally, one classroom has an assistive listening service for students.

Control Room

The control room houses the video control panel for the observational recording system, which can capture up to seven different views of the scene. A split-screen view, multiple recordings with different views, and close-up recordings can be used for each research project. Afterward, the recordings can be saved digitally.

Project Spaces

Three project spaces are available for use by the multidisciplinary research teams at FRC. Each one is equipped with work stations, secure storage and filing systems, work tables, and telephone network access.

Research Home


A family at the Research Home of the Family Resiliency Center

The research home is a unique observational facility designed to simulate a family home. Researchers may use the fully equipped kitchen and the dining and living areas. The space has a television and DVD player as well as an adjoining interview room. In addition, the observational area is equipped with seven unobtrusive video cameras and seven wired microphones that allow for 360-degree recordings of the interactions that occur among family members, couples, and groups. Wireless microphones, digital voice recorders, and high-definition video recorders are also available.


Individuals attending a screening at the Studio space at Christopher Hall

Researchers also have access to the studio, a multipurpose meeting space that has full audiovisual and assistive listening capabilities and can serve as a space for instruction, seminars, and conferences. The studio houses a portable videoconferencing system and is equipped with specialized room-darkening shades, portable lighting, wireless internet access, and video cameras.


The Courtyard at Doris Kelley Christopher Hall

The charming Courtyard on the west side of Christopher Hall is an area where students, staff, and faculty can study, eat, socialize, and even conduct meetings. Located just outside the lobby and study areas of the building, the space is also ideal for festive occasions at Christopher Hall. 

Long table in the Conference Room at Doris Kelley Christopher Hall

Doris Kelley Christopher Hall at Illinois