Research, Practice, Policy: Building, Translating & Disseminating the Evidence Base

The Family Resiliency Center at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign is home to cutting-edge research, education, and outreach initiatives that enrich the well-being of children, youth, families, and communities. Discover some of our projects below.

Empowerment and Participatory Approaches to Building Agency Evaluation Capacity

This project aims to strengthen evaluation capacity for mental health, substance use disorder, and developmental disability service agencies in Champaign County, fostering a culture of continuous improvement through participatory and empowerment approaches.
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Building the Next Generation of Engaged Researchers: Utilizing Youth Participatory Action Research to Engage Teens in Community Policy Change

This collaborative project across researchers at Illinois, UIC, and Extension aims to build research and policy skills and attitudes among youth ages 13-18 to inform local and state programs and policies impacting young people.
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Building capacity, one toolbox at a time: A pair of recent awards promote community-campus collaboration through youth participatory action research

Mental health struggles, body image issues, incidents of bullying—these are just some of the topics that groups of high school students in Champaign-Urbana and Danville, Ill., are currently exploring as their collective research interest.
A COVID-19 Cell

COVID-19 Thorns & Silver Linings for Mental Health & Vaccine Uptake: A Mixed-Method Study

This project provides an evidence base for how families, youth, and child care providers have coped with COVID-19, as well as how they will continue to cope with this pandemic and adjust to it.
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Optimizing a Mindful Intervention for Urban Minority Youth via Stress Physiology

This study investigates how mindfulness practices (breathing, meditation) beneficially impact stress physiology of underlying externalizing behaviors among low-income, largely minority adolescents relative to health education programming.

Family Resiliency Center Research


The Family Resiliency Center's many projects, programs, research, and education initiatives have a long history. Linked below are extended connections to those projects.