Category Archives: Center for Child and Family Well-Being

Erin Bailey on NBC15 discussing racial disparities in healthcare

SoHE News & Events: Oct 25–31

CSCS grad student Erin Bailey on NBC discussing racial disparities in healthcare | New research on Down syndrome-dementia link from Hartley | New research from Litzelman on caregiver use of social resources | Blumenstock and Papp on young adult relationship and sexual satisfaction | Raison’s Usona study begins recruiting patients | Fairbanks noted in Wisconsin Triennial review

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SoHE News & Events: Oct 18–24

A new accelerated master’s degree launches with SoHE | Bartfeld on hunger solutions for Wisconsin | Angus exhibit “dazzles” | Collins appointed to retirement task force by Governor | SoHE grad student publishes research on mindful parenting of teens | Diprete Brown wins Global Citizen Award

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SoHE News & Events: August 2-8

Washington Post Op-Ed: Material Culture & Tariffs| YouTube Children’s Videos | Golf Outing Raises $25K Dr. Sarah Anne Carter; Avocados, Tins, and Tariffs Discussion Dr. Sarah Anne Carter’s recent Washington Post piece uses material culture to relate to today’s US tariff debates. She explores the 1892 presidential campaign when Grover Cleveland used tin cards to […]

Sarah Halpern Meekin

Understanding Poverty: Getting Beyond Just Dollars and Cents

A new book by SoHE professor Sarah Halpern-Meekin proposes the idea of “social poverty” as a key factor in people’s well-being and decisions.

Stefanos Mastrotheodoros

Q&A with Visiting Scholar Stefanos Mastrotheodoros

Stefanos Mastrotheodoros is a visiting scholar from the Utrecht Centre for Child and Adolescent Studies at Utrecht University, in the Netherlands. He is spending spring 2019 working with Dr. Lauren Papp in the Center for Child and Family Well-being and the department of Human Development and Family Studies. The SoHE connection What attracted you to […]

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CCFW RESEARCH & PEACE GRANT

Mothers, Babies, and the Neural Effects of Mindfulness The prestigious PEACE Grant will fund a study led by Larissa Duncan, the Elizabeth C. Davies Chair in Child and Family Well-Being, Associate and Faculty Director for the Center for Child and Family Well-Being, and Associate Professor in Human Development and Family Studies. Considerable research supports the positive effects […]

Roxanne Etta

HDFS Grad Student Etta Joins Bouchet Society

Congratulations are in order for Roxanne Etta, graduate student in Human Development and Family Studies for induction into the prestigious Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. The Bouchet Society recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate. According to the UW-Madison Graduate School announcement, individuals were selected for […]

Mariela Quesada Centeno

SoHE Grad Student Receives Campus Honor

Update October 28, 2019: Mariela Victoria Quesada Centeno has also just been awarded the UW System-wide Outstanding Woman of Color award. Mariela Victoria Quesada Centeno, MPH, doctoral student in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) was honored on March 5 ,2019, as part of UW-Madison Outstanding Women of Color Award celebration. The award, now in […]

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SoHE News & Events: November 23-29

Cyber Monday and Technology Experts in the News   Insights to Online Holiday Deals This year’s Cyber Monday broke records with an estimated $7.9 billion spend online. SoHE’s Jerry O’Brien of the Kohl’s Center for Retailing gave his insights on Cyber Monday sales as part of a story on News 3 on what people should, […]

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SoHE News and Events: November 9-15

Wagner Discusses New AAP Guidelines  |Robb’s Student Loan Paper Published + | Alter Exhibit Extended  |  Financial Life Skills Meets the Daily Cardinal   Dr. Amy Wagner on WPR and new AAP Guidance “Helping children learn to regulate their behavior and emotions starts with adults who are able to regulate their own behavior and emotions,” […]

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New Faculty Director for CCFW

Earlier this spring the Center for Child and Family Well-Being launched a process to seek feedback about its future direction and opportunities to support high-impact research and, particularly in partnership with UW-Extension and community partners, advance the Wisconsin Idea.  During this time the Center collected helpful insights through “town hall meetings” and one-on-one conversations from a […]

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Detention at a “Tender Age”

Even though we may have all breathed a sigh of relief on June 20 with President Trump’s Executive Order ending family separations, the crisis has not ended. Even before arriving at our borders, the children in the headlines and heart-wrenching photos in the news this week were already acutely vulnerable.  It is often extreme violence […]

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SoHE News and Events: May 25 – 31

SoHE’s Olive Sagapolu is a Backflipping Extraordinaire Badger’s lineman and ukulele player Olive Sagapolu captured the hearts of all with his skillful backflipping videos on Instagram and toe-touches at basketball games. Also known as “Mr. Aloha,” Sagapolu brings joy and happiness to everyone he sees. He was recently featured in a national ESPN story that […]

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SoHE News and Events: May 18 – 24

Whelan’s Advice for New Graduates | Kirkorian Publishes Article on Toddlers and Media Professor Whelan Shares Insight on Post-Graduation Questions In a recent interview with channel 3 news, Clinical Professor Christine Whelan, Ph.D. explains the big questions new graduates should be asking themselves. She discusses the pressures of finding one “perfect job,” and instead urges […]

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Enhancing Jail Visits through Interdisciplinary Intervention

In the United States today, roughly 1 in 25 children has a parent behind bars. Millions of children visit their mother and father in prison each year. Understanding that parent-child visits have the potential to lead to increased behavior problems and anxiety in children, an interdisciplinary team of faculty is setting out to change that. […]

Centers of Excellence

Leading from the Center(s)

The SoHE Centers of Excellence play a unique role in our work. As hubs for scholarship, education, and  outreach, they build bridges across departments, campus, and communities. They empower our faculty and students to think broadly, act strategically, and create meaningful change in the world. Center for Child and Family Well-Being Working with researchers, policymakers, […]

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SoHE News and Events: April 13 – 19

Whelan answers “Does weather affect mood?” | New preschool interactive graphic   Whelan interviewed about the impact of recent snowstorms on mood Snow in spring has been frustrating. Madison News 3 TV interviewed Dr. Christine Whelan about how April snow showers impact people’s happiness. Watch the story and listen to what SoHE’s “expert in happiness” […]

University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank reads the book, "The Little Red Hen," to children at the School of Human Ecology

Open to All: Design Thinking Workshop for Little Free Library

We’re bringing a Little Free Library to One City Learning in Madison, and we need YOUR HELP!  Having opportunities to read, learn, and be curious are all extremely important for child development and family well-being. Please consider joining us for a  Design Thinking Workshop Thursday March 22nd 5:30-7:30 in Room 3115 – Nancy Nicholas Hall. At this workshop, […]

Julie Poehlmann

CCFW Affiliate Baldwin Grant Recipients

Congratulations to our CCFW Affiliates Julie Poehlmann-Tynan, & Julia Yeary for winning a Baldwin Seed Project Grant! The Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Seed Project Grants are small grants provided by the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment to “explore or expand new dimensions of existing translational outreach, community-based, and research and public engagement activities.” […]

Children and instructors interact in the School of Human Ecology Preschool Lab, which is housed in the newly renovated Nancy Nicholas Hall.

New Study: Quality Preschool Experience Provides Critical Support to Most Vulnerable Children Living in Poverty

Researchers from Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison have found that an innovative Head Start program featuring an improved curriculum and better teaching practices can help prevent increasing disparities in children’s thinking and problem solving skills over time. Dr. Robert Nix, professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and an […]

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Cancer Care, Couples and Depression: New Research

Assistant Professor Kristin Litzelman shines light on depression and spouses of cancer patients A new study from the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center highlights a troubling disparity in cancer care: the depressed spouses of cancer patients are 33 percent less likely to receive adequate treatment for depression than are patients whose spouses don’t have […]

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SoHE News and Stories: November 10 – November 16

Duncan in Mindful Mag | Raison on 10% Happier | Flanigan’s El Mercurio interview Larissa Duncan featured in Mindful Magazine Larissa Duncan, Ph.D., Elizabeth C. Davies Chair in Child & Family Well-Being and HDFS Associate Professor, has been listed as a top leader in mindfulness research in the December issue of Mindful magazine. Dr. Duncan is a […]

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Incarcerated Parents & Children: New Book

In the United States today, roughly 1 in 25 children has a parent behind bars. Julie Poehlmann-Tynan, Dorothy A. O’Brien Professor in Human Ecology, and contributors to this book bring a wide array of tools for studying the children of incarcerated adults. Sociologists and demographers apply sophisticated techniques for conducting descriptive and causal analyses, with […]

Lauren Papp

HDFS’s Lauren Papp Receives National Research Mentor Award

SoHE’s Vaughan Bascom Professor of Women, Family, and Community, Lauren Papp, is the winner of the 2017 Board on Human Sciences, Inc. (BoHS) Undergraduate Research Mentor Award. The award is part of annual honors presented to national leaders working to advance human sciences in higher education by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities as […]