Category Archives: Center for Child and Family Well-Being

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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. […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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SoHE News and Stories: August 28 – September 3

Check out what’s going on in SoHE this week! HDFS Professor Raison Interviewed on MDMA as PTSD Treatment SoHE Professor Dr. Charles Raison was interviewed by Channel 3 news on his research regarding MDMA, also known as Ecstasy, as a possible treatment for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The Food and Drug Administration has referred […]

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SoHE News & Stories: May 25 – June 1

Check out what’s happening at SoHE this week! Professor Duncan Shares Research Results Catching the attention of the New York Times, HDFS associate professor Dr. Larissa Duncan recently released results from her research on the potential benefits of mindful childbirth classes for expectant mothers. Many first-time parents experience labor-related anxiety and fears of postpartum depression […]

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Postpartum Depression May Be Prevented When Mindfulness Is Part of Childbirth Education

A new study from researchers at UW-Madison and University of California-San Francisco shows mindfulness training that addresses fear and pain during childbirth improves childbirth experiences and lessens depression symptoms both during pregnancy and the early postpartum period. This rigorous new study comparing mainstream childbirth education with childbirth education including mindfulness skills points to the benefits […]

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

Prenatal to Five Summit: Register Now

Early is the Answer: Prenatal to five is key to unlock disparities for Wisconsin’s children Madison, WI — On June 2, 2017 Wisconsin’s first statewide Prenatal-to-Five Summit will bring together practitioners, early childhood professionals, scholars, and community members to focus on a critical question: “How can we ensure all Wisconsin children thrive?” The event – […]

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Young Children and Screen Media: What does the Science Say?

What are the effects during infancy and early childhood? Media has had a huge impact on families. A group of leading learning scientists including Assistant Professor Heather Kirkorian provide new findings in the field, and examine the effects of broad-based media on early child development by highlighting the role of content and context on learning and development […]

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Fashion, Fun and Sustainable Living

The Center for Child and Family Well-Being at the University of Wisconsin-Madison enthusiastically invites the public to attend our annual RePLAY: Sustainable Kids’ Fashion Show and Educational Play Event. RePLAY will be held at Nancy Nicholas Hall, School of Human Ecology, Sunday December 11 from 3:00-5:00 pm. The event is free, family-friendly, and open to […]

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RePLAY: Sustainable Kids Fashion Show & Educational Play Event

The Center for Child and Family Well-Being is currently planning the 4th Annual RePLAY event for Sunday, December 11th from 3-5pm! RePLAY starts with a sustainable kids fashion show, for which we’ve hand chosen clothing items from thrift stores and children’s consignment shops around Madison for the children to model. Children will be escorted down the […]

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Planning A Statewide Prenatal to Five Initiative

The Center for Child and Family Well-Being at the UW-Madison School of Human Ecology, in collaboration with the UW-Madison School of Education, the College of Letters and Science, and School of Medicine and Public Health, UW System and Extension colleagues, and statewide community partners, is currently in the planning phases of an exciting statewide “Prenatal […]

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SoHE Moves for Social Change: A Family Series

  SoHE Moves 4 Social Change Series: An EcoWell Family-Oriented Series April 2, 9, 16, and 23 3:30-5pm Room 2235 $5 per Family per workshop – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Questions? Contact: Dave Metler, EcoWell Coordinator metler@wisc.edu   Do you love DANCE, FOOT MASSAGES, SOUND HEALING AND SOCIAL CHANGE? We are thrilled to invite you to the […]

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Dorothy A. O’Brien Professorship in Human Ecology

The Dorothy A. O’Brien Professorship in Human Ecology is a joint gift given in 2015 by O’Brien (BS ’70 Home Economics Journalism) and her husband, Richard Antoine, to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Human Ecology (SoHE). For O’Brien, the professorship is an investment in researching long-term solutions to the current issues facing individuals, communities […]

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Catalytic Gift Creates Endowed Chair

“She was the essence of family, professionally and personally.” That’s how Elizabeth Holloway Schar ’75 describes her late Aunt Betty, the inspiration for the Elizabeth C. Davies Chair in Child & Family Well-Being, a position endowed by Elizabeth and husband Mark Schar with a “Morgridge Match.” In fall 2014, John and Tashia Morgridge gifted $100 […]