Center for Child and Family Well-Being

About the Center

Families and the people who serve them often have difficulty accessing research information and using it to improve practices and policies. At the same time, the quality and relevance of research are significantly enhanced when it is informed by families and those who work with them. The Center acts as a vehicle through which the University is able to create and share knowledge as well as capitalize on expertise found outside the University to promote healthy human development and family life.

The Center provides research opportunities for faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students in departments across the UW-Madison campus in cooperation with researchers and policymakers in state and federal government, foundations, and community-based nonprofit organizations. Undergraduate collaborations with community-based organizations include opportunities to provide counseling and education in local communities, as well as independent studies and internships.

Mission

The Center for Child and Family Well-Being seeks to respond to critical issues faced by family members and those who serve them. Specific goals include:

  1. Being a multidisciplinary leader in family studies and programs with a focus on the well-being and development of individuals and families in Wisconsin and the world
  2. Conducting high quality applied research that furthers the understanding of family issues
  3. Providing a platform for the dissemination and integration of best practices through outreach to practitioners and policymakers
  4. Training the next generation of practitioners, policymakers, and researchers on issues related to individual and family well-being
  5. Coordinating use of the Frances and Elliot Lehman Family Research Center

Center Leadership Team

 

Larissa Duncan, Faculty Director
larissa.duncan@wisc.edu
608-263-4026

 

A photo of Janean Dilwort-Bart

 

Janean Dilworth-Bart, Prenatal to Five Chair
jedilworth@wisc.edu
608-262-9770

 

Heather Kirkorian

 

Heather Kirkorian, Child Development Lab Faculty Director
kirkorian@wisc.edu
608-263-4020

 

Amy Lee Wagner

 

Amy Wagner, Child Development Lab Executive Director
amy.wagner@wisc.edu
608-890-4253

Picture of Kristin Litzelman

 

Kristin Litzelman, Core Research Faculty & UW-Extension Integrated Specialist Representative
litzelman@wisc.edu
608-262-3314

Center Staff

Graduate student Ashleigh Grendziak
Ashleigh Grendziak, Project Assistant
grendziak@wisc.edu

 

 

Check out our YouTube page for videos from the Families and Well-Being Seminar Series and Conference for Contemplative Practices to Promote Child and Family Well-Being!

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For general inquiries, please email us at familycenter@mail.sohe.wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 890-3259

Address: 
Center for Child and Family Well-Being
4264 Nancy Nicholas Hall
1300 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706