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Family Social Science Research and Outreach Projects

ADAPT - After Deployment, Adaptive Parenting Tools
Developed with the MN National Guard and Reserves, ADAPT provides tools and resources to help families as they cope with the stress of deployment and reintegration.
Faculty: Dr. Abigail Gewirtz
Adolescent & Young Adult Health-Related Behaviors & Family Development
Utilizing data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health to explore the experiences and family relationships of youth who describe themselves as risk-takers.
Faculty: Dr. Jodi Dworkin
Ambit Network
Ambit Network works with communities to use researched-based prevention and intervention techniques to increase children's ability to cope with trauma.
Faculty: Dr. Abigail Gewirtz
Applying Critical Thinking
A tool demonstrating how critical thinking levels can be applied to reflect on, analyze, and compare information presented in any form of media and art.
Faculty: Dr. William Goodman
Baby Boomers for Balanced Health Care
A citizen group from the baby boomer generation focused on challenging the cultural belief that more health care is better health care.
Faculty: Dr. Bill Doherty
Birthdays Without Pressure
A citizen action group of parents and professionals addressing the excess involved in children's birthday celebrations.
Faculty: Dr. Bill Doherty
Bolivian Health & Well-Being
A community-based participatory evaluation research project is being developed and will be pilot tested and refined through field work in Bolivia.
Faculty: Dr. Catherine Solheim
Children, Youth, and Families at Risk Professional Development and Technical Assistance Center (CYFAR PDTA)
Through the development and provision of proactive technical assistance, resources, trainings, and tools, the Center builds the capacity of CYFAR grantees by increasing the overall positive impacts of the CYFAR Initiative’s efforts.
Faculty: Dr. Lynne Borden
Citizen Professional Center
Resources to prepare professionals, students, and community members for effective demographic engagement with communities.
Faculty: Dr. Bill Doherty
College Students & Money Management Issues
The purpose of this research project is to investigate college student’s money management practices with a specific interest in students of color.
Faculty: Dr. Virginia Zuiker
Community-Based Participatory Research to Decrease Smoking Prevalence in a High Risk Young Adult Population
Students Against Nicotine and Tobacco Addiction (SANTA) is an action research project that engages local medical and mental health providers in partnership with students, teachers, and administrators in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Job Corps community to reduce on-campus smoking.
Faculty: Dr. Tai Mendenhall
Community School Connections
A Twin Cities area network of school district staff, community leaders, and staff from the University of Minnesota who assist immigrant parents with the task of navigating the school system.
Faculty: Dr. Sara Axtell
Critical Conversations About Financing Long Term Care
A research-based curriculum to increase knowledge and skills about long term care risk, costs, and financing alternatives.
Faculty: Dr. Marlene Stum
East Metro American Indian Diabetes Initiative
Faculty: Dr. Tai Mendenhall
ECFE Program Evaluation Collaboration
A collaboratively-developed evaluation instrument and process for ECFE sites interested in assessing the short term effectiveness of their ECFE programs. The project also collects data for a broader understanding of ECFE effectiveness and program quality at regional and statewide levels.
Faculty: Dr. Susan Walker
Economic Well-Being of Diverse Families Residing in the United States
This research agenda is to understand the economic well-being of diverse families residing in the United States, as a whole, and in Minnesota. Specifically, this research examines economic and management issues that affect individuals and families well-being.
Faculty: Dr. Virginia Zuiker
Elder Family Financial Exploitation Project
To learn about cases when elderly people are victims of financial exploitation by someone in their own family.
Faculty: Dr. Marlene Stum
Families, Culture, Communities, & Environment
The impact of globalization on the Mekong River and the villagers’ ways of living.
Faculty: Dr. Catherine Solheim
Family Assets for Independence Minnesota
This study seeks to understand savings behavior in low-wage working families.
Faculty: Dr. Catherine Solheim
Family Businesses and the Self-Employed
This research project examines the self-employed versus wage and salary earners, family businesses owners, and financial management issues that affect individuals and families economic well-being.
Faculty: Dr. Virginia Zuiker
Family Communication Project
A study of how parent-child communication can promote the health and well-being of children, with the goal to understand how parent-child communication operates differently across various kinds of families, including traditional families, step-families, adoptive families, and families created through assisted reproductive technology (ART).
Faculty: Dr. Martha Rueter
Family Formation Project
This project sought effective strategies to support urban unmarried new parent couples who aspire to form families and who say that marriage is a goal for their relationship.
Faculty: Dr. Bill Doherty
Family Education Diabetes Series
This study is an example of the effort to work together to transcend conventional top-down, service-delivery approaches to care.
Faculty: Dr. Tai Mendenhall
Family Inheritance Project
To examine the meaning and experience of inheritance decisions from the perspective of older parents, adult children, and siblings.
Faculty: Dr. Marlene Stum
Financial Education Evaluation
This resource is designed to provide assessment and evaluation resources for community professionals who are delivering financial capability education programs.
Faculty: Dr. Catherine Solheim
Financial Educator Certificate Program
Online program equips community-based professionals with knowledge and skills to work with people to manage financial resources, build financial assets, and improve financial health and well-being.
Faculty: Dr. Catherine Solheim
Financial Management and Savings Behavior
This multi-state research project explores the economic and psychological influences on family savings behavior, including preferences for savings strategies. Findings will potentially provide input to asset development policy and financial industry products.
Faculty: Dr. Catherine Solheim
Financing Long Term Care: How to Identify Financial Security Goals for Later Life
Unbiased, research-based information and decision-making tools about long term care risk, costs, and financing alternatives.
Faculty: Dr. Marlene Stum
Hmong Women United Against Depression
This initiative's mission is to tap the wisdom and resources of the St. Paul Hmong community to empower, support, encourage, and offer hope to Hmong women and their families who live with depression.
Faculty: Dr. Tai Mendenhall
Immigrant Family Resource Management
This research project examines financial management behavior of Minnesota’s recent immigrant families in the context of cultural beliefs, gender roles, and environmental supports and constraints.
Faculty: Dr. Catherine Solheim
Invest Now: Money in Retirement
Invest NOW: Money in Retirement is an online course designed to help make sense of all of the jargon about investment and retirement. 
Faculty: Dr. Sharon Danes
Mexican Agricultural Workers in Minnesota
This bi-national research project examines transnational work and family issues of Mexican agricultural workers in southern Minnesota and their families in Minnesota and Mexico.
Faculty: Dr. Catherine Solheim
Military REACH
A collaboration with the United States Department of Defense’s Office of Family Policy, utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach integrating both research and outreach to support those who work with and on behalf of military families.
Faculty: Dr. Lynne Borden
Minnesota Couples on the Brink Project
Develops, disseminates, and evaluates best practices to help couples at high risk for divorce who are uncertain whether to divorce or to try to rebuild their marriage.
Faculty: Dr. Bill Doherty
Minnesota Health Care Directive
A planning tool used to identify end-of-life preferences and wishes, and to identify who you want to make decisions for you if you are medically unable.
Faculty: Dr. Marlene Stum
Parenting 2.0
This project is interested in gaining a better understanding of the ways in which, and the reasons why, parents use technology. Ongoing studies of technology use and parent story-gathering are featured.
Faculty: Dr. Jodi Dworkin
Parenting Together Project
This study examined whether a group educational intervention during the transition to parenthood can enhance the quality of father-child interaction and increase father involvement with their children.
Faculty: Dr. Bill Doherty
Rural Minnesota Life
A website that helps address the far reaching effects that changes in Minnesota have on family farms, rural businesses, rural families and rural communities.
Faculty: Dr. Sharon Danes
Seminar for Parents: Alcohol Use on Campus
Free online course designed to provide parents of college students with information and tools to support and empower successful transitions to college, increasing responsibility, and good decision-making skills.
Faculty: Dr. Jodi Dworkin
Seminar for Parents: Finances
Free online course for parents to understand how to talk with their college student children about making responsible decisions when it comes to managing their finances.
Faculty: Dr. Jodi Dworkin
Sibling Interaction and Behavior Study
An on-going, longitudinal study of 400 adoptive families and 200 non-adoptive (biological) families aimed at understanding family environment and genetic influences on adolescent adjustment.
Faculty: Dr. Martha Rueter
Social Networks and Child Adjustment
The purpose of this study is to examine the impact social and family networks has on children’s adjustment, especially children’s educational achievement.
Faculty: Dr. Zha Blong Xiong
SoCS: Collaborative Research: Novel Algorithms and Interaction Mechanisms to Enhance Social Production
The design of social media to enhance family engagement in early learning.
Faculty: Dr. Susan Walker
STEEP Project
Efforts to change socio-cultural norms and practices through policy development and implementation to decrease tobacco use, promote healthy eating, and change active lifestyles in the four Southeast Asian communities in Minnesota.
Faculty: Dr. Zha Blong Xiong
Study of Healthy Youth Experimentation
This project includes collecting focus group data from teenagers and parents of teenagers from across Minnesota, to better understand youths’ experiences exploring a variety of behaviors, and the experiences of parents raising youth who are exploring.
Faculty: Dr. Jodi Dworkin
Teen Link
Searchable database of resources on teen issues. Developed as a means for educators, parents, teachers, youth and professionals working with adolescents to obtain quick access to books, journal articles and web sites addressing teen issues.
Faculty: Dr. Jodi Dworkin
Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Intervention in the Hmong Community
The goal of this two year project is to test the effectiveness of the Making Proud Choices or Kev Xaiv Curriculum with Hmong American youth in middle school and the best practices identified by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy with Hmong second-generation young parents.
Faculty: Dr. Zha Blong Xiong
Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate?
Practical information about improving family decision-making about inheritance of personal property.
Faculty: Dr. Marlene Stum
Youth for Change
The goal of this three year project is to engage youth and young adults to be leaders focusing on policy work while empowering positive changes within the Southeast Asian communities through policy, empowerment, and advocacy.
Faculty: Dr. Zha Blong Xiong