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Bringing together a focus on families

The Center for Families receives initial funding from 1956 alumna Lorene Burkhart, after being asked, “If you had a million dollars to put into Purdue, what would you do?” With the support of Cheryl Altinkemer and Ann Hancook, a group of 40 advocates made the focus of research about families more than an idea.


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The Center for Families is established

Susan Kontos, who joined Purdue faculty in 1985, named founding director and advisory council organized.

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First project funded

It’s My Child Too – a program for noncustodial fathers.

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First McAllister Fellowship funded to support student research

Anne Prouty‘s work was supported for the entire year with the support of the McAllister Fellowship.


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First grant received

The evaluation of Indiana First Steps Program – a program for children ages 0-3 with developmental delays.


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Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth named director

Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth appointed director of the Center.


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Center becomes the institutional home for the Indiana Consortium of Family Organizations

Originally established in 1993 with four organizations, Indiana COFO serves to promote a family perspective in the development, implementation, and evaluation of public policies and programs to enhance the well-being of Hoosier families.


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The Center creates fellowship to support early career faculty

The first Hancook Faculty Fellowship awarded to Fred Piercy for Developing and Field Testing a Manual with Indiana HIV Prevention Programs.


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The Center holds inaugural Family Impact Seminar in Indiana

Joining other states as part of the Family Impact Institute, the inaugural Family Impact Seminar, Healthy Environments for Young Children, was held at the Indiana Statehouse.


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Military Family Research Institute is established

The Department of Defense, Office of Military Community and Family Policy, tapped the Center to establish a separate research institute for studying military-connected families and sharing findings with policymakers and practitioners, and MFRI was created.

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The Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research is launched

The Center partnered with Boston College Center for Work and Family, to establish the Kanter Award launched as a way to develop shared standards for research quality and to avoid redundancies in literature of the study of relationships between work and non-work life, at a time when it did not exist.


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The Center increases partnerships with faculty across campus to promote research about families

The Center established the Faculty Partner Program as a way to connect and promote researchers and their work about families.


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Indiana Infant-Toddler Specialist Network Launched

The Center partnered with Indiana University to create the Indiana Infant-Toddler Specialists of Indiana.


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First grant to support undergraduate research awarded

The first research enhancement grant was awarded to Dr. Carol Bushey to support the work of Leslie Cradler, Are adolescent attitudes toward calcium rich foods and intake of dietary calcium related to the presence of grandparent(s) living in the household?


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The Center joins with faculty partners to create symposium series

Inaugural methodological symposium held – Research with Dyads and Families: Challenges and Solutions in Working With Interdependent Data – in the Families and Health Symposium series


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Boston College National Workforce Roundtable supports the Kanter Award

The Center worked with Boston College National Workforce Roundtable to fund the award, ensuring that the policies that govern over four million employees they represent, are guided by the best-of-the-best research.


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First Burkhart Award for Excellence in Research about Families at Purdue University awarded

The creation of the Lorene Burkhart Award for Excellence in Research about Families is a way to recognize outstanding family research being conducted by Purdue faculty. The inaugural recipient was Aryn Dotterer for her article Parenting, Race, and Socioeconomic Status: Links to School Readiness.


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Inaugural Kanter Lecture held

The Kanter Lecture Series was created to bring departments from across campus to hear from Kanter Award Nominated researchers – bringing some of the best work-family research to campus.

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First Studorshka Interdisciplinary Research Grant awarded

Travis Dorsch and Bree Studenka, established an Interdisciplinary Research Award, to support graduate students whose research touches two field of study. The first recipient, was Zachary Gold for Preschoolers’ Physical, Social, and Engineering Play Behaviors: Differences in Gender and Play Environment. Child development, early education, and engineering.


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Family Impact Institute moves its national headquarters to the Center

After 16 years at University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Family Impact Institute moved its headquarters to the Center. Using research to build better public policy for families, the Center worked with 26 states to conduct their own Family Impact Seminars, and support their research.

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Betty Levien Krejci endows family policy internship

As a way to honor her parents, Betty Krejci established the Leo and Elva Levien Family Endowment, which supports the Family Policy Internship for graduate students as they learn about the research to policy process.


Kanter Award winner announced at Work and Family Researchers Network conference, partnership expanded

As a way to expand the network of researchers the Center partnered with the Work and Family Researchers Network. Kanter Award winners Silke Aisenbrey & Anette Fasang, The interplay of work and family trajectories over the life course: Germany and the United States in comparison, were announced.


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COFO holds 20th Family Impact Seminar at the Indiana State House

The Center and COFO members brought legislators and policy makers together at the 20th INFIS, Hoosiers and Homes: Housing Policies in Indiana.


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Families Tackling Tough Times Together launched

As a way to support families experiencing stress from actions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic more than 60 faculty, staff and students from Purdue’s College of Health and Human Sciences, Purdue Extension – Health and Human Sciences, and colleagues from across Purdue and around the country joined forces with the Center to rapidly build this “pop-up” initiative that provides materials on family and child resilience.

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Associate Directors appointed

Stepping up to help lead the Center, Melissa Franks is named the Associate Director for Research and Partnerships and Rob Duncan named the Associate Director for Policy.


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Bob and Joyce Miles endow the Research Enhancement Grant

After many years of supporting the Center and the Research Enhancement Grant, which supports faculty as they work with undergraduate researchers, Bob and Joyce created the Bob L. and Joyce Beery Miles Research Endowment to ensure that this support for research continues in perpetuity.


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The Center celebrates forging better futures for families

Friends of the Center for Families recognized 25 years of impact.


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Melissa Franks named director

Melissa Franks appointed director of the Center.


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Stronger Families – Stronger Future, CFF Celebrates 30 Years!

The Center is taking this year to recognize and celebrate the important work done within families every day, while continuing to enhance research, education, and resources. Read more!