Department of Family Social Science professor Zha Blong Xiong worked with legislators and community members to get bill HF1930 to pass the Minnesota House Education Innovation Policy Committee.
Under the bill, funding will be provided for the Department of Education to create outreach programs that help Southeast Asian immigrant and refugee families to access early childhood care and education resources.
“We believe that family engagement efforts are needed to ensure the hardest to reach populations, like Southeast Asian population, are gaining access to these wonderful early child education resources to close the achievement gap,” Xiong said to the committee.
The committee is elected by NCFR members for a three-year term, and recommends the honorary title of “NCFR Fellow” to the Board.
Congratulations to Department of Family Social Science graduate student Kayla Anderson who was elected to be the New Professionals representative for the Research and Theory Section at the National Council on Family Relations.
A bill introduced during the Minnesota 2015 legislative session calls for “cooperative private divorces” that allows paperwork to be filed outside of court to dissolve a marriage.
On the anniversary of the week Malaysian Airline Flight 370 went missing, Boss was interviewed in articles reflecting on the past year for loved ones of the missing, some of whom are looking for “some measure of meaning in the meaninglessness of ambiguous loss,” Boss said.
Read more in the following articles:
International Business Times: MH370 one year later: no closure for families as search effort continues to flounder
Department of Family Social Science professor Marlene Stum, one of the only researchers in the U.S. focused on understanding fairness, inheritance, and intergenerational family systems, shared ways to make fair decisions on family inheritances issues in a Vision 2020 post.
“It’s important to talk about what “fair” means when dividing up titled possessions, such as a home or money, and non-titled possessions like Grandma’s yellow pie plate,” explains Stum. She goes on to list six elements that are important to address in order to help make the family inheritance decision-making process more likely to have a successful outcome.
“The goal of a marital first responder is to be a good friend, not a therapist,” says Doherty in a Wall Street Journal article featuring his work.
Department of Family Social Science professor Tai Mendenhall published a breakthrough textbook in 2014 featuring research by departmental alumni and graduate students, as well as feedback from undergraduates: Intimate Relationships: Where have we been? Where are we going?
“To my knowledge, the manner in which we have written this textbook is unique within undergraduate education,” Mendenhall explained. “And it’s also the first time I’ve ever heard students tell me they love our book. ”
Department of Family Social Science graduate students Noah Gagner and Ashley Landers each received AAMFT Minority Doctoral Fellowships this fall, which provide financial support as well as professional training, leadership development, and guidance for “Marriage and Family therapists committed to advancing the mental health interests of ethnic minority communities and under-served populations.”
On February 6, they traveled to Capitol Hill to participate in the Winter Training Institutes, where they worked with presenters in the areas of cultural sensitive interventions, as well as the integration of advanced quantitative research modalities.
Gagner and Landers met with congressional representatives, including the Legislative Director of Congresswoman Betty McCollum, to highlight the importance of the Minority Fellowship Program.
Learn more about Gagner and Landers, and their research interests and accomplishments on their profile pages:
Department of Family Social Science professor Bill Doherty’s advice on streamlining family schedules is featured in a KARE 11 news story unveiling new family-focused programs at Life Time Fitness.
He spoke about the importance of simplifying family activities. “We end up with the sense of the family is this collection of individuals who are running hard, but the sense of the family as the core, the sort of gravitational field — that gets lost.”
The Southwest Journal featured Matthew Miller, family social science Ph.D. 2014, in an article highlighting his recently launched practice, Running Therapy, which combines year-round outdoor activities with therapy.
Stum’s research and outreach both focus on family economic well-being and decision-making issues in later life families.
“It’s often been said that no disease has ever been cured by treating someone who already has it,” August notes in a CEHD Vision 2020 post, “Reading that statement was somewhat of an epiphany for me and led to a refocusing of my career goals to the study of prevention aimed at young people who were at risk for serious mental health and chemical dependency disorders.”
He developed a prevention program that’s become recognized as an exemplary program by several institutions including the National Institute on Drug Abuse .
“Gender-variant and transgender youth have specific child development needs, some of which are more difficult to meet than others,” explains McGuire in a CEHD Vision2020 post.
“You don’t have to be rich to cope with financial stress,” she explained in a CEHD Vision2020 article. “Coping with financial stress starts with an understanding that the decisions we make may have financial implications. Adults and young people alike often fail to recognize those implications—and the consequence is increased financial pressure.”