Xiong helps to pass education bill funding outreach to Southeast Asian community

Professor Zha Blong XiongDepartment 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.

Learn more about the bill.

Learn more about professor Xiong’s research and outreach.

Professor McCulloch elected to NCFR Fellows Committee

Professor Jan McCullouch Congratulations to Department of Family Social Science professor Jan McCulloch who was just elected to the Fellows Committee for the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR).

The committee is elected by NCFR members for a three-year term, and recommends the honorary title of “NCFR Fellow” to the Board.

Learn more about the committee on the NCFR website.

Learn more about Dr. Jan McCulloch on her profile page.

Doherty comments on bill to take courts out of divorce proceedings

Professor Bill Doherty Department of Family Social Science professor Bill Doherty spoke in support of  legislation that would make it possible to get divorced without going through the court system, in a Star Tribune article.

Read the article here.

Doherty pens op-ed piece calling for divorce reform

Professor Bill Doherty Department of Family Social Science professor Bill Doherty co-wrote an opinion piece in the Star Tribune explaining the need for divorce reform.

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.

Learn more about Bill Doherty on his profile page.

Read the opinion piece at the Star Tribune website.

Pauline Boss and Ambiguous Loss Theory featured on the anniversary of missing flight MH370

Pauline BossDepartment of Family Social Science professor emeritus Pauline Boss coined the term Ambiguous Loss Theory for her pioneering research into what we feel when a loved one disappears.

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:

Salon: Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, one year later: “Nothing is certain, as everything is possible”

ABC News: As world Moves on, MH370 families find solace in each other

International Business Times: MH370 one year later: no closure for families as search effort continues to flounder

New York Daily News: ‘We cling on to the hope’: One year after MH370 disappeared, loved ones of 239 people on board haunted by unsolved mystery

Should you tell your children how much you make? Serido weighs in on WCCO.

Professor Joyce Serido Department of Family Social Science professor Joyce Serido talked about what to share with your kids when it comes to personal finances, on WCCO.

Watch the video at CBS Minnesota.

Learn more about Serido and her research on financial stress at her profile page.

Stum: Navigating family inheritance decisions

Professor Marlene Stum 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.

Read more at the CEHD Vision 2020 website.

Learn more about Stum on her profile.

Wall Street Journal features Doherty’s Marital First Responders project

Professor Bill Doherty Department of Family Social Science professor Bill Doherty is utilizing couples therapy research to create a new workshop for individuals he calls “Marital First Responders.”

“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.

Read the article at wsj.com

Learn more about Doherty and his research interests on his profile page.

Mendenhall: Teaching Intimacy in Relationships

Tai Mendenhall 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. ”

Read more about Intimate Relationships the textbook and the course.

Learn more about Mendenhall on his profile page.

FSoS grads visit Capitol Hill to highlight the importance of the AAMFT Minority Fellowship Program

Noah Gagner and Ashley LandersDepartment 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.

Ashley Landers and Noah Gagner

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:

Noah Gagner

Ashley Landers


Doherty shares advice on streamlining schedules in KARE 11 story

Professor Bill Doherty 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.”

Read more about Doherty’s research and outreach on his profile.

Watch the KARE 11 video on their website.

Recent FSoS alumnus and Running Therapy

Matthew Miller 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.

For more information on Running Therapy, visit the website or read the Southwest Journal article.

Miller was also interviewed about his practice by WTIP Radio.

Learn more about Miller on his profile page.

Money features Stum’s advice for estate planning

Professor Marlene Stum Department of Family Social Science professor Marlene Stum offers advice on how to avoid estate battles in Money magazine.

Stum’s research and outreach both focus on family economic well-being and decision-making issues in later life families.

Learn more about Professor Stum on her profile page.

August: Personalized Mental Health Prevention and Intervention

Professor Gerald August Department of Family Social Science professor Gerald August‘s research has shifted towards the prevention of antisocial behavior and drug abuse in children and adolescents.

“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 .

Read more from Professor August’s article about metal health prevention and warning signs.

Learn more about August on his profile page.

McGuire: Supporting gender-variant and transgender youth

Professor Jenifer McGuire Department of Family Social Science professor Jenifer McGuire’s research focuses on transgender youth and families, as well as parenting and sexual health.

“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.

Read more from her article about the three needs for these youth as well as three areas of support for parents and families.

Learn more about McGuire on her profile page.

Serido: Helping young adults cope with financial stress

Professor Joyce Serido Department of Family Social Science professor Joyce Serido’s research focuses on associations between financial coping behaviors of young adults and their resilience, adaptation, and life success.

“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.”

Read more about helping young adults cope with financial stress at the CEHD Vision2020 Blog.

Learn more about Serido on her profile page.