Category Archives: Family Social Science

Serido helps students and families make better decisions about financing higher education

Professor Joyce SeridoDepartment of Family Social Science associate Professor Joyce Serido teamed up with Extension educators across the state to create a pilot program that helps students and families make better choices about financing higher education.

The program began in January, and Serido will meet with Extension educators in February to fine tune the program to make it accessible to various groups statewide.

Read more about Serido’s work in Source Magazine.

Learn more about Serido’s research on her profile page.

Learn more about personal finance and financial education resources.

Walker’s article selected as best paper by FCSRJ

The Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal selected FSoS associate professor Susan Walker’s article “Family Educators’ Technology Use and Factors Influencing Technology Acceptance Attitudes” as the best paper in family and consumer sciences education published by the journal in 2015.

FCSRJ chose her article for the following reasons: the topic is original, the research design and methodology demonstrate high standards, and the article has the potential to make a lasting contribution to the theory and/or practice in family and consumer sciences.

Walker’s article is one of seven published by FCSRJ in 2015 to be recognized. The journal published a total of 28 articles in 2015.

Read the article here.

Learn more about Walker’s research on her profile page.

McGuire says the earlier gender is addressed with children, the better

Professor Jenifer McGuire In a MinnPost article, Department of Family Social Science associate professor Jenifer McGuire stressed the importance of an inclusive approach when it comes to gender, and said the sooner we can talk to children regarding gender, the better.

Read the article here.

Learn more about McGuire and her research interests here.

The key to effectively blending families? “Intentional parenting,” Doherty says in WSJ article.

Professor Bill DohertyIn a Wall Street Journal article, Department of Family Social Science professor Bill Doherty discussed the necessity for having a plan when it comes to parenting children in blended families.

Read the article here.

Learn more about Doherty and his projects here. 

Harris shares coping strategies for children dealing with divorcing parents

HarrisSteve150In a US News and World Report article, Department of Family Social Science professor Steve Harris stressed the importance of preserving children’s mental health as parents divorce, and shared coping strategies for divorcing parents hoping to avoid long-term emotional effects on their children.

Read the article here. Also, read about the Minnesota Couples on the Brink project.

McGuire to deliver keynote speech at MCFR 2015 conference

McGuireJ2014150FSoS associate professor, Jenifer McGuire, will deliver the keynote address at the Minnesota Council on Family Relations’ (MCFR) fall 2015 conference. Her presentation is titled “Addressing Gender in School, Work, and Family.” The conference will be held at the New Brighton Community Center on December 4, 2015. Visit the MCFR website for more information.

Joyce Serido talks about college students and personal finance in MPR segment

Professor Joyce SeridoMPR featured FSoS Associate Professor Joyce Serido in a recent segment about college students and personal finance.

Listen to audio here.

Learn more about Serido and her work on family finances on her profile page.

CEHD students reach out to fellow undergrads to teach about Islam

Junior Anastasia Press smiles as first-year student Megan Abdirahman, right, helps her put on a hijab for “Hijab for a Day,” an event put on by the University Al-Madinah Cultural Center for Islam Awareness Week. The event was designed to demonstrate the importance of wearing the hijab for Muslim women.  Photo by Liam Doyle

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.

Divorce: Would it be better outside of the courts?

Professor Bill Doherty MPR News’ Kerri Miller spoke with Department of Family Social Science Professor Bill Doherty about his Cooperative Private Divorce bill which was introduced in the Minnesota legislature as an alternative for couples to divorce outside of the courts.

Listen to the story audio at MPRNews.

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

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