Dr. McBride is the Director of the Child Development Laboratory and a Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. His primary research interests include university-based laboratory schools as a context for child development research, the role of child care contexts on childhood obesity and nutritional status, the impact of paternal involvement in families of children with disabilities on maternal and child outcomes, and the antecedents and consequences of father involvement. He received his PhD in Early Childhood Education from the University of Maryland at College Park. Dr. McBride's complete bio can be found here.
Professor Liechty holds a joint appointment with the School of Social Work and College of Medicine. Her research and practice interests are in exploring the psychosocial dimensions of health, wellness, chronic conditions and disabilities, and how the processes of growth and healing leading to greater quality of life. Dr. Liechty has worked for over 14 years as a licensed social worker in hospitals, clinics, and health promotion programs with families and adolescents, adults with developmental and physical disabilities, and persons with chronic illness. She received her PhD in Family Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Liechty's complete bio can be found here.
Dr. Lee joined the faculty in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois in 2001. During her tenure, she has taught two sensory science courses, for which she has received various teaching awards and recognitions. Her research is supported by the grants received from the USDA, Illinois Soybean Association, and private industry. Dr. Lee received her PhD in Food Science at the University of California, Davis, in 2001. Dr. Lee's complete bio can be found here.
Reed W. Larson is a Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on positive development and the daily experience of adolescents. He has conducted research on adolescents’ media use, time alone, experience with friends, and school experience. Read more about Dr. Larson's research on youth development at: www.youthdev.illinois.edu. His complete bio can be found here.
Dr. Laurie Kramer is Professor Emerita of Applied Family Studies in the Department of Human Development and family studies. Kramer was the Founding Director of the Family Resiliency Center and led initiatives aimed at enhancing the well-being of children, youth and families through multidisciplinary research, education and outreach. Kramer earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois in 1989 and performed her residency at Northwestern University Medical School. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Illinois. Kramer served as the Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the University of Illinois College of ACES between 2007-2016. Dr. Kramer's complete bio can be found here.
A Professor of Integrative Immunology and Behavior in Department of Animal Sciences and Director of Division of Nutritional Sciences, Dr. Johnson currently studies the effects of nutrition on brain development, function, and aging. Part of his research focuses on how diet influences the communication between the immune system and brain. He received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed postdoctoral training at Iowa State University. Dr. Johnson's complete bio can be found here.
Robin L. Jarrett is a Professor of African-American Studies, Human Development, and Family Studies. Her research focuses on coping strategies of low-income African-American families and children in inner-city neighborhoods, organized youth programs and youth development, and health practices among inner-city African American families. Dr. Jarrett's complete bio can be found here.
The Soybean Industry Endowed Professor of Agricultural Strategy in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, Dr. Gundersen's research is primarily focused on the causes and consequences of food insecurity, and evaluations of food assistance programs with a particular emphasis on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. He received his PhD from the University of California, Riverside. Dr. Gundersen's complete bio can be found here.
A Professor of Medicine, Health Policy, and Administration, Dr. Fitzgibbon's research has focused primarily on health risk reduction interventions in minority and underserved populations. She has conducted obesity prevention trials with preschool children and their parents as well as obesity treatment interventions with women. Dr. Fitzgibbon has received consistent federal funding through the National Institutes of Health for over a decade and is regularly published in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Fitzgibbon's complete bio can be found here.
Dr. Ebata’s general interest is in developing and evaluating outreach programs for parents and professionals that provide support for families under stress. He is involved in conducting applied research; developing educational outreach programs for families; and providing training and resources for professionals who work with children, youth, and families. Dr. Ebata received a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Ebata's complete bio can be found here.