Our fellowship program mentors scholars in career development, grantsmanship, and building interdisciplinary teams.

CFRN supports a fellowship program to mentor scholars doing research on children, families, and their contexts in career development, grant writing, and interdisciplinary team building. Each year a call for applications is distributed by mid-summer and fellows are selected in early fall around a theme or context. Fellows have priority for CFRN research stipends through a competitive application process.

This program entails:

  • Fellows committing to CFRN programming 
  • Attending mentorship meetings with CFRN leadership
  • Connecting with a at least one other scholar on campus

For more information or to be considered, email us.

Our Current and Past Fellows

  • Heather Coleman, Assistant Professor in the Specialized Education Services Department
    • Dr. Coleman’s research focuses on young children with autism, and she is particularly interested in communication interventions, parent coaching, and personnel preparation.
  • Margaret “Megan” Fields-Olivieri, Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department, 
    • Dr. Fields-Oliveiri researches parent-toddler emotional and verbal communication processes, especially in the context of socioeconomic or psychosocial risk, and how these processes impact early emotional and language development.
  • Bridget Cheeks, Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
    • Dr. Cheeks’s research focuses on parental racial socialization and its implications for African American adolescents’ and college students’ positive development
  • Michelle Martin Romero, Assistant Professor, Public Health Education
    • At the heart of Dr. Martin Romero’s research lies the objective to understand agency and resilience in the context of health disparities among racial-ethnic minoritized youth and families living in poor/low-income settings.
  • Kierra Sattler, Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
    • Dr. Sattler’s research focuses on childhood exposures to poverty or maltreatment as sources of risk, with the aim of advancing scientific knowledge and informing interventions that promote the well-being of children from high-risk families.
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