Bi-Annual FAMNET Grantee Retreat


Ten current recipients of Pilot Project grants and Research Scholar awards reported on their research-in-progress at the Family Well-being Research Network (FAMNET) virtual grantee retreat in April, 2023. In addition to receiving feedback from the network’s investigators, mentors, and NIH officers, grantees shared avenues for dissemination including journals and conferences that have a focus on the family well-being space.

The two most recent FAMNET grantees are Megan C. Thomas Hebdon from the University of Texas at Austin, whose project is entitled Outcome Measurement and Psychosocial Context of Family Caregivers’ Financial Well-Being, and Cali Johnson from the University of Utah, studying Family-Relevant Factors for Patients and Caregivers during Shared Decision-Making in Vascular Surgery. Previously awarded Pilot Project and Research Scholar grantees include Gina Clarkson, Idaho State University, Marie E. Heffernan, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Yuchen Liu, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Lindsay May, University of Utah, Anne Schuster, Ohio State University, Elizabeth Sloss, University of Utah, Hadley Stevens Smith, Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, and Justin A. Yu, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Launched in 2021, FAMNET advances the science of family well-being measurement across the lifespan, including a focus on pediatric quality of life. The network is one of six networks across the US addressing the science of emotional well-being, funded by multiple institutes within the NIH. CHDS’ Eve Wittenberg is a principal investigator on this project along with Lisa Prosser from the University of Michigan and Janel Hanmer from the University of Pittsburgh.

Learn more: Read more about NIH networks to advance emotional well-being research

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