Family Well-being Research: First FAMNET Grantee Retreat


The Family Well-being Research Network (FAMNET), a collaborative project with CHDS faculty Eve Wittenberg as a principal investigator, held the first bi-annual grantee retreat via Zoom. The network is a joint effort among investigators at the Harvard Chan School, the University of Michigan, and the University of Pittsburgh. Funded by multiple institutes within NIH, and part of a larger network of 6 networks across the US, FAMNET’s goal is to advance the science of family well-being measurement across the lifespan, including a focus on pediatric quality of life. The retreat included grantee recipients of FAMNET’s Research Scholar Corps and Pilot Projects, the three PIs, Lisa Prosser, Janel Hanmer, and Wittenberg, co-investigators, and grantee mentors. Grantees presented their research progress and networked among themselves and with the faculty and investigators.

Eight individuals have received awards to date:

  • Gina Clarkson, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, College of Health, Idaho State University
  • Marie E. Heffernan, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; Associate Director, Voices of Child Health in Chicago, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • Yuchen Liu, master’s student, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Lindsay May, MD, FRCPC, Associate Professor, Pediatrics, University of Utah
  • Anne Schuster, PhD, Research Scientist, Department of Biomedical Informatics, College of Medicine, Ohio State University
  • Elizabeth Sloss, PhD, MBA, RN, CNL, Postdoctoral Fellow, College of Nursing, University of Utah
  • Hadley Stevens Smith, PhD, MPSA, Assistant Professor, Department of Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute
  • Justin A. Yu, MD, MS, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Division of Palliative and Supportive Care and Pediatric Hospital Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

A call for applications for the next round of funding will be announced soon. Sign up for FAMNET’s email list to receive network announcements.

Learn more: Read about FAMNET’s work on measuring family well-being
Learn more: Read more about NIH networks to advance emotional well-being research

Related news: Learn about the Launch of FAMNET
Related news: FAMNET’s Previous Call for Applications (2021)