Wittenberg Launches Family Well-Being Research Network


FAM-NET, a research network devoted to studying family well-being across the lifespan, launched in June, 2021, as a collaborative effort among NIH, the Harvard Chan School, the University of Michigan, and the University of Pittsburgh. FAM-NET joins five existing networks advancing emotional well-being research funded by agencies across NIH. CHDS faculty Eve Wittenberg is leading the project with CHDS adjunct faculty Lisa Prosser at Michigan, and Janel Hanmer at Pittsburgh. “We are thrilled to be a part of this transdisciplinary, national effort to advance the science of emotional well-being,” said Wittenberg, adding that FAM-NET will provide pilot grant funding for measurement projects and will add to the pipeline of emotional well-being researchers through a Research Scholar Corp program.

Additional FAM-NET projects will include a web-based resource repository including a measurement instrument library, educational and training events, on-line and in-person, and a mentoring network. The Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness at Harvard Chan is partnering with CHDS in FAM-NET, with co-director Laura Kubzansky playing a key role in the project.

Look for a FAM-NET website to be unveiled in Fall, 2021, and announcements of events and funding opportunities on the CHDS and FAM-NET websites. To be kept informed of FAM-NET activities send an email to CHDS@hsph.harvard.edu.

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