Wednesday, August 23, 2017

2017-2018 Events

In a survey sent to members last spring, we learned that C-FAHR members wanted sessions that were interactive and would give them opportunities to meet other scholars and learn about other research that is happening around campus.  To that end, we have developed journal club discussions, mixers, and plenty of opportunities to mingle and meet with other "families and health" researchers on campus.

Click on the image below to see this flyer full size.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Spring Symposium & Poster Session, 2017

The spring symposium was a success, and we thank all of you who attended. On March 27, 2017, we had nearly 75 attendees, more than 20 poster presentations, and a productive discussion about challenges often faced when recruiting research subjects by Katherine Baucom (Psychology) & Paul LaStayo (Physical Therapy).

Throughout the event, we were especially impressed by the connections that continue to be made among faculty and students from across campus. Events like this remind us what an important role C-FAHR plays in supporting and fostering interdisciplinary research among scholars interested in families and health.

C-FAHR Fellows

C-FAHR is committed to thinking about ways we can support the interdisciplinary training of graduate students at the University of Utah.  To this end, we have developed the C-FAHR Fellow program for the 2017-2018 school year.

Fellows will participate in a C-FAHR sponsored mentoring program in the fall, provide feedback to the C-FAHR executive committee about what types of interdisciplinary training would benefit them, and participate in a project-based course during Spring 2018 where they will collaborate in small teams to produce manuscripts using innovative statistical techniques to model family-based processes and health outcomes.  

Up to 10 fellows will be selected for the 2017-2018 school year.  Fellows will be awarded a $1000 stipend.  Applications are due by May 15, 2017.

More information can be found on the flier below:
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2017 Pilot Grant Awardees

The following four interdisciplinary teams have been recently selected to receive funding from the C-FAHR Research Fund.  Their collaborations and pilot projects are sure to move C-FAHR in exciting and new directions.

C-FAHR Pilot Grant Award Winners, 2017

Project Title
Anne Kirby
Marissa Deiner
Cheryl Wright
Occupational Therapy Family Consumer Studies
The role of parents in preparing youth with Autism for Adulthood
Brian Baucom
Lee Ellington
Maia Reblin
P. Georgiou
Moffit Center

Mapping the complexity of communication in caregiver systems for advanced cancer patients
Bruce Ellis
Daniel Adkins, 
Daniel Carlson
Elisabeth Conradt
Sheila Crowell
Lisa Diamond

Family Consumer Studies Gender Studies

Recruitment of at-risk youth for a series of interdisciplinary studies
Debra Scammon
Michael Magill
Christy North
Family & Prev Medicine
Creating Quality Inc

Integrating family caregivers into primary care teams:  Best Practices

C-FAHR members, 
the next RFP to the C-FAHR Research Fund 
will likely to be announced in Fall 2017.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Presentations by C-FAHR members

The annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America occurred the week before Thanksgiving in New Orleans.  There were a number of C-FAHR members in attendance and presenting.  

Here are a few of the presentations that were captured:

Kara Dassel (Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program) is presenting work done by pilot grant awardee team of Neng Wan (Geography), Linda Edelman (Nursing), Gail Towsley (Nursing), and Alex Terril (OT).  They are doing fascinating work using GPS technology to track the "life-space" of couples coping with chronic illness.  

Becky Utz (Sociology), Mike Caserta (Nursing/Gerontology), and Kathie Supiano (Nursing/Gerontology) presented their work on bereavement and end of life.
We look forward to seeing these posters and learning more about this work at the C-FAHR poster symposium in the spring of 2017.

If any of you are traveling and presenting your work and would like to be highlighted on our blog, please contact becky (

Friday, November 18, 2016

Cross-Cutting Research -- Integrating Knowledge Across Domains


In a recent C-FAHR symposium, we discussed an article called:

Integrating knowledge across domains to advance the science of health behavior: overcoming challenges and facilitating success  by Klein, W.M..P., Grenen, E.G., O’Connell, M. et al. Behav. Med. Pract. Policy Res. (2016). doi:10.1007/s13142-016-0433-5


Health behaviors often co-occur and have common determinants at multiple levels (e.g., individual, relational, environmental). Nevertheless, research programs often examine single health behaviors without a systematic attempt to integrate knowledge across behaviors. This paper highlights the significant potential of cross-cutting behavioral research to advance our understanding of the mechanisms and causal factors that shape health behaviors. It also offers suggestions for how researchers could develop more effective interventions. We highlight barriers to such an integrative science along with potential steps that can be taken to address these barriers. With a more nuanced understanding of health behavior, redundancies in research can be minimized, and a stronger evidence base for the development of health behavior interventions can be realized.
Following a brief discussion of the article, we highlighted research from two of our colleagues -- Lisa Aspinwall and Yelena Wu -- who are looking at the behaviors associated with melanoma, the barriers that people perceived to practicing sun-safe behaviors, and potential interventions aimed at decreasing the risk of melanoma by increasing the use of sun-safe health behaviors.  We used these two research examples as a starting point to think about how research in one area might be applicable to other health behaviors and health outcomes, and how methods and findings from other domains may be used to streamline the development of interventions.  Click here for the slides and a video recording of the session:   
One of the goals of C-FAHR is to think about how to bring together teams of researchers to answer larger questions about health of families.  Given this discussion, one promising direction for us to pursue is the similarity (and difference) of family-based health processes across multiple chronic conditions.  As the article states, we imagine that we have much to learn from integrating our knowledge across health domains, rather than replicating our results and duplicating our efforts by studying only one illness domain.  For example, what we learn from diabetes may be easily applied to what we want to know about cancer, and vice versa.  If you would like to be part of this conversation and explore the formation of a working group aimed at studying multiple chronic conditions, please leave a comment below or contact Becky ( or Cindy (  

Monday, September 12, 2016

Statistical Consultation for C-FAHR Members

C-FAHR Statistical Consulting

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About the Service:

The C-FAHR statistical consulting program is intended for members of C-FAHR, particularly faculty, to assist with grant applications, papers, pilot research and activities that will contribute to the interdisciplinary goals of C-FAHR. Consultation is not generally available for individuals outside of C-FAHR. Consultation is not available for class work (both undergraduate/graduate) or statistical tutoring. Limited assistance will be provided for master’s theses, dissertations, and graduate student projects, time permitting.

Scheduling Consultation:

To schedule a consultation, please email with:

  1. A brief description of the consultation request
  2. Whether the consultation is in service of a grant, paper, pilot research, or something else (please identify)
  3. Whether the request is coming from a faculty member, postdoc, or graduate student, plus their home department

Consultants will aim to respond to requests for consultation within 3 days to arrange an appointment, or to request further information to aid in assigning consulting requests.

The C-FAHR consultants are faculty members who have experience and exposure to a wide variety of statistical methodology, so please do not hesitate to make inquiries regarding any statistical or data analytic method or topic. Their areas of strongest interest and specialization are as follows:

  • Pascal Deboeck: familiarity and interest in a wide range of methodologies for the analysis of repeated observations on individuals/groups.

  • Daniel Adkins: structural equation modeling, psychometrics, longitudinal modeling, big data, parallel computing, bioinformatics and statistical genomics.