USDA-Funded SCFS Evaluation Project

We are proud to announce that Dr. Marlene Schwartz has collaborated with CARHD to evaluate a 5-year USDA NIFA funded training program. Through this intensive, hands-on program Sustainable Community Food System (SCFS) Fellows will come to understand social, political, economic, and environmental roadblocks to creating sustainable, equitable, and community-based food systems and have tools to seek innovative and comprehensive solutions.

New ACEing EITC Project with Dr. Tambling

We are proud to announce that Dr. Tambling is engaged in a new project with The Village. The project,  ACEing EITC, focuses on the uptake of the EITC at tax time, and enrollment in other financial services, through The Village’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program as a mechanism for the reduction of risk factors for adverse childhood experiences. Dr. Tambling will provide consultation and support for the evaluation of the federally- funded program. 

Collegiate Recovery Programs and the Promotion of Psychosocial Development and Adjustment: A Student Development Perspective

The Center for Applied Research in Human Development congratulates Dr. Anne Thompson Heller on her successful defense of her dissertation.

It is with great pride that CARHD was able to fund this study through Dr. Ron Sabatelli. We wish her all the best in her new adventures. We will look forward to consulting with her on future projects! 

Parent Experiences with Technology-Enabled Early Childhood Services

The Perigee Fund is embarking on a one-year national project to systematically capture lessons learned and future implications from the rapid acceleration of technology-enabled early childhood services in response to COVID-19. Dr. Chazan-Cohen leads a study in hopes to hear more from parents who are affected by poverty, racism, and/or trauma in receiving key early childhood and family supports remotely.

Fatherhood Research and Practice Network Grant

CARHD is proud to announce the receipt of a competitive state planning minigrant under CARHD faculty PI Dr. Kari Adamsons, in partnership with CT Dept. of Social Services. The purpose of the minigrant is to conduct focus groups with fathers across the state of Connecticut who receive services from state agencies, to assess areas of strength and areas of need and to inform the state Fatherhood Commission’s strategic plan. Funding is provided by the  Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (FRPN). FRPN is a six-year project (2013-2019) awarded to the Temple University School of Social Work and the Center for Policy Research, by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (#90PR0006). Its purpose is to build the evidence base in the fatherhood field, disseminate research findings on fatherhood programs and promote the use of research-based practices by fatherhood programs. Congratulations Dr. Adamsons!

New CARHD Project with UConn’s Collaboratory on School and Child Health

CARHD received seed funding from UConn’s Collaboratory on School and Child Health for a 2019 project titled “Truancy Prevention Efforts to Interrupt the School to Prison Pipeline”. This joint project between Beth Russell (CARHD) and Tammy Freeberg (The Village for Families and Children) will study program services and outcomes related to truancy prevention to reduce juvenile justice involvement in Hartford given recent policy changes per PA 16 147. Their project centers on informing future intervention development through stakeholder interviews with program staff, participants/families, and policymakers.

Parenting Apart Parent Education Program is now offered through CARHD

The Center for Applied Research in Human Development is the new home to the Parent Education Program, a court-ordered parenting class for divorcing parents. During monthly classes, parents learn how to buffer the impact of divorce on children, as well as techniques for keeping communication child-focused and positive after separation occurs. For more information, please contact the program coordinator, Dr. Beth Russell (

Certification in Family Life Education (CFLE) through CARHD

The Center for Applied Research in Human Development is the new home to the Certification in Family Life Education, a course-based option for undergraduate students to receive a nationally recognized designation. The National Council of Family Relations (NCFR) has approved the program, offered through department in Human Development and Family Sciences, awarding the distinction to students who demonstrate their training in the study of healthy individual and family functioning with an emphasis on prevention and intervention science. For more information, please contact the program coordinator, Dr. Beth Russell (

CARHD welcomes a new Director

The Center welcomes Dr. Beth S. Russell as the new Director as of June 1, 2018. Dr. Russell has been affiliated with CARHD since 2003, as a graduate student affiliate, and rejoined our community in 2011 when she joined the faculty. As the program coordinator for the Certificate in Family Life Education, Dr. Russell brings a commitment to training the next generation of community engaged scholars and years of experience in structuring their field placement experiences. Her research focuses on emotion regulation, specifically, the development of self-regulation often in the context of parent-child relationships; she studies this process in both normative and atypical populations, most recently in the study of mindfulness interventions to improve individual and family outcomes for those with chronic illnesses (e.g., chronic pain and substance use disorders).