Office of Research

Center for Child and Family Well-Being


The Center for Child and Family Well-being promotes the development and well-being of children and families by engendering, translating, applying and sharing knowledge. The core activities of the center include research, education, dissemination, and outreach to the community.

We take a holistic, or 'whole child' perspective on childrens' well-being, recognizing the inter-dependence of childrens' social, emotional, cognitive and physical development, as they are shaped by parents, family, teachers, schools, sports coaches, neighborhoods, as well as broader socioeconomic, political, social and cultural forces. The interactions among these factors can influence whether children become vulnerable, developing adjustment problems in the response to their experiences, or resilient, emerging well-adjusted, socially and emotionally competent.

To accomplish this the center aims to engender multi-disciplinary research programs that produce knowledge about the development and promotion of childrens' social, emotional and cognitive well-being. This research serves as the foundation on which we build education and outreach activities of the center. We aim to be a resource for education, intervention, outreach and advocacy to infuse the broader community with a multi-disciplinary understanding of childrens' development and to inform policies and programs in Washington and beyond.

Core Services Offered

Foundations for Social, Emotional & Cognitive Competence, Immigrant Families, Diversity & Development, Adolescent Health Risk & Resilience, Anger, Aggression & Violence Prevention,

Reporting Structure:

Sheri Mizumori, Chair, Department of Psychology

Related UW Entities:

College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences, School of Social Work, School of Nursing, College of Education

Center Details

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Director: Lengua, Liliana
Location: Guthrie
Year Started: 2010
Administering College/School: College of Arts & Sciences 
P.I. Home Department: Department of Psychology 
Faculty Involvement: 15