Father and son

The William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families brings scholars together to conduct innovative, interdisciplinary research in support of healthy development across the human lifespan.

The center encourages basic and translational research that can have a broad impact in three key areas: income and health disparities; developmental disabilities and psychopathology; and optimization of development, education, and learning. Read More

Julie Braungart Rieker and E. Mark Cummings Receive Major NIH Grant

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The National Institute of Health has awarded a three million-dollar research grant to Drs. Julie Braungart Rieker and E. Mark Cummings of the William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families at the University of Notre Dame. This project is an attempt by the Shaw Center, a newly endowed research facility, to reach out to families of infants in order to support parental relationships, and to foster development during the early stages of life. The goal of this program is to integrate the research Dr. Braungart Rieker on infant development and the important role of fathers in children’s lives, with Dr. Cummings’ focus on family conflict and children’s emotional security. This project includes home visits during which parents will have a unique opportunity to receive personalized feedback of videorecorded interactions with their baby. Similar programs have been both interesting and useful to many young families. This project has the support of hospitals and service agencies in South Bend, Fort Wayne and the surrounding areas.

For more information about this project and other research conducted at the Shaw Center, email: nfabs@nd.edu or call 574-631-0950.