Author: Janice Berriault

Alaina Brenick and UCCFR receive National Council on Family Relations Affiliate Grant

Alaina BrenickAssistant Professor Alaina Brenick, faculty adviser, and the students of the UCCFR received a 2017 National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Affiliate Councils Affiliate Grant in support of their programing for the International Day of Families, to be observed on May 15th. The 2018 focus will be on Family Equality and the role of diverse families and family-oriented policies in promoting education and overall well-being of their members. Particularly, the Day’s focus is to raise awareness regarding the role of families in promoting early childhood education and lifelong learning opportunities for  children and youth. This is a great opportunity for students, and demonstrates Alaina’s dedication to her role as faculty adviser. Congratulations all!

Michael Ego receives SFF grant, and his recent work featured in UConn Today article

Michael Ego

Professor Michael Ego has received a UConn Scholarship Facilitation Fund for his project, A Pilot Study: Measurement of Effectiveness of Baseball Reminiscence Program for Persons with Dementia in Cos Cob, CT.

An article in UConn Today entitled, “Talking Baseball Assists Aging Adults with Dementia” features Professor Michael Ego’s work on baseball reminiscence for adults with dementia.

HDFS faculty and graduate students present their work at national conferences

UConn HDFS faculty and graduate students (both current and one incoming) will present 6 posters and talks at the American Psychological Association’s (APA) 125th Annual Convention.  The convention will take place in Washington, DC on August 3-6.  See attachment for details.


Many HDFS faculty and graduate students presented at the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) 2017 Biennial Meeting held in Austin, TX on April 6-8, 2017.  Here is a list of the presentations.


HDFS faculty and graduate student also presented at the 38th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM).  The event took place in San Diego, CA on March 29 – April 1, 2017.   Here is a list of the participants.




Kim Gans’ poster wins first place at ISBN conference

Kim GansProfessor Kim Gans’ poster, “Family Child Care Home Provider Attitudes and Practices Related to Feeding, Physical Activity and Screen Time of 2-5 Year Old Children in their Care,” won first place from the Early Care and Education Special Interest Group at the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition (ISBN) and Physical Activity conference in Victoria, Canada.