Center for Family Resilience
Post Doctoral Training Progam
Michael Merten named Center for Family Resilience Director

OSU Center for Family Resilience


The Center for Family Resilience is a community resource focused on equipping every family to support its members in achieving their fullest personal and social potential.  The center translates scientific knowledge about families and family life into strategies that build individual and family resilience.  Strategies include individual and family programs administered by local human and social service agencies, and state and national policy recommendations to strengthen families.

Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor

Professor and Kaiser Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Family Resilience, Dr. Joseph Grzywacz, is the 2015 Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor. He is known among his students for his enthusiastic encouragement and challenging support to students. His students appreciate his part as an academic role model and for following and implementing theoretical and practical research implications.

OKCFR conference

The 34th Annual OKCFR conference will be held on the OSU-Tulsa Campus Friday, March 27.  Dr. Sarah Coyne will be the keynote speaker.  Dr. Sarah Coyne will speak on Media and Families: What Every Family Scholar Should Know

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Helpful or harmful How do princesses and superheroes affect our children?

The College of Human Sciences Center for Family Resilience and the Oklahoma Council on Family Relations will be sponsoring a presentation by Dr. Sarah Coyne on how do superheroes and princesses affect our children. 
The presentation will take place on March 26 at 7 p.m. at the OSU-Tulsa North Hall Auditorium. The cost is free and is open to the public. 
Dr. Sarah Coyne is an associate professor in the Department of Family Life at Brigham Young University. 
Coyne will discuss how Disney and other popular media impact children and what parents and caretakers can do to ensure their healthy development.  
The mission of the College of Human Sciences Center for Family Resilience is to create and disseminate scientific knowledge that builds to programmatic and policy solutions that promote individual and family resilience. Located on the Oklahoma State University at Tulsa campus, the CFR’s work is inspired by the key values of respect, integrity, passion and transparency.

Minding the Gap project aims to improve academic success for low income children

The College of Human Sciences Center for Family Resilience announces that the George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF) board has awarded a second year of funding for the Minding the Gap project. The goal for this program is to improve academic success among children of impoverished families who prefer to keep their children out of early childhood education programs. The children living in these conditions are not well equipped for kindergarten, especially if they are not placed in a high quality early childhood education facility.

Grzywacz receives Coalition of Hispanic Organizations Award

Cutline:  Center for Family Resilience Director Joe Grzywacz in the orange tie is pictured with from left Tony Marin, Chrissy Whitten, Fatima Linares Gomez, Dr. Joe Grzywacz, Dr. Ron Cox, Mindred Martinez, Carola Muñoz de Cote and Christina Starzl.

Center for Family Resilience Post Doctoral Training Program

The overall goal of the Center for Family Resilience Post Doctoral Training Program (CFR-PDTP) is to prepare a diverse pool of scientists to launch extramurally funded careers focused on translational science that strengthens families.  The CFR-PDTP seeks motivated and visionary doctoral students who are interested in becoming productive and successful independent research investigators.