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.

Light and Circadian Rhythms in an Older Adult Congregate Living Facility

by Greg Clare, Ph.D.

Friday, Feb. 20th, 12:15-1:15 North Hall 226, OSU-Tulsa Simulcast to ITLE 105, OSU-Stillwater Light lunch provided at both sites

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.

The Oklahoma State University Center for Family Resilience Post Doctoral Training Program Fellowship

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.

The CFR-PDTP will accomplish its goal by inviting 4 to 6 doctoral students to become involved in a guided grant writing program. Successful applicants will form a cohort of Fellows led by Dr. Joseph G. Grzywacz and other faculty who have proven success at receiving NIH funding.  Fellows will be expected to write an application for a NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (F32). The CFR-PDTP will support the Fellows by providing instruction and detailed feedback through regular group meetings (via Skype) and individual consultations. Final proposals will go through a mock review led by NIH reviewers at the NCFR 2015 annual conference in Vancouver, Canada. Final F32 grant applications are expected to be submitted to the NIH for the December 2015 cycle.


Dr. Brenda Smith has been named Associate Director for Research for The Center for Family Resilience (CFR). As associate director, Smith will develop and implement initiatives to accomplish the main objectives of the CFR’s research program.

Smith is the John and Sue Taylor Professor in the College of Human Sciences at Oklahoma State University. As a nutritional sciences professor, her research focus is on osteoporosis and the protective effects bioactive components in plant-based food can have on bone health.

Joe Grzywacz, CFR director said he is pleased Smith will be joining the CFR.

”Dr. Smith’s extensive background in grant-writing for multiple disciplines and her stellar publication credentials bring a fresh and valuable expertise to the center,” Grzywacz said. “Her record of multiple collaborative projects with investigators across colleges and other universities and her willingness to mentor emerging investigators make her the ideal candidate for the position.”

Smith received the OSU Regents Distinguished Research Award in 2009 and is on the editorial board of PLoS ONE an international, peer –reviewed, online publication.