FHDRI is an interdisciplinary research institute focused on producing pioneering research on the structures and processes that impact daily life for children and families in a rapidly evolving world. We seek to forge alliances among scholars across the social, behavioral, and health sciences who are dedicated to furthering knowledge about human and family dynamics and to join them with community partners and policy makers so that the knowledge derived will be highly relevant to daily life and directly applicable to professional practice and social policy.
FHDRI provides an infrastructure to engender and facilitate collaborative, transdisciplinary research and communication initiatives that advance understanding and practice pertaining to human and family dynamics. The Institute provides both fiscal and administrative assistance to support faculty-initiated ideas that have potential to make significant contributions to science and practice. In order to achieve its goals, FHDRI will:
- Organize seminars and workshops ton emerging topics and scientific methodologies
- Bring clusters of faculty and community partners together around critical themes
- Provide investments to initiative promising research and communication efforts
- Support junior faculty in developing capacities to engage in cutting-edge research
- Produce research and po.icy briefs
- Provide support for the development of grant applications
Given the strengths and interests of ASU faculty and the resources and characteristics of the greater Phoenix community, the following themes have been identified as targets for FHDRI efforts:
- Early Pathways to Competence: Explorations of the roots of life-long health, positive adjustment, academic success, and social competence.
- Family Dynamics: Investigations of the complexities and dynamic nature of family and social interactions, including their biological and cultural underpinnings and the economic and political forces that help determine their shape and consequences.
- Health disparities: Investigations pertaining to the etiology of physical and mental health, with special attention to socioeconomic and cultural factors that affect well-being and to the health care delivery system
- Human population dynamics: Studies of change in human populations and how those changes affect individuals, social interactions, social institutions, and cultural practices.
- Identity and adjustment of Latino children and families: Explorations of how Latino children and families form identities and adjust to the demands of life in the United States, with attention to how legal, political, social, and economic factors are implicated in their adjustment.