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Greetings from the Frances McClelland Institute, 

February has been an incredible month here at the Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families. We are excited to tell you about the numerous meetings, events, and new research from the Institute this month.

This month we had our second Turbeville Speaker Series of the semester with Dr. Eric Swank, Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis from Arizona State University. Dr. Swank presented his research entitled "Sexual Identities, Resistance, and Protesting." Our next Turbeville Speaker Series will be on Friday, March 24, from 1:15 to 2:30pm in room 402. Dr. Rebecca White, Assistant Professor of Family and Human Development in the Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University, will be presenting her research entitled, "New Approaches to Neighborhood Effects Scholarship for a New America." If you are interested in watching past Turbeville Speaker Series, all of the presentations can be found here.

Dr. Eric Swank with FSHD graduate students and faculty.
This month we had eight prospective FSHD graduate students come visit the Norton School to learn more about the opportunities they have here at the University of Arizona. The prospective graduate students had a packed schedule with meetings with professors, and tours of our facilities, including the Lang Lab. They also attended the Turbeville Speaker Series. We are excited to welcome new graduate students in the Fall and to continue opening up the doors for high quality educational and research opportunities.

Emma Alexander, FMI Federal Work Study Student
We would also like to welcome Emma Alexander, the new FMI Federal Work Study student. Emma is a freshman here at the University of Arizona and she is majoring in Family Studies and Human Development. Emma will be working in the Institute on a weekly basis, so if you see her be sure to say hello.

Lastly, we had an incredible meeting with the FMI Family Advisory Council at the beginning of the month. The Council is comprised of community leaders from more than 24 local community organizations. This past meeting the Council began to explore opportunities to recognize leaders from our community by revitalizing the Frances McClelland Vision Award. We are excited for the opportunities that the Council is creating to improve the lives of children, youth and families in Arizona and the world. 

Once again, thank you for your continuous support of the Institute. Don't forget to follow FMI on TwitterFacebook and our new LinkedIn page for weekly updates about the Institute.

In Partnership,
 Andrea Romero, Ph.D.
 Fitch Nesbitt Professor
Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families
 Family Studies & Human Development


Research Highlights from the Institute

Dr. Emily Butler, chair of the Mechanisms of Emotion, Social Relationships, and Health (MESH) initiative, was recently interviewed by New York Magazine for an article about interpersonal synchrony and how it works. 

"Emily Butler, who directs the Health and Interpersonal Systems research group at the University of Arizona, says that moving in sync creates feelings of trust and closeness between people. There are two main forms of synchrony: in-phase, where you behave in the same way as the other, like crossing the same leg as your friend does when you sit down on the couch; and anti-phase, where you take turns."

You can read the full article here.

Dr. Melissa Curran, head of the Romantic Relationships and Complex Families lab, was recently featured in UA news for her studies on sacrifice in couples' relationships.

"Curran's research shows that sacrifices are a key component of healthy romantic relationships, because they demonstrate that individuals are thinking about their partners and their partners' outcomes. These acts signal an investment in a partner's well-being and a continued commitment to the relationship."

You can read the full article here.

Dr. Russell Toomey, chair of the Youth Development and Resilience Initiative, recently had a study published in the Journal of Intercollegiate Sport about student athlete engagement in LGBTQ ally actions.

If you are interested in reading the full journal article or have any questions about this research, please contact Dr. Toomey at

You can access a portion of the article here.

FMI's Upcoming Events

March 15, 2017
FMI Dissertation Research Award
FMI Dissertation Research Award submission due by 5pm MST.
To learn more about the Dissertation Research Award click

March 24, 2017
Turbeville Speaker Series
Dr. Rebecca M. B. White, Assistant Professor of Family and Human Development in the Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University
"New Approaches to Neighborhood Effects Scholarship for a New America"
McClelland Park, Room 402

April 21, 2017
FMI Student Poster Session Colloquium
McClelland Park Lobby

Undergraduate and Graduate students, if you are interested in presenting in the Student Poster Session Colloquium, please email Feliz Baca, FMI program coordinator, at by March 31, 2017 to  reserve your spot. 
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Questions? Contact FMI Program Coordinator, Feliz Baca, at 520.621.8067 or email

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