Welcome to the Center for Family Research

We are a behavioral science research center at the University of Georgia. Our research is guided by a concern for the difficulties faced by African American families living in the rural South. In many of these communities, the lack of resources for health care and employment can make it especially difficult to raise children. We focus on the strengths of these families and communities that allow children to thrive. We believe CFR is successful because we create strong partnerships with community members at every level of our research program.

Our mission at the Center for Family Research is to do research that makes a difference in the lives of rural African Americans. We ask questions about what makes African American families strong – and then use the answers to develop family-based programs. If our research proves these programs are successful, our next step is to get the program into communities so as many families as possible can benefit.