Welcome to the Program on Stress and Family Resilience

The Program on Stress and Family Resilience offers a platform for interdisciplinary research partnerships on caregiving, health, and wellbeing. Projects are undertaken in conjunction with the Reproductive Ecology Laboratory (YREL) within Anthropology and the Program on Conflict, Resilience, and Health (CRH) within the MacMillan Center at Yale.


Yale University – Principal Investigator, Dr. Catherine Panter-Brick, was awarded a grant from Research in Humanitarian Crises with the aim to strengthen the evidence base for interventions that focus on stress alleviation in refugee youth. This research project will be conducted in collaboration with Columbia University, Mercy Corps, Taghyeer, the University of Western Ontario, and Harvard University. Specifically, this project will provide a ‘proof-of-concept tool-kit’ that will support academic and humanitarian actors to make informed choices around innovative methods for project evaluation. More information can be found here.


Yale University – Senior investigators Drs. Catherine Panter-Brick, Rima Salah, and James Leckman have just release a new book, Pathways to Peace: The Transformative Power of Children and Families. You can learn more about this here.


United Nations, NYC – On September 9, 2014, the 2014 UN High Level Forum on The Culture of Peace, members of the Early Childhood Peace Consortium, UNICEF, and the Global Movement for the Culture of Peace discussed the important role that parents can play in caregiving. Longitudinal research has documented the lifelong beneficial effects on children when parents invest in child development during the early years. A slideshow of the UN event can be viewed here.

The Yale team at the meeting (from left, Angelica Ponguta, James F. Leckman, and Catherine Panter-Brick). (Photo by N. Shemrah Fallon.)