UNT hosts workshop, reception focusing on family science

Faculty in the University of North Texas Department of Educational Psychology's Human Development and Family Sciences program will host the Elaine Millikan Mathes Interactive Workshop from 2 to 4pm Monday, August 31, at the UNT Gateway Center. The workshop, aimed at higher education and nonprofit professionals, grant writers and others with an interest in family science, is titled "Ins and Outs of Agencies and Universities: Working Together, Problems and Solutions."

Dr. Joe Grzywacz, chair of the Department of Family and Child Science at Florida State University and a top-ranking National Institutes of Health researcher, will share his experience in attaining funding and building programs that help community agencies and university researchers build strong, fundable applied programs that benefit from the skills of agency practitioners and university faculty.

"Dr. Grzywacz has a strong history in community prevention and intervention work, notable funding, and a clear interest in sharing his experiences as a means of helping build programs to support families," said Wendy Middlemiss, associate professor in the UNT Department of Educational Psychology. "Those who attend will engage in identifying realistic ways to move their research, funding or programs forward."

Attendees are encouraged to bring their questions specific to their agency or discipline. Discussions will center on issues attendees are facing in regards to funding, program evaluation and networking.

The workshop will be followed by the Elaine Millikan Mathes Networking Reception from 4 to 5 p.m. in UNT Gateway Center ballroom. The reception will bring together professionals who have similar interests in building university and community connections to further programs supporting families in the North Texas area.

The reception is open to everyone, including those who did not attend the workshop.

Both the workshop and the reception are free, and pre-registration is required for each separately. Seating is limited.

Click here to register for the workshop, and here to register for the reception.

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About the workshop presenter

Dr. Joe Grzywacz is chair of the Department of Family and Child Science at Florida State University. Grzywacz worked in the Wake Forest School of Medicine's Department of Family and Community Medicine, becoming the second-highest National Institutes of Health-funded faculty member across all departments of family and community medicine in the country. His research focuses primarily on the health implications of everyday work and family life, his populations of interest being racial and ethnic minority groups, families in poverty and working adults with children.