UNT research team earns grant totaling more than $900,000 in research dollars

A University of North Texas research team from the Educational Psychology department in the College of Education has been awarded a research grant in cooperation with the Parenting Center of Forth Worth. The U.S. Administration of Children and Families (ACF) grant is expected to continue for the next five years, garnering a total of more than $900,000 in research dollars for UNT and a five-year total of more than $6.9 million for the Parenting Center.

The research, a large-scale randomized field trial, will be directed by UNT faculty members Darrell M. Hull, Kelly Roberts and Qi Chen and will support education and training of doctoral students in the department. The investigation is a comprehensive evaluation of the Parenting Center's Empowering Families Project, an innovative program focused on strengthening marriages and relationships in Tarrant County. The Parenting Center will offer marriage/relationship and parenting education services, career placement, and information and referral support on domestic violence and child abuse to low-income families, refugees, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) recipients and those at risk of receiving TANF.

"An ultimate goal of healthy marriage programming, along with wrap-around services such as financial literacy and job placement, is to improve child well-being outcomes," Roberts said. "Supporting 'gold standard' research such as this randomized control trial will ensure that the Parenting Center, and the broader ACF policy makers, will have access to the best information possible to make informed social service decisions."

Other community agencies involved in this collaborative project are Catholic Charities Diocese of Fort Worth, SafeHaven of Tarrant County, One Safe Place, Family Pathfinders, Clayton Yes!, and Communities in Schools.

The Parenting Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Tarrant County, impacts nearly 18,000 individuals a year by providing family life education, counseling, case management and co-parenting programs. For more information on services, visit www.theparentingcenter.org or call 817-332-6348.


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