We are dedicated to enhancing the well-being of individuals, families, and social institutions through innovative transdisciplinary research, instructional excellence, and active community involvement.

We strive to be a leader in transformative discovery; fusing basic and applied research; and translating scientific knowledge into solutions for pressing problems related to children, youth, families, and their social worlds.

Join the REACH Institute Nationwide Study

The REACH Institute have partnered with Dove INC. in creating a curriculum, the Amazing Me Program, that boosts body confidence and self-esteem in children ages 9 to 11 years old. We are currently seeking 4th and 5th-grade teachers to join our nationwide study during the Spring Semester of 2021.

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Centers, Labs, and Initiatives

Our award-winning faculty members and students are actively engaged in several, cutting-edge research centers, labs, and initiatives. These provide exciting opportunities for growth in learning, side-by-side research with faculty members, and hands-on opportunities to enrich the lives of children, youth, and families.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

At the T. Denny School of Social and Family Dynamics, research isn’t just for faculty and graduate students. Gain experience, form professional connections, and work with faculty mentors on work you believe in.


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Top 3

National Leader in Child & Family Studies


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