THE CENTER FOR FAMILY INTERVENTION SCIENCE
The MISSION of the Center for Family Intervention Science at Drexel University is to study and disseminate family centered care models that promote strengths, resources, and community engagement, particularly for vulnerable or marginalized families. We aim to improve the well-being of children and adults with medical, developmental or behavioral health conditions through interprofessional research, education, and practice.
Members of the Center consist of a diverse group of professionals, including research scientists, educators, and practitioners at Drexel University, as well as collaborating service providers and organizations from the City of Philadelphia and around the world. Drexel faculty represent a wide RANGE OF DISCIPLINES including:
- Counseling & Family Therapy
- Health Systems & Sciences Research
- Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences
Our interprofessional collaborations provide a rich and creative context for promoting family-centered care interventions across the life span. Funding for research, educational, and clinical programs has come from federal, state and private foundation sponsors.
Social and environmental contexts interact in ways that affect the health and wellness of families and their communities.
These contexts might include race, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic status, education, access to resources, immigration status, transportation, and neighborhood and lived environments. Our FAMILY INTERVENTION APPROACHES include:
- Prevention and Health Promotion
- Family and Community Engagement
- Collaborative and Integrated Care
- Program Development and Implementation
Projects in the Center promote behavioral and physical health and wellness with an appreciation for the interplay between the two domains. Collectively, our PROGRAM AND RESEARCH INITIATIVES address:
- Suicide, Depression, Anxiety
- Neurodegenerative Conditions
- Perinatal Stress
- Physical Disabilities
- Childhood Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
- Housing Distress
Research, educational, and clinical interventions promote OUTCOMES of:
- Emotional Development
- Secure Attachment
- Balanced Nutrition
- Healthy Parenting
- Supportive Caregiving
- Capacity Building
- Diversity and Health Equity
The Center is committed to working with diverse populations of families throughout the life span in both University and Community settings, including behavioral health clinics, primary care offices, hospitals, emergency rooms, pediatric rehabilitation clinics, schools, homes, and neighborhoods.