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Welcome from the Director

Reflections on Our First Year

September 2018

In the summer of 2017, the Center for Family Intervention Science received its formal designation in the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University. A small group of faculty helped conceptualize the Center’s vision, which recognizes the importance of a family-centered perspective to service, education, and research development, implementation and dissemination. Through much hard work, I am proud to say much of this vision for the launch of the Center has been realized.

Dr. Lisa Chiarello from Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences has been instrumental in her role as Associate Director, focusing on the development of Center infrastructure and research proposals. Dr. Laura N. Gitlin, our new Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions, has injected family-centered expertise and philosophy into our College’s research, education and service initiatives. And lastly, nothing would have moved forward without the initiative and diligence of Cameron McConkey.

With all this support, we have several accomplishments to look back on from this year that are reviewed in this report. The Center achieved its two primary objectives for its first year: building infrastructure to support research, education, and service activities through the development of policies and procedures, recruitment of new members, sponsorship of a student internship, and expansion of web and social media presence; and establishing new partnerships and collaborations both within and external to the Drexel University community.

Three important programs should be highlighted:

  1. We initiated a web-based Speaker Series where five different faculty gave short lectures on family-centered treatment research and care within their specialty areas. We archived all the talks on our new YouTube station and website.
  2. We wrote a research proposal in response to an internal University grant announcement. This project would support Center infrastructure and four pilot studies. The grant planning process galvanized the team and many of its ideas and goals.
  3. We started a strong collaboration with the West Philadelphia Promise Zone and Promise Neighborhood projects. Both these project will set the stage for future research collaborations.

These projects and others have helped consolidate the goals and mission of our first year as a Center. The table is now set for many new projects and expansion of faculty membership. I look forward to developing more collaborations between faculty, providers and community members and launching some new family-centered treatment research. I welcome your input, participation, and enthusiasm.


Guy Diamond, PhD
Director, Center for Family Intervention Science