Family Adversity and Resilience Research Program

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The UConn Health Family Adversity and Resilience Research (FARR) program is led by child psychologists, Margaret Briggs-Gowan, Damion Grasso and Carolyn Greene. At FARR, we are conducting studies to help us learn ways to promote healthy development in children who have experienced stressful life events and other kinds of adversity.

Many children have stressful or challenging experiences while growing up, such as family conflict or violence, community violence, or other stressful experiences like car accidents or medical emergencies. These experiences can have a negative impact on children’s development. Some children have problems with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, or behavior problems. Other children do well even after these kinds of experiences. The FARR program is working to identify social and biological factors that influence children’s development and behavior. We hope that what we learn will be used to develop better interventions for reducing risk and building resilience.

The FARR program is designed to be comfortable for families with young children as well as older children. We use child-friendly activities that are tailored to each child’s age to learn about their development and behavior.

We have three active studies. The Adaption and Resilience in Children Study (ARCS) seeks participation from mothers and their young children (ages 4-6 years). The Maternal Adversity, Resilience, and Infancy Study seeks participation from pregnant women receiving services at Hartford Hospital. The Parent and Child Emotions Study (PACES) seeks participation from 9-12 year old children and one of their parents.

Visit our study pages to learn more about eligibility.

To learn about opportunities for training and volunteering in our lab, please visit our Training Opportunities page.

Contact Us

Family Adversity and Resilience Research Program
Department of Psychiatry
UConn Health
65 Kane Street
West Hartford, CT 06119


Phone: 860-798-8790