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Culture and Family Life Lab, January 2021

Directed by Dr. Gail M. Ferguson, our lab is studying the impact of 21st Century globalization on cultural, developmental, and family processes including family health. We are working to better understand and promote the resilience of children and youth, while supporting and equipping their parents, to recognize and skillfully navigate many cultural influences stemming from local cultures in which they live (via ethnic/racial socialization & proximal acculturation), faraway new cultures (via remote acculturation), and faraway heritage cultures (via remote enculturation). 

We are transnational. We conduct our research and intervention internationally (especially in the Majority World / low/middle-income countries), and in the U.S. We often use the Jamaican Diaspora as a case study, meaning that we study both Jamaican non-immigrants living on the island and Jamaican immigrants living in the United States to develop new theory, research, and interventions that are later extended to other groups.

We are transdisciplinary. We have active transdisciplinary partnerships with scholars in media/advertising and nutrition.

We are translational. Our basic and applied research studies inform the development of preventive interventions to promote the resilience of globalizing youth and families.

Some topics of focus in the Culture and Family Life Lab are:

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