The Consortium for Families and Health Research
C-FAHR was formed in Spring 2014, after a core group of interdisciplinary faculty received a competitive grant to develop a 'transformative cluster hire' that builds on the existing strengths of current University of Utah faculty and expands the potential for interdisciplinary collaboration among scholars conducting cutting-edge research related to health and families across the lifespan.
The consortium involves an interdisciplinary group of scholars that seeks to understand how the family system can be utilized to improve the health and health care of individuals across the life span (children, adolescents, adults of all ages). Researchers are developing state-of-the-art models and methods from life-span development to inform how families can facilitate health promoting behaviors and adjust to a variety of chronic illnesses. The Consortium seeks to identify strategies whereby the family system can operate effectively as a vehicle for promoting health and adjusting to chronic illnesses across time and how such strategies may vary across developmental life stages.