Grandparent Resource Site
The Grandparent Resource Site Grant provides a holistic system of services to grandparents, grandchildren and professionals with the goal of enhancing the abilities of kinship care families to foster school readiness in young children.

National Research Center on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
This is a collaborative initiative between Georgia State and Western Michigan universities which seeks to inform professionals, decision makers and the public on unique needs, challenges and strengths facing many custodial grandparent families.

Recent grant activity

The faculty in Fashion Merchandising and Design (Mary Simpson, Zee-Sun Yun and Kelly Weathers) have been selected for funding $17,314 from Cotton Incorporated to do the project entitled Cotton Knowledge and Sustainability from Classroom to Community.

International scholarship

Internationally, faculty over the past several years have conducted projects in Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Germany, Ireland, Norway, the Mariana Islands, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.

Faculty expertise and research

Karen Blaisure - Family Science

  • Military families, military family members, parents and military children
  • Youth and community development
  • Advisory boards

Charles Bruce - Workforce Education and Development

  • Teacher certification
  • Technical curriculum design
  • Educational technology

Jou-Chen Chen - Family Science

  • Immigrant families
  • Parent-child relationships
  • Adultification/parentification
  • Risk and resilience of individuals and families

Kimberly Doudna - Family Science

  • Food insecurity
  • Family stress/resilience
  • Child behavior
  • Co-parenting

Angel Gullón-Rivera - Family Science

  • Storytelling, social stories and narrative approaches
  • Attachment, self-worth and social understanding
  • Parenting education and community-university partnership
  • Family strengths and resilience
  • Immigrant families

Melinda Holohan - Family Science

  •  Child and family development
  • Screen media/technology and family functioning
  • Critical media literacy

Mary Beth Janssen - Interior Design

  • Design process
  • Color rendering
  • Interior design concept development

Beth Jarl - Interior Design

  • Team formation
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity

Adam Manley - Workforce Education and Development

  • Job competency and task development
  • Federal education legislation
  • Mixed methodologies research

Ping Ouyang - Nutrition and Dietetics

  • Nutrient metabolism
  • Bioactive compounds and chronic disease prevention
  • Youth nutrition education

Marcy Peake - Family Science

  • First generation college students
  • Youth and community development
  • Equity and inclusion

Arezoo Rojhani - Dietetics

  • Physical/sensory characteristics of food products
  • Food safety
  • Lifestle modifications on adult health outcomes
  • Diet and anemia in low-income pregnant women

Karin Rourke - Family Science

Mary Simpson - Fashion Merchandising and Design

  • Collaborative learning
  • Teamwork and creativity
  • Learning and impact

Chitra Singh - Fashion Merchandising and Design

  • Older consumer behavior
  • Improving retail environment for older consumers
  • Sustainable consumption within the textile and apparel industry
  • Consumer brand relationships and sustainable consumption

Kelly Weathers - Fashion Merchandising and Design

  • Merchandising and promotion
  • Student organization mentorship

Zee-Sun Yun - Fashion Merchandising and Design

  • Consumer well-being
  • Sustainable consumption
  • Assessment and evaluation in higher education