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Inter-University Center For Child, Family, and Community Studies

The Florida Inter-University Center for Child, Family and Community Studies brings together faculty from public and private universities across Florida to provide cutting edge research in service of children and families.


The Mission of the IUC is to develop and support family and community effectiveness in meeting the needs of children and families at all stages of development. through research, education, policy and service activities

The principal objectives of the Center are:

  • To conduct research designed to advance scientific knowledge of forces influencing the capacity of families to create healthy environments for child and family development;
  • To use research-based information to guide and inform state and national policy designed to impact child and family well-being, and to critically evaluate the outcomes of current and proposed policies on children and families;
  • To design and deliver educational programs that empower families and communities to foster the optimal development of children and families.

Major Areas of Focus:

  • Family Program Evaluation
  • Policies Impacting Children, Families and Communities
  • Family Security
  • Child Care Quality
  • School-to-Work Transitions
  • Relationship Enhancement
  • School Preparedness and Family/Community Investments in Schools
  • Adolescence & The Transition to Adulthood

Universities Partner Websites

State Universities

Florida State University
Primary Contact: Dr. Ann Mullis

University of South Florida
Primary Contact: Dr. Mary Armstrong

Florida A&M University
Primary Contact: Dr. Robert Lemons

University of Florida
Primary Contact: Dr. Rosemary Barnett

University of North Florida
Primary Contact: Dr. Cheryl Fountain

University of Central Florida
Primary Contact: Dr. John Manning (not a link)

Private Universities

University of Miami
Primary Contact: Dr. José Szapocznik

Florida Memorial University
Primary Contact: Dr. Adele Beckerman

Nova Southeastern University


Research Areas:

Young Children

Youth And Families At Risk